Sweet Itch

The hypersensitivity to the saliva injected when midges, sand flies and other insects bite, causes horses to itch and then rub themselves, which often leads to inflamed and broken skin. The condition is known as sweet itch.

It affects typically the mane and tail although the entire dorsal midline, flanks and ventral midline may also be affected.

In the UK sweet itch usually occurs between April and October. Clinical signs include itchiness, hair loss, skin thickening, crusting and redness.

Can Equissage help?

Equissage cannot help in respect of the cause of sweet itch. With regard to treatment, success treatment equates to keeping horse and offending midges apart.

However Equissage can help to heal with regard to affected areas of skin and reduce the risk of skin thickening by promoting localised circulation. This is by means of exercising the minute muscles of the lymphatic system which then works to eliminate wastes and toxins thus allowing in all the fresh nutrients vital to healing of the affected skin.


Use the Pad for the standard 20 minute session on a lower rather than higher setting - No.3-No.4 as the heat-promoting properties could result in increased itchiness. Do not be tempted to use the Hand Unit on broken skin but it could be used around crusted areas to help localised circulation to aid healing.