Dandruff is one of the most common skin problems, which affects your scalp. It is characterized by the presence of white flakes dotting the hair. However, if the whitish flakes on your hair appear to move, you may be suffering from walking dandruff instead.
Walking dandruff can be described as a form of mild dermatitis that occurs due to the presence of a mite called Cheyletiellosis on your scalp. These mites, are more commonly found in animals like cats, dogs, rabbits and horses, but can also spread to humans. They look a lot like dandruff flakes on the hair.
Walking dandruff is highly contagious, as Cheyletiellosis mites easy spread from one host to the other. You can contract walking dandruff through extended personal contact with an infected animal. The entire life cycle of the mite on one host is around 21 days. Once the infected animal is treated, the possibility of transference to humans is eliminated.
Symptoms Of Walking Dandruff In Humans
Many owners do not even realize that their pets are infected, because animals do not necessarily show symptoms of the mites. You will know that you are suffering from walking dandruff in case you notice whitish, dandruff-like flakes on your hair, which seems to be moving around. Some of the other signs and symptoms of walking dandruff include:
- Severe itching and blisters on the scalp.
- Red bumps on the arms, trunk and buttocks.
These symptoms usually disappear within a time span of 3 weeks, as people are not the preferred hosts for these mites. However, humans can experience a lot of pain and discomfort because of the mites. Therefore, walking dandruff should be treated as soon as possible.
How To Get Rid Of Walking Dandruff In Humans?
Getting rid of Cheyletiellosis in animals in comparatively easy; walking dandruff in animals can be treated by applying some form of topical pesticide or anti-flea product on the skin. However the treatment of walking dandruff in humans is different. There are several home remedies that you can use to get rid of Cheyletiellosis and these include –
- Fresh Aloe Vera gel or extract mixed with regular shampoo.
- Coconut oil mixed with colloidal silver.
- Oatmeal paste (to relieve the symptoms).
The treatment for walking dandruff is only effective if all the members of your household, including all your pets get treated at the same time. To ensure that the mites do not come back, wash all your carpets, towels and bedding at the same time.
In case the remedies mentioned above do not work, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist for medication to get rid of walking dandruff.