The brown ewe who had the puffy head is still having some problems. I think she feels OK now, she seems perkier and has regained all of her fire when I handle her- she is a vertical jumper! But she has lost a lot of hair around her eyes and mouth, and her skin is very irritated in those places, like a crispy sunburn. Her ears have developed deep, crusty fissures in the skin. So, this has me considering a different diagnosis now: facial eczema or FE. But this new set of symptoms sounds a lot more like FE, with the hair loss, sunburn, and fissured skin on the ears.
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FE is a serious, potentially deadly disease that affects sheep, cattle, alpaca and llamas, goats and deer. It is caused by the spores of a fungus, Pithomyces chartarum , which lives at the base of pasture plants. Once swallowed, the spores release a toxin which can cause severe injury to the liver and bile ducts. In some animals the bile ducts may become partly or completely blocked, causing bile and other waste products to build up in the bloodstream, making animals sensitive to light. Your losses will always be much greater than they appear.
Eczema can look different depending on the type of rash and where it appears on the body. Symptoms typically flare up for a period of time and then calm down before surfacing again. Because eczema is often used as an umbrella term for a group of chronic, itchy skin rashes, a simple definition of the skin condition is hard to come by. Many people with eczema develop dry, itchy, red patches of skin.
Back to Atopic eczema. There are usually periods where the symptoms improve, followed by periods where they get worse flare-ups. Flare-ups may occur as often as 2 or 3 times a month.