Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Therapeutics: skin

Contributor(s): Graham Munroe, Sue Paterson

Principles

  • Consider likely benefits and possible undesirable consequences.
  • Accurate diagnosis essential for effective and economic treatment.
  • Record history and physical examination findings to allow accurate assessment of response to treatment.
  • Decide whether topical or systemic medication is best to treat the condition:
    • Topical/local: 
      • High local concentrations.
      • Minimal systemic side effects.
      • Reduced overall drug quantity required.
      • Economic benefit.
    • Systemic:
      • Required for deeper skin conditions, extensive lesions or where skin lesions are part of a systemic disorder.
    • Non-specific symptomatic therapy can often be beneficial, eg:
      • Topical anti-pruritic agents.
      • Emollient creams.
      • Shampoos.

Antiseptics/disinfectants

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Antiviral agents

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Antibiotics

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Antifungal agents

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Ectoparasiticides

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references fromPubMedpublished during the last 12 months.
  • Knottenbelt D C & Walker J A (1994)Topical treatment of the equine sarcoid. Equine Vet Educ672-75.
  • Bowers J R, Huntington P J & Slocombe R F (1994)Efficacy of Cimetidine for therapy of skin tumors of horses - 10 cases. Aust Equine Vet1230-32.
  • Blackwood L & Dobson J M (1994)Radiotherapy in the horse. Equine Vet Educ695-99.
  • Bertone A L & McClure J J (1990)Therapy for sarcoids. Comp Cont Educ Prac Vet12262-265.
  • Goetz T E, Ogilvie G K, Keegan K G & Johnson P J (1990)Cimetidine for the treatment of melanoma in 3 horses. JAVMA196449-452PubMed.
  • Auer D E & Seawright A (1984)Illness in horses following spraying with Amitraz. Aust Vet J61, 257-260PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Scott D W (1988)Large Animal Dermatology.Philadelphia: W B Saunders.


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