I have also have dealt with walking dandruff for years and am just now learning more effective ways to deal with (and hopefully cure) eradicating them.
Relax and Breathe. You can get rid of or at least minimize these mites.
For pet treatment, ask your vet if Revolution will work for your animal friend(s). if so try 1 dose every 2 weeks for 3 doses, then monthly maintenance.
If that isn't an option or doesn't work, lime sulfur dips every 1-2 weeks for 1 month to 3 months. Pay close attention to your animal friend(s) for adverse reactions, nontolerance or allergic reactions.
Be sure to clean their ears often with a good ear cleanser, wiping them out after flooding the ears with the liquid (mites tend to run there to hide).
Throw away/replace as much bedding as possible. Use Meyer's Spray cleaners, Kleen-Free cleaner, Baking Soda and BLUE Dawn Dishwashing liquid or Murphy's oil Soap (with cedar essential oil added) for cleaning house as often as possible during this phase.
Use Kleen-Free or Apple Cider Vinegar (or another anti parasitic) along with 1-2 cups Baking Soda in wash for linens and clothes often.
Change bedding anytime you see evidence of the mites. I used layers of thick white paper towels to cover their bedding so it could be thrown away easily.
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FOR YOURSELF :
For me, the key was to moisturize excessively after a thorough cleaning. Though initial instincts made me want to wash repeatedly with strong soaps, dry skin seemed to make thing worse.
My go-to cleanser was a combo of Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (has to be blue) and Baking Soda with a washcloth.
After shower or bath, BEFORE drying off (on wet skin), I coat my entire body with a homemade mixture ( mixed in a spray bottle or plastic bottle):
- Colloidal Silver Liquid 4oz
- Keri Bath Oil, Coconut oil or Olive Oil 4 oz
- 100% Vitamin E oil 2.5 - 5 oz
- (Sundown Naturals is gd)
- Clove essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Neem oil (optional, strong pungent odor)
You can use some or none of the essential oils, depending on preference and severity of the infestation.
Do not rinse oil mixture off. Air dry yourself or allow oils to remain on skin for as long as possible (when possible).
Try it when you have nowhere to be until you figure out how much of the strong smelling potion you can handle before going out side.
You can use half of it diluted with more Keri, Olive or Coconut oil to lessen the smell on work days as needed.
If hair infestation is a problem, add the oil mixture above to 'Licefree Spray'. Saturate hair with a processing/plastic cap for 24 hours. Re-wet hair every 3 hours until 24 hrs is up. Then comb with lice comb (wiping comb on paper towels) until no mite evidence is visible. Air dry and style as usual.
In 1 week or when/if itching starts, shampoo with a Benzoyl Peroxide Shampoo. Pet Shampoo is usually okay to use (animal product guidelines are often more strict than ours). Follow with oil mixture above. Repeat weekly until no evidence of mites present (at least 3 weeks usually, the average life span of the mites).
Try treating inside and out.
Consider taking supplements like Neem, Aloe Vera Gel and raw Garlic or in capsules to internally cleanse human bodies.
I also use the extra large lint rollers in between heavier cleaning. Does a great job of picking up cat hair and everything else.
If there is an extensive infestation, use hydrogen peroxide to cleanse your ears and nostrils daily as well.
Peace and Love to You and Your Animal Friends. Don't give up!