Kyowave Mud Fever Boots for Horses
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What is Mud Fever in Horses?
Mud fever, pastern dermatitis, greasy heels and cracked heels: These are all names given to a condition that can take over your life as a horse owner. Usually seen in the wet winter months, mud fever can also occur as a result of heavy dew on summer mornings. Known as dew burn, this can also cause skin lesions. Left untreated or unseen, mud fever can fester and become a major issue for horses and horse owners. Mud fever often results in crusty, scabby, red, sore patches that begin to weep. Furthermore, the horse’s legs can swell and become painful, causing obvious discomfort.
What Causes Mud Fever in Horses?
Bacteria is the most common cause of mud fever, but fungus and mite infections can also play a part. Muddy conditions can damage the protective outer skin layer because wet skin becomes softer and more prone to abrasion. This weakens the skin’s protective barrier, creating a great environment for the bacteria to take hold. Likewise, leg mites can also damage the skin, allowing bacteria to enter. Unfortunately, even your horse’s overreach boots can rub and damage the skin, resulting in an infection.
Specifically, the most common bacteria found in these areas are Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Pseudomonas, along with many commensal bacteria. These usually grow when mud fever is swabbed for culture.
Using Blue Light Therapy
Most conventional mud fever treatments rely on antibiotics to treat the bacteria. Meanwhile, preventative options such as turnout boots aim to protect the skin from becoming damaged and prevent infection. However, both options have their limitations. Firstly, antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in equine medicine, meaning we must find ways of reducing our reliance on antibiotic medicines. Secondly, whilst preventing mud fever is always better than allowing it to take hold, this can be very difficult for horse owners during the wet winter months. No matter how hard you try, persistent mud fever may still return. Finally, some preventative options, such as turnout boots or barrier creams, can actually make the mud fever worse. Wet, muddy turnout boots can cause the skin abrasions they are supposed to prevent. Meanwhile, barrier creams can provide the humid environment that bacteria need to thrive.
This is where blue light therapy comes in. Blue light is known to kill bacteria, and it is already used to treat acne in humans. We developed Kyowave as an innovative solution to mud fever for horse owners who, despite their very best efforts, simply cannot seem to rid their horses of the dreaded mud fever.
Are You at Your Wit’s End With Mud Fever?
If you’ve tried turnout boots, creams, lotions and potions, and your horse is still suffering from the dreaded mud fever, Kyowave is here for you. Stop pulling your hair out over mud fever this winter with Kyowave blue light therapy boots. Ditch the lotions and potions and switch to our powerful and proven mud fever boots for horses today.
Learn More About Mud Fever and the Science Behind Kyowave
We design our products with equine wellbeing and performance front and centre. Kyowave has been designed as an innovative, science-led way to deal with stubborn, mud fever-causing bacteria. Read our blog articles to learn more about the science behind blue light and Kyowave.