Winter and Spring is the time of year for mud fever. This is a skin infection caused by an organism called Dermatophilus congolensis which lives in the soil. In winter, the skin is softened by rain and mud. Continual wetting and drying causes the skin to chap and allows the bacteria to enter. Muddy conditions are not always necessary; wounds or grazes can also allow the bacteria to penetrate.
Mud fever is recognized by scabs,