|Barked: Thu Jan 18, '07 11:54am PST |
|Like Beau said, there are two different kinds of mange that have different effects and require different treatments.
Sounds like you didn't have the easiest puppyhood, and being given "every antibiotic on the market" since isn't doing your immune system any favors. A lot of puppies that have problems with demodectic mange mites tend to sort of "grow out it"of by the time they're about 8 months old and their immune systems have matured. Having been given so many immune system depressants you are probably at a disadvantage against the little bugs that are making you itch so much. Hopefully now that you are finished with the courses of antibiotics you will have the chance to get stronger and your body can be allowed to help keep these buggers in check on its own.
Given that you've been on so many antibiotics you should make sure you are doing something to replace all of the friendly flora that you need in your gut to keep bad bacteria in check, convert pro-vitamins into vitamins, and help you digest your food. Antibiotics generally don't discriminate and kill off the "good guys" as well as the "bad guys". A good strong probiotic supplement should do the job. Yogurt has the good organisms in it, but it's not really concentrated enough to help adequately recolonize your digestive tract. Probiotics will help your general health out, and good health and a strong immune system is the #1 thing you need to help you fight off the demodex mange.
Hope you feel better soon!
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