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The in­fec­tion grows worse de­spite treat­ment or does not heal within two weeks. Your vet­eri­nar­ian will want to rule out other con­di­tions, such as vas­culi­tis0 or mange0, which can look very sim­i­lar to scratches. In ad­di­tion, a pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion or a dif­fer­ent treat­ment may be needed if the in­fec­tion proves to be fun­gal rather than bac­te­rial in ori­gin.

The af­fected legs start to swell. If pathogens pen­e­trate the outer lay­ers of the skin, a se­ri­ous in­fec­tion of the deeper tis­sues may re­sult, lead­ing to painful swelling. You’ll want your vet­eri­nar­ian to be­gin treat­ment promptly.

The in­fec­tion re­curs per­sis­tently, de­spite treat­ment and changes in the horse’s liv­ing con­di­tions. Some horses are just more prone to scratches. But if yours seems to be con­stantly af­fected when oth­ers around him are not, your vet­eri­nar­ian will want to in­ves­ti­gate the rea­sons why. One pos­si­bil­ity is that your horse has an un­der­ly­ing dis­or­der that af­fects his im­mune func­tion.

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