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Snotty nose from garlic?

Hello! 100 lessons completed
My new mustang has some warts on his face, so to treat them, I’ve been putting garlic infused coconut oil on them a few times daily, since doing so, I’ve noticed that he has been having some snot, mostly in the nostril where I have to put the oil right near(almost in) it. Could this be from that? I know that garlic is good for clearing sinuses, and he is acting perfectly normal! Should I just keep an eye on it? 

Thank you!! 

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I would stop putting anything on them as there's not really a need to do it. Please read on...
Warts in horses are usually caused by a horse specific Papilloma virus. They can appear at any life stage of your horse life. They can appear anywhere on your horse’s body with the typical regions being their muzzle, lips, ears, and genital region. Their appearance is what you would expect it to look like, which are little growth like lesions attached to your horse on little stalks. In most situations, the warts are not a detriment to your horse’s health and the condition spontaneously resolves on its own. However, in some situations it can cause a health related concern so if the warts persist more than 6 months, get your  vet out as they may want to pursue immune deficiency related illnesses as the cause. 

There are some treatments out there you can choose to use on the lesions, but since they resolve on their own, the actual effect of trying to treat them yourself is not worth it and as your horse is getting a runny nose id defiantly stop!  Most horses do not seem to be bothered by the warts and function normally with or without them, is not a medical emergency. Although I do recommend booking routine blood work test just as a precaution as there could be other things going on with your horse’s system that just are not presenting themselves yet.

As a rule when you buy coconut oil make sure you buy ‘virgin’ – Most oils (whether olive or coconut) are available as regular (sometimes called pure, classic or refined), virgin, or extra virgin but when it comes to coconut oil for horses its important to make sure you buy virgin oil. The reason for this is because virgin coconut oil contains at least 45% lauric acid. This a fatty acid that gives the oil its plethora of health benefits.

Hope this has helped 🙂