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Comprehensive Information on Diagnosis and Treatment of Mange in Dogs, Cats and Even Mange in Humans

Mange can be an awful skin condition that causes a great deal of misery to cats and dogs and even mange in humans can be horrifying if left untreated. If you suspect your pet has one or another type of mange, please take action to provide some relief, this is not an expensive condition to treat if caught reasonably early. Don't wait until your pet loses large clumps of hair and chews raw sores in his or her skin. Itching to the degree these mange mites can cause borders on the verge of torture.

What is Mange?

The word Mange refers to a collection of skin conditions in dogs and cats caused by tiny organisms called mites which dig into and under the skin, feed and lay eggs. The eggs hatch in about ten days, feed on skin cells and blood and grow to maturity at which time the whole cycle repeats itself. These mites can live on dogs and cats and can cause intense itching, hair loss and rashes as well as a whole host of secondary infections caused by the digging, scratching and biting the animal does to relieve the itching and burning. In many cases these mites can be transferred to human beings too.

The Different Types of Mange

There are several different types of mange, the most common of which, and the ones we will deal with, are Demodectic Mange, Notoedric Mange, Sarcoptic Mange, Ear Mites, and Cheyletiella Mange.

Demodectic Mange
Demodectic mange is also known as "demodicosis." The culprit is a microscopic mite of the Demodex genus known as Demodex canis that lives inside the hair follicles, and which makes them difficult to target with topical preparations.
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Notoedric Mange
This condition causes a scabby skin disease in cats resulting from infection by the feline mite Notoedres cati. These mites appear to be closely related to the Sarcoptic mange mites that infect dogs. The ears of the cat first get itchy crusts along the edges of the ears and then progresses to the face and the rest of the body if the cat is left untreated. When the skin is scraped, the resulting scrapings are examined under a microscope. Notoedric mange can be transmitted to other pets or to humans, the mites are spread by touch and they can passed on to humans and other animals. The mites do not live more than a few days off the host animal, so you almost always have to touch an infected animal to contract it.
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Sarcoptic Mange
Sarcoptic mange is very contagious and can be spread easily through contact with another dog or the environment where an infected dog has been. This type of mange thrives in filthy conditions. Sarcoptic mites can be transferred to any animal, including human beings, and people do pick up this condition by handling infected animals. Their bite can cause intense itching and burning in both dogs and humans. Although sarcoptic mange mites do not complete their life cycle on human beings, unfortunately the infection is passed back and forth between human and animal and will continue to itch and rash unless both pet and person are treated along with their environment.
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Ear Mites
Ear mites are a relatively common parasite of both dogs and cats, sometimes visible to the naked eye as a tiny white speck in the ear canal of the animal. They are far more common in cats than in dogs. Their presence causes a dark, dryish discharge made up of dried blood, skin oil and ear wax that looks like used coffee grounds, along with itchy ears and a lot of head shaking. Ear mites are easily spread from animal to animal, but don't easily infect humans. Prolonged infestation by ear mites can cause secondary infections of the ear and skin.
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Cheyletiella Mange
This type of mange is also known as Cheyletiellosis or Walking Dandruff because when you look closely at the dog, you'll see white flakes of what looks like dandruff, except they move. This movement is caused by the mites moving around under the skin flakes.These Cheyletiella Mange mites live on the skin surface and are the only mange mites that are actually visible to the naked eye. The good news is that makes this particular skin problem easy to diagnose.

Cheyletiella Mange occurs all over the body of the animal and is extremely contagious, with a high level of itch. People can be infected by handling dogs with Cheyletiellosis, and just like with Sarcoptic mange, this can set up a cycle where the mites are transferred back and forth, so it's very important to treat the environment and all infected animals at the same. Mite eggs also fall off the dog wherever he scratches, which means a large part of your surroundings can be contaminated. Symptoms include intense itching, hair loss and loose scaliness and lesions on the skin, most often along the backbone. Infected people get many red, itchy bumps on the arms, body and buttocks, although if you don't have any further contact with an infected animal or environment, the mites will not usually live more than 3 weeks after which the symptoms go away.
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Bibliography:

Wikipedia
Casey Fisher - Everyday Solutions Rx

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