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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-02-2007, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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i was just wondered if mites etc that degus get could be transferable to humans?? if so, would they be visible?

i dont want to sound grubby, but i've been itching on my head a lot recently, and i'm running out of ideas!! doc has ruled out fleas/headlice. ive tried special shampoos and i'm quite honestly running out of ideas! i'm living off antihistamines at the mo. i'm also considering stress/allergies (just started a new job).

i've treated the degus with the "spot on" treatment, but theyre still itching a bit, so i'm starting to wonder?

i do shower!!!! honestly!!!

any thoughts??
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i dont think mites are normally transferable. but if you tell your doc your degus have mites they could test you. or you call your vet and ask if they are transferable and ask what to do

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i have eczema of the scalp, it never leaves my head. i've had it since i was at least 15, i have a cotrisone cream i put on at bed if it gets unbearable. stress sets it off, so does wet hair after a shower. i so have to blowdry, and use moisturizing conditioners and such. i manage, i have a spot itching right now. you learn to tough through it lol

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have you tried a dandruff shampoo like selson blue? i get a bit of eczema from time to time and my aunt told me to use selson blue instead of body wash when its bothering me (has to be selson blue btw)



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i used to use nizoral, man it works good, but its a little expensive
also head and shoulders is nice when you let it sit on your head a hit

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I know this may sound silly but do you get itchy mainly after handling them? Or is it something that is happening all the time?

If you suspect your degus have mites then i would take them to your vets and let him take a proper look as some mites won't respond to spot on and need stronger drugs to kill them. I've personally never had a problem with mites with degus but if you suspect mites you might want to also consider where they are coming from, usual suspect is the hay in 9 out of 10 cases

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You probraly have exma (don't know how to spell!) on the head. Does it flake alot? You should probraly try this oilitum stuff which you can get from any chemist, it's really good and soothing.


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Thats the problem... its not eczema... and i've tried shampoos/head and shoulders already. the doc has discounted that, and there is not flaking scalp!
There is no visible rash/flaking at all!

not, i'm itchy pretty much 24/7! for the last 6 weeks or so!

they girls seemed to respond well to the spot on, but i'll check the hay idea! theyre itching a little, but not badly!

i didnt honestly think it was them but i'm getting desperate for a solution!

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not to sound like a broken record, but try calming down, have a hot soak in the tub or something. my eczema aside, anywhere on my body will spontaneously itch due to anxiety

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I don't think its the degus as you've been keeping them for so long, is, have you tried keeping away for them for a day or two to see if your condition improves? Let the other half care for them Have any of the degus got bare patches? Usually with mites you will notice a bare patch from continual scratching. I think it wouldn't hurt to get at least one of them checked out at your vets just to make sure its not something they could be passing onto you if the problem persists. I really hope you get to the bottom of it

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thats why i think it comes back to allergy or something.... no bald patches on the degus!

plus... changing jobs is stressful... problem is i thought it would calm down after starting if that were the problem....

THANKS AGAIN GUYS!
Glad to know my little lovelies aren't likely the problem!
NO CHANCE would my other half do a suitable job looking after them! he just doesn't love them enough!
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you have dermstascalpits go to the doctor asap
NOT
thats not a real disease but it was funny
I have the same think itching on my head all the time
and I've lost like 50% of my hair allover....
used to be so thick
oh well
You probably just have stress cause if it was something serious there would be hair loss or flakes.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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dermstascalpits? sounds really serious!! my head won't fall off will it?????
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