Ring worm is an infectious skin infection caused by the fungi species Trichophyton and less commonly Microsporum. The disease is highly contagious is mainly transmitted through contact with infected horses or contaminated equipment. The presence of skin abrasions will also increase the chance of horses acquiring ringworm. Ringworm is not only infectious to horses, but also people and other animals.
The symptoms usually start with patches of raised hairs in a circular (ring) pattern. The hairs give way easily when plucked and hair loss follows, leaving a silvery scaling of the underlying skin. The lesions are only pruritic (itchy) in the early stages of the disease but can remain sensitive to the touch for longer periods.
Can Equissage help?
There is not a definitive answer.
It could be argued that there is no logical reasoning which could explain why using Equissage would help directly in alleviating this condition. In fact some may say that its use may actively promote the spread of ringworm over further areas of the body, but there is no evidence to support this theory.
From the positive point of view, as an infection which the body will naturally try and combat, then there is reasoning which actively supports the use of Equissage to promote healthy circulation as an aid to healing. The promotion of lymphatic drainage as an aid to the immune defences combined with improved localised circulation for skin (tissue) repair/regeneration and hair re-growth are all positive in terms as to why using Equissage can certainly assist the recovery process.
Use the Pad on a setting No.3-No.5 for 20 minutes twice a day as an aid to the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Localised use of the Hand Unit will not add any further benefits.
Point to Note:
As ringworm is highly contagious, then do not share Equissage equipment between horses. All equipment should be thoroughly disinfected.