How does one get rid of a body parasite obtained from a pet?

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How does one get rid of a body parasite obtained from a pet?
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May I ask what is the parasite? Is it scabies? If so, you can apply permethrin, which is a strong drug for getting rid of scabies.

I was diagnosed with scabies and treated multiple times. The treatment helped for maybe 2 weeks and the symptoms came right back, so I'm not sure exactly what is I'm dealing with. Not bed bugs either. Had several  exterminators check as well as I do checks every day. I've been suffering for 4 years. If u can help, or think u may can help me, I will share pics upon request. My email is
Thank you so much in advance
Hi, have you cleanse your underwear, clothes and bedcovers when treated for scabies? If you have responded to the treatment, then it suggests the diagnosis of scabies is right. During treatment, it is very important to throw away or at least boil your underwear, clothes and bedcovers with hot water to eradicate the scabies. If you have not done so, the scabies attached to your underwear, clothes and bedcovers will cause re-infections
It is important to remember that recurrence of symptoms after attempted treatment does not exclude the diagnosis of scabies because patients may not have treated themselves correctly or may have been reinfested by an untreated contact.  
Scabies is prevented by avoiding direct skin-to-skin contact with an infested person or with items such as clothing or bedding used by an infested person. Scabies treatment usually is recommended for members of the same household, particularly for those who have had prolonged skin-to-skin contact. All household members and other potentially exposed persons should be treated at the same time as the infested person to prevent possible reexposure and reinfestation. Bedding and clothing worn or used next to the skin anytime during the 3 days before treatment should be machine washed and dried using the hot water and hot dryer cycles or be dry-cleaned. Items that cannot be dry-cleaned or laundered can be disinfested by storing in a closed plastic bag for several days to a week. Scabies mites generally do not survive more than 2 to 3 days away from human skin. Children and adults usually can return to child care, school, or work the day after treatment.
Persons with crusted scabies and their close contacts, including household members, should be treated rapidly and aggressively to avoid outbreaks. Institutional outbreaks can be difficult to control and require a rapid, aggressive, and sustained response.
Rooms used by a patient with crusted scabies should be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed after use. Environmental disinfestation using pesticide sprays or fogs generally is unnecessary and is discouraged.
I fought Norwegian scabies for 3 months!I had to wash all the clothes I had come in contact with and dry them in the hottest temperature tolerated. Things already cleaned can be tied up in black trash bags and placed in the sun for 3-4 days. See an infection specialist or even a rapid care clinic or STD clinic & tell the doctor it's resistant to regular medication. Buy blue coconut hair grease and really coat your hair, scalp, ears-inside and out,eye lids & lashes. Strip your bed and any furniture and spray with Bengal flea and tick spray. Let dry completely and make it up with fresh linen. Use a different wash cloth and towel every day. Wash your shower curtains and carpets. Treat all animals for mange. going thru this alone. Because my family thinks im crazy...i just found out i have tapeworm..but 2yrs.ago i keot finding these little yellowish maybe off white, yellow all over my sheets oval and when they dried out they looked like chedder cheese shreds like at taco bell....its.E-Coli i cant believe they have been invaded my body for maybe you should send a picture as i have been investigating..
I would see a Specialist in Spider bites are any kind of bites.You might need to be put on something different for your Health Issue
Go back to the physician tell him that it is still on your body. Then follow his instructions to the T ! And I would get checked for other skin problems, poison oak etc.ivy,poison
I feel all your pain!  I had demodex brevis  (mange!) that lives in sebacious (oil) glands for years! I researched like a mad scientist...Diatomaceous Earth over body morn & night & after showering.(Buy at any hardware/ pesticide section.) It literally cuts them open like shards of glass & die instantly on contact. I also use borax, and consume 1 tsp a day (to a gallon water..whatever you can handle) & it sterilizes the males that come out on your face at night to feed & mate (because of borax in your system) & has many other nutritional benefits, alkalizes water & system, aids digestion/elimination/ vitamin & mineral absorption, etc.

I also had bedbugs..when I thought I rid them from my body, (many hours of self care!) I found them nesting, living on & under my scalp! I made a paste of 1/5 borax- to 4/5 diatomaceous earth & water...put on scalp & sleep overnite w/shower cap & wash & rinse in am. The "clay" literally pulls them out of your skin (its a dessicant) I use a more watery solution of it all over my body, too. Heat from clothes dryer will kill bedbugs. Oh, I also take a tsp of food-grade diatomaceous earth every day to slough off crap from intestines, and it kills any living parasite in digestive tract. These infestations are REAL!  Though I dont complain to family or anyone that matters, for the same reason of being labelled as crazy!!  I hope this helps some people, it causes such pain, shame, isolation, I know.  But dont tell the pharmaceutical companies that this can be solved w/a $5 bag of diatomaceous earth and a $6 box of borax!....ALSO... Any dish soap, shampoo, etc, put in spray bottle w/water, willkill instantly ANY insect on contact. No need for poisenous insecticide!!  (Sorry Dupont & Monsanto!)  Good luck & hang in there!
Oh thank goodness. I have had the.exact problem.for a year. I researched and came up with same results.i am not crazy. I see little black spots all.over
   Thank you for sharing.
Will they ever go away,