Managing Sweet Itch in Horses

Dr. Susan White describes factors to consider when caring for a horse with sweet itch.
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Insect bite hypersensitivity, often known as sweet itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of midges or gnats. This condition most commonly affects the mane and tail, ventral midline (at the center of the belly), legs, and face and ears and can cause itching and hair loss. Dr. Susan White of the University of Georgia discusses how this condition affects horses, and what owners can do to help mitigate their horses’ risk in this excerpt from our Ask TheHorse Live podcast episode, “Managing the Itchy Horse.” 

About the Expert:

Susan L. White

Susan White DVMSusan L. White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Large Animal Medicine at University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. White has a long-standing interest in equine dermatology, lectures on the topic extensively nationally and internationally, and maintains an equine dermatology consulting service.


Written by:

Haylie Kerstetter, Digital Editor, holds a degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications and a minor in social media marketing. She is a Pennsylvania native and, as a horse owner herself, has a passion for helping owners provide the best care for their horses. When she is not writing or in the barn, she is spending time with her dog, Clementine.

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