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Rhabditic dermatitis

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Etiology

The larvae of the nematode (worm) Pelodera strongyloides, which live in decaying organic matter invade skin that has been previously compromised by injury, dirt or dampness.
Symptoms
Red, bald pustules, followed by crusts and extreme itching in areas exposed to damp bedding, such as abdomen, legs, and chest.
Treatment
Clean up any moist or dirty bedding. The affected skin may need spraying or dust with insecticide. If itching is severe, cortisone creams or even shots may be needed.
Prevention
Never let goats lie in bedding that is wet or has been soiled by urine or feces. This can cause a multitude of other diseases as well.


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