Carr & Day & Martin Kill Itch
The Science Behind the Itch
Sweet itch (also known as Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis) is a hypersensitivity allergic reaction to the saliva of the Culicoides midge and also flies from the genus Simulium. The protein in the salvia causes the immune system to launch an inappropriate inflammatory response, resulting in an allergic reaction developing around the bite. This inevitably leads to itching, predominantly around the mane and tail. As a result the horse will rub and bite itself in an attempt to relieve the itching, perpetuating the problem and resulting in excoriation. It is not uncommon to encounter a horse that has rubbed its mane and tail bald due to this irritation. Severe itching can therefore be extremely stressful to the horse, lead to serious hair, skin and tissue damage and in some cases secondary bacterial infections.
Killitch is AVM-GSL Licensed and has therefore undergone rigorous testing for safety, efficacy and quality. The unique formulation, containing Benzyl Benzoate, interacts with the nervous system of the midge, killing them before they can bite. Further to this Killitch formula provides immediate relief to those already suffering from sweet itch, with visible improvements generally seen within two weeks. For best results use Killitch as a preventative measure in early spring for those that are known to suffer from sweet itch, and stop the condition from taking hold.
Treating Sweet Itch Using Killitch
Apply to all affected areas by rubbing in with fingers or a soft cloth as soon as any problems occur and for the remainder of the season (March to September). Initial application of 75ml should be made twice daily, reducing to once daily and then 3-4 times a week as the irritation lessens. All affected areas should be kept clean by shampooing at least once a week. Carr & Day & Martin Gallop Medicated Shampoo is ideal for use on dry, scurfy, sensitive skin and is recommended for use in conjunction with Killitch. Reapply Killitch after shampooing or heavy exercise, to ensure adequate protection.