Sweet Itch: Causes, Symptoms & Solutions

Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis (also called “sweet itch” or “summer itch”) often causes a lot of distress for both horses and their people between April and November.  Sweet itch is an allergic reaction to the saliva from bug bites, mainly from midges, but also from sandflies or certain species of black flies. The reaction causes itchiness and swelling, which often lead to infected sores when horses scratch themselves raw.


Many Springtime customers take a multi-pronged approach to treating sweet itch. First, they give Bug Off Garlic to repel midges and other biting insects (garlic also supports the immune system). Secondly, they use Spirulina Wafers™ for its natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. These products can provide soothing comfort for agitated, suffering horses.


The earlier these products are introduced, the better, because it only takes one bite from a midge to inflame a horse’s system. Many customers choose to feed these products year-round to avoid this onset. However, even customers who start late in the season have reported good results from using the Bug Off Garlic and Spirulina Wafers together, even if it takes a few weeks to get into the system.


Spirulina Wafers™ for Horses

A powerful all natural blood builder, detoxifier,
and allergy-relief supplement for horses.


• Effective for seasonal allergies and breathing problems*

• Extremely effective as a blood builder & detoxifier*

• Can help solve ulcers caused by lack of grazing*

• Liver & kidney tonic with protective detoxicant and restorative properties*

• Powerful immune stimulant with anti-infective, antiviral, and antibiotic properties*

• Promotes tissue repair and reduces inflammation*


Bug Off Garlic Granules for Horses

Human-grade, air-dried garlic granules provide excellent horse-fly control, along with a
24-hour shield against flies, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, fleas, etc.


• Provides a 24-hour shield against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, etc.*

• Excellent for horse fly control

• None of the hassles of spray-on products

• Safe, effective alternative to chemical products

• Promotes friendly bacteria in the digestive tract*

• Stimulates immunity – antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, & anti-parasitic*

• Contains natural MSM

Springtime Bee Pollen™ for Horses

Our top grade bee pollen granules are loaded with nutritional benefits for horses.


• Can help solve ulcers caused by lack of grazing*

• Builds muscle and improves condition

• Helps keep blood count healthy*

• Natural food of stallions, mares and foals

• Totally safe & beneficial for performance, breeding, and high stress situations

• Contains powerful, whole food factors, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

• Massive amounts of live enzyme activity


What Our Customers Say About Springtime Products for Sweet Itch...

Don't just take our word for it! Read what our customers have to say about their own experiences with
Springtime Spirulina Wafers™ and Bug Off Garlic.



No More Welts, Sweet Itch


SFC Pride's Brio

Dear Springtime:

Our two-year-old colt, SFC Pride's Brio, had such potential, but every bug bite resulted in big welts, which did not go down. We wanted to show the colt in conformation classes but were concerned about the big welts over his body. Since the Spirulina Wafers™ and Bug Off Garlic worked so well for his mother, we started him on them going into his second year. What a difference! Not only does he not get new bumps but also the old, existing ones have all disappeared. In fact, our veterinarians are amazed at what these products have done. It's been a real success story for SFC Pride's Brio, who won 1st place in the 2-4 year old conformation at the Stones River championship this year.


Kathy Veatch, Tennessee