Could a Cream Eliminate Equine Aural Plaques?
You’ve seen the white stuff on the inside of horses’ ears. Maybe you’ve even tried to get rid of it. In many cases, however, this substance—aural plaque—is challenging to eliminate. But researchers recently tested a cream that could prove useful for treating aural plaques: imiquimod, an immune-boosting paste sometimes used to treat sarcoids.

Aural plaques resemble warts and are caused by the Equus caballus papillomavirus (EcPV), probably spread by flies and biting insects. Not only are the warts unsightly, but they can also reduce a horse’s sale value and cause ear sensitivity of varying degrees. Treatment with a 5% imiquimod cream can be effective, but can result in inflammat

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