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I live in a wooded area with wildlife of deer and turkey.

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I live in a wooded area with wildlife of deer and turkey. I have a cat who goes out at night. Every August and September I seem to get a mite of sorts and we have treated this as a scabies. There seems to be a minut white egg? That gets in and around my nose and eyes and I can feel a bite or sting at times. There is an itch but it is more of a skin crawling itch than an intense itch . I am off to try the permethrin lotion. My husband never has these symptoms and he does not have cat contact? Any thoughts?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

I too live in an area like yours although we have bears too :)

I do not believe that your problem is with mites although it does sound like you are allergic to some sort of seasonal bug that your cat may be bringing in.

The best way to figure this out would be to go to a dermatologist for skin scrapings and testing of the affected areas.

But, if I were in your shoes, and the measures you have used, and are using, take care of this infrequent and time-limited seasonal issue, I would not spend the time, money and effort doing an extensive workup.

Does this make sense to you?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I agree that is seasonal and guess the cat must go
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Tess,

Since I have 4 cats and 5 dogs I would have to ask if your husband has a backup wife in training at this time lol!

Just Kidding!

I just think that even with the best, and most extensive, workup your chances of identifying the source of this seasonal issue is not very good.....

I'd just do whatever makes you symptoms better....or, perhaps, a annual 8 week trip to the French Rivera is in order?

Thanks for the positive feedback. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you in the future.

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