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My dogs have Demodectic Mange and sleep in bed with me. Can they be transferred to my hair, and if so how do I treat myself? -Deborah-

Smartliving Guest asked this
November 6, 2012 at 7:42 AM



Dear Deborah,

Demodectic mange is not supposed to infect people. It tends to multiply in numbers causing problems for the pet that has a low immune system. The best treatment involves a combined approach of rebuilding the immune system and killing the mites. Demodectic mange is an opportunistic infection because the immune system is weak.

For the pet, I would bathe it with Defendex shampoo once or twice weekly for 4-6 weeks or a couple of weeks past having a negative skin scraping. I would also use Derma-IonX orally to help heal and soothe the skin as well as rebuilding the immune system. Giving digestive enzymes, probiotics, MSM, vitamin C, and fish oil will all help in that goal. Derma-IonX also helps the body to better utilize the supplements for faster results. It can also be sprayed onto the skin to give relief in between baths. I would also suggest that you give water that is free of chlorine or fluoride for drinking or bathing. Feeding a grain-free diet for a while could be beneficial as well.

Please let us know how your dog progresses or if you have any other questions. If you are itchy you should consult with your doctor.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
November 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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