Fact Sheet: Allergies in Horses
Allergen Avoidance Key to Controlling Allergies, but What Else Can Help?
Like people, horses can develop allergies to pollens/trees/plants, dust components and mites, molds, medications, shampoos, and food.¹ Typical reactions to allergen exposure include severe itching (pruritus) and the development of hives (urticaria). Veterinary intervention, particularly in chronic cases, is directed at controlling the itch, treating the secondary dermatitis and trauma caused by the horse’s scratching and rubbing, and discussing allergen avoidance.
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