Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Skin: bacterial disease - overview

Contributor(s): Gemma Pearson

Introduction

  • Cause: break in normal skin defences and/or immunosuppression.
  • Signs: pustules, papules, folliculitis/furunculosis, cellulitis, abscesses, crusts, nodules, scaling, alopecia and pain/pruritus.
  • Diganosis: history, clinical signs, lesion distribution and culture.
  • Treatment: resolve any underlying problems. Topical and systemic antimicrobials; immunosuppressnat drugs should generally be avoided but may be required to manage an underlying condition.
  • Prognosis: good to poor; varies depending on diagnosis and/or management of any underlying condition.

Common bacterial infections

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Clinical findings

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Disease associated with bacterial infections

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Diagnosis and treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • BEVA (2012) BEVA Antimicrobial Policy Template 2012.Practice Policy: Dose and Routes of Administration of Common Antimicrobials. Website: www.beva.org.uk (PDF).
  • Reed S M, Bayly W M & Sellon D C (2010) Equine Internal Medicine. 3rd edn. Saunders. ISBN: 978-1-4160-5670-6.
  • Scott D W & Miller H (2003) Equine Dermatology. Saunders. ISBN: 0-7216-2571-1.


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