Mud Fever, pastern dermatitis, greasy heels and cracked heels, are all names given to a condition that can take over your life as a horse owner. Mud Fever is usually seen most commonly during wet and muddy conditions but even heavy dew in the summer mornings can cause skin lesions, these ones more commonly known as dew burn. More often than not it effects the white, pink skinned heels, but your black hairy heels are not immune. Left untreated or unseen, hiding in the hairy legs, it can fester and become a major issue. Crusty, scabby, red, sore areas of the skin that sometimes weep, legs swell and become painful which causes obvious discomfort for the horse.
How does it happen? The most common cause is bacteria. Wet skin becomes softer and more prone to abrasion, so in the muddy conditions the protective outer skin layer becomes damaged, this creates a great environment for the bacteria to take hold as the skins protective barrier is weakened.
Kyowave is a new product from Cryochaps that can help in the fight against Mud Fever. It’s an easy to use boot that harnesses the bacteria killing benefits of blue light therapy.
It has been found across many trials that blue light can mediate a broad-spectrum antimicrobial effect. Kyowave has been manufactured to produce blue light with wavelength range reported to be the most effective range of spectrum.
The specific wavelength of light used in Kyowave has been seen to destroy bacteria and has been shown to be safe to use on human and mammalian skin, yet cause significant disruption to bacterial systems, resulting in broad-spectrum bacterial cell damage and death. KYOWAVE is a novel light device that has been tested and shown to kill bacteria.
KYOWAVE is simple to use, just wrap, strap, turn on and leave for 30 mins.
For best results we advise that you gently remove the scabs, this can be done by placing your horses leg in a bucket of warm water and hibi scrub added. Let the scabs soften and then in circling action slowly agitate the scabs so they come away. It is important to try not to make the skin bleed as if you do then you have damaged the outer skin layer further.
Dry with a clean towel and clip the area, try not to take off too much hair in the surrounding area as this also serves to protect the horses leg against more abrasions from the mud.
Then apply KYOWAVE for 30 mins.
If you are also using an antibiotic cream then apply this after Kyowave application. This should be repeated daily until the skin stops scabbing and the hair begins to grow back in the infected area, this could take several weeks.