Stalosan Hoof Digital dermatitis (Mortellaro’s disease) Healthy and intact skin in the hoof region can be damaged by environmental factors like moisture, manure and ammonia. Here the weakened skin areas are more susceptible to pathogenic microorganisms like Treponema that normally would not be able to cause infection in intact skin. Treponema plays an important role in digital dermatitis/ Mortellaro’s disease. Once digital dermatitis has been established, there is a risk of chronic conditions where bacteria thrive in resistant biofilm, necrotic tissue and scales. Here many treatments are inefficient, because of the strong and protective bacterial biofilm that prevents conventional antimicrobials from getting in contact with the bacteria. At the same time, the biofilm creates a hypoxic environment that inhibits wound healing and increases bacterial survival. In here bacteria excrete damaging chemicals like ammonia and hydrogen sulphide that breaks down tissue and oxygen, respectively. The immune respond is also partly inhibited by biofilm. Mechanisms of action for Stalosan Hoof • Powerful removal of biofilm without damaging the skin • Neutralises ammonia and sulphides on the skin • Increases the concentration of oxygen in the wound • Supports sebum • Closes the DD wound with a scab • Forms a protective and resistant layer on the skin that protects from future DD infections.
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