Photosensitivity, the skin’s reaction to UV rays in sunlight, can be a cause or a contributing factor to cases of equine pastern dermatitis (EPD). Horses with white legs and pink skin suffer more commonly from UV sensitivities. Veterinarians and horse owners should keep in mind that photosensitivity might be the easiest contributing factor of EPD to defeat.
You can’t change the weather, and you can't always change where you keep your horse. That's where Silver Whinnys made by Sox For Horses, Inc., can help owners exercise control over those otherwise “uncontrollable” factors.
“As we have increased our understanding on the pathogenesis of this complex disease (EPD) in the last decade, we have become very aware of the importance of skin barrier dysfunction, whether primary or secondary to inflammation. Skin impairment can play an important role in facilitating allergen penetration and increasing the risk for allergic sensitization," wrote Rosanna Marsella, DVM, DACD, in her paper, "Atopic Dermatitis: What is the Latest in Therapy," presented at the 2016 Eighth World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology. Marsella is an award-winning veterinary dermatologist, researcher, author and a full professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine.
Marsella wrote in her article "Approach to Equine Pastern Dermatitis," published in the 2014 FAEP The Practitioner, “Since the list [of potential causes] is extensive, it is important to address secondary infections first and treat the treatable, and reassess [the causes] once the infections are resolved. In most cases, secondary infections are present and complicate the evaluations; thus successful identification of the underlying disease will also depend on complete resolution of the secondary infection.”
Win this battle by protecting sensitive skin from harmful direct sunlight. Silver Whinnys by Sox For Horses, Inc., are socks made specifically for equine legs.
1. Double-layered in construction, they stop the majority of UV rays from reaching the skin. As dirt and insects are also two major enemies of healing, this double layer stops biting insects and keeps dirt away from the skin.
2. They help resolve the secondary infection by providing a clean environment that promotes healing. Silver Whinnys offer the most advanced silver yarn technology in the world that inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi in the socks while the wicking/moisture-managing qualities of the yarn pull moisture away from the skin. Bacteria and fungi cannot penetrate the double layered protection of the socks when protocols* are followed.
3. Silver Whinnys provide more protection than you knew your horse needed. They allow valuable air to reach the skin's surface while wicking/moisture-managing qualities of the remarkable silver yarn pull moisture away from the skin, completing two vital functions of keeping the legs cool and the skin surface dry. Even in mud and wet weather, Silver Whinnys have been proven to keep the skin surface dry and clean.”
Marsella said, “While not a cure for all cases of EPD, the pull-on equine socks protect the skin and allow second infection to heal. Silver, which has antimicrobial properties and inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi, is embedded in the yarn used to make this product.”
* Sox For Horses, Inc. recommends that the Sox are changed every 24 hours until the dermatitis is resolved to be sure that the silver in the sox is always at optimum microbe reduction. If being used to prevent UV exposure and dermatitis is not present, the Silver Whinnys can be changed every other day.