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Has anyone here had any experience with Pythium insidiosum?
We've lost one pony to it and another now has it. We're desperately trying to save him.
Can anyone offer any help?
Pythiosis is a relatively uncommon fungal-like infection causing cutaneous or subcutaneous, gastrointestinal, respiratory or multisystemic disease in many species of animals including humans.
Horses are most commonly infected, and the devastating tumor-like nodular skin masses seen in these cases are likely to be remembered long after the actual name of the organism—Pythium insidiosum—is forgotten. The extremely rapid rate of growth of these lesions and the generally fatal outcome in these cases makes remembering this disease crucial for equine practitioners since early recognition and appropriate treatment are the only hope for survival for infected horses.
Pythium insidiosum is referred to as an aquatic fungi or water mold, but, although it has some characteristics in common with typical molds, it is phylogenetically distinct. It was first identified in 1901 and has caused problems throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia. (It is interesting that tropical conditions support pythiosis, but to date no cases have been reported in Africa).
This Disease Is Spreading
Pythiosis has been called a number of names throughout the world, from swamp cancer, Florida horse leeches and summer sores to bursautee. This lack of scientific or descriptive terminology reflects the lack of knowledge about this disease.
Recently, however, new research and better diagnostic methodologies seem to indicate that pythiosis, and infection by another member of the same class of organisms—Lagenidium—might be responsible for an increasing number of infections in horses and other species. Bob Glass, an allergy specialist and owner of Pan American Veterinary Labs, has been investigating pythiosis for years.
Not A True Fungal Infection: Merck Manual
Treating Pythiosis As A Cancer with Chemotherapy
Dr Leo Mendoza
What homeopathic remedies did you try?
Have you tried Vitamin Therapy?
As with infections in people, finding the similimum is the answer. Since you live in Florida, I would contact Dr. Larry Bernstein (www.naturalholistic.com). He is an excellent homeopath and great at digging and delving for an answer. I will also post on our list serve. for chinese medicine approach, the Chi Institute is in florida. www.tcvm.com
one response: We have been developing with the cooperation of Dr. Leonel Mendoza (Michigan State University) and Robert Glass (Pan American Veterinary Laboratories) an improved immunotherapeutic for about 5 years against this disease in dogs (intestinal/systemic, cutaneous) and horses (cutaneous) and have had much success, although some failures as well depending on the duration of the disease. Early diagnosis is critical. Since the organism forms biofilms (“kunkers” in horses), immune killing becomes more difficult. The product is not USDA-licensed as yet, but can be made available at no cost to clinicians in return for data and clinical impression. Soluble proteins from multiple isolates are combined in a single 1 mL dose given IM to horses. Chemicals are not used, nor are their preservatives in the product. The concept is the down-regulating of Th2 (inflammatory, humoral) immune component and up-regulating Th1 (CMI) an immune recognition.
Richard D. Hansen, MA, DVM
Pythium Technologies, Inc.
Thank you -- I am in contact with both Richard Hansen and Robert Glass. They are receiving updates. Was wondering specifically about homeopathics. :)
Well, again, homeopathically I would be looking for the similimum, so would need all the details about history of horse, personality, modalities, etc. That is why I suggested Larry Bernstein - he is great at digging and delving for remedies. If you send me your email I will send you a copy rom the AVH conference of Tim Couzens talk on horse constitutions. (Don't feel comfortable sharing online without permission of AVH).