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Interdigital dermatitis (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): Louise Cox-O’Shea , Roger Blowey

  • Interdigital dermatitis (IDD) is a bacterial infection of the skin between the claws of the foot.
  • More than one type of bacteria are believed to be involved (including: Dichelobacter nodosum, Prevotella spp, Fusobacterium necrophorum and Treponema spp).
  • IDD is common and occurs worldwide.
  • Interdigital dermatitis is not an accepted cause of lameness, but it can predispose to other skin conditions such as Foul-in-the-foot and digital dermatitis, which may in turn result in lameness.
    • As some of the same causal organisms are involved in IDD and Digital Dermatitis (DD), some authors consider that IDD is simply a mild form of DD! As research continues we will learn more about these conditions.
  • IDD is treatable and carries an excellent prognosis.

Predisposing factors

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Symptoms/ Clinical signs

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Diagnosis

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