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I have a white male pitbull mix with lota of allergies nd sensitve skin. he rece...

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Question: 
I have a white male pitbull mix with lota of allergies nd sensitve skin. he recently was in a not so clen environment for a few months but the carpets have been cleaned and hes been washed. he was hsving skin irritations so bad on his back, sides and legs he lost alot of fur and there are red inflamed bumps worst on his legs but also on his back prednisozne cleared it up temporarily and ive been using aloe and childrens instant relief benodryl which seems to be helping, hes getting his fur back alot but i can still see the bumbs on his back. they dont look too red. and he definitly doesnt have flees. we have spryed for bugs several times. i cant afford a vet til after christmas but i cant stand to see him so miserable. also have a female cattle dog with similar symptoms though less severe. please help! thanks
Answer: 

Without seeing your dog, it is hard to say but it sounds like sarcoptic mange. Here is some information on the subject from petsmd however;you should consult with your veterinarian as soon as you are able.

Source & cause(s)

Sarcoptic mange is caused by a tiny microscopic mite that feeds on material in and on the skin surface. this mite burrows into the skin where it lays its and when they hatch, your pet will have an outbreak of mange. sarcoptic mange is highly contagious, and can be transmitted from one infected dog to another, and is seen mostly in shelters or puppy mills where there are large numbers of dogs living together. the mite that infects dogs, sarcoptes scabiei is structurally the same as the mite that infects humans.

Signs & symptoms
intense itching
redness of skin
hair loss most commonly on legs, belly and ears.
areas of thickened, flaky skin
the presence of the sarcoptic mite causes extreme itching; your dog will chew and scratch its skin constantly. eventually, the skin will become thickened and can cause a secondary bacterial skin infection.