Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Use an ordinary domestic hairdryer, blowing on the hottest setting.
Comment posted by Wendy a close eskew of Kodiak, Alaska, USA on 30 June 2020 at 2:16 5241
I am 56 years old female. I had severe muscle aches and my eyesight went from 20-20 long distance to considerably worse in the matter of a year. My problems started about 6 months after having knee surgery from a ski accident 2 years ago, but whether it was the cause or not, I do not know. I had a roaming rash and red bumps that started in the location of where my knee surgery scar was and slowly increased in size moving up my thigh then down the other and eventually to each upper arm. I also became extremely allergic to spider mites, cottonwood pollen and cats. Before my symptoms started I had no allergic reactions whatsoever to these things.
I also traveled to Africa a couple years earlier and I have read that some worms can live inside a human body for many years and only start causing problems after your immune system is down like trying to heal after surgery. So initially I was pretty confident I had worms... in particular hook worms... because the one symptom I had that only pertains to hook worms is that all allergies mysteriously go away.
I had gone to an eye doctor 3 times. I took ivermectin horse paste (proper dosage checked with my pharmacies friend first to see if it was the same as the human version). My eyes went back to 20-20 after taking it 4 days in a row. Which was the amount taken for extreme nematode infection. So with my eyes now back to normal I still had this mysterious roaming rash. The dermatologists thought I was crazy to think I had worms living in Alaska. But I am also a bear guide, skin out bears, and eat lunch afterwards without even washing properly in between. Not to mention snorkeling with manatees in Florida, and walking barefoot in Florida in muddy swamp alligator infested waters and gardening extensively - all things that expose you to worm infestation! I even flew to johns Hopkins dermatology department who gave me permethrin cream which did not work.
I started taking garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and turmeric supplements which are all anti-parasitic and tried coating the rash with iodine and peroxide every morning and evening after first scrubbing the rash to remove all flecks of skin and shaving the area. Then I bought a microscope 1500 power and a microscope camera. So now I could look at my blood. The spots felt like there was always something just under the skin. If I picked at it I always found a small white object that looked like a super small little grain of rice. The dermatologist said stop picking! But if I did not remove them the rash always increased in size. When I picked yes the spots looked worse, but there were way less of them. So I assumed these objects must be eggs because under the microscope they did not appear to have legs. But in my blood I definitely had worms and photographed them. I eventually took albendazole which kinda worked, but it was not until I took both albendazole and ivermectin at the same time and also a bath with one cup of bleach in the bath water and scrubbing , and then an hour later after air drying and refilling with clean water and then bathing again with borax about 3 cups in a full bath, that I noticed a real improvement. Now, after having done that routine for 3 days I would say my spots are very small and healing. In another week they might even be gone completely. So in the end I believe I had two separate parasitic infestations! One being hook worm and the other demodex mites. Had I not read info on this site I would probably be struggling with those spots for years and years to come. It took me 2 full years of serious experimentation, looking at blood slides and researching parasitic infections to finally figure it out! I had all but resorted to always wearing long sleeves and long pants to cover up the spots or others would think I had leprosy or at the very least chicken pox. Luckily my spots were always on arms or legs, easy to cover up... not a big deal... but I definitely noticed that wherever the spots moved to, that area would become very weak and it almost felt like I had arthritis. The parasites also alter your behavior and I can attest to the fact that mine made me remove the pods from just underneath my skin. I can only assume that it was what they needed me to do in order for the eggs to hatch and complete their life cycle. Also wherever the infection was would be sensitive to hot water and in areas where the mites were would always go back to not being sensitive to hot water. Had I purchased a microscope like the one I have now when I was a little kid I would have become a parasitologist instead of being a big game hunting guide in Alaska and running a wildlife photography kayaking business.
Comment posted by Babbs of West Linn, Oregon, USA on 20 May 2020 at 8:13 5225
I've started using the hair dryer for Demodex mites. I use the hot setting, high air. I believe that when I'm over an area that has the mites, it feels like I'm scratching an itch, and red dots emerge. When I am over unaffected skin, it doesn't feel like much going on. I keep the hair dryer moving rapidly over a small area and stay there until I feel like it hurts and then move on. I might go back and forth over an area, then give it a break and come back to it. I've only been doing it for 2 days. After I use the hair dryer, I spray hypochlorous acid HOCL which is a non-irritating clear liquid, over the treated areas, rub it in, let air dry, and then finish off with clove essential oil. The trick is exposing them to it, with their heads buried in our hair follicles. I have experimented with tea tree, clove and peppermint essential oils and I have found that clove oil worked best for me. I use full strength over affected areas, keeping away from eyes and mucous membranes. So far, this has proven very effective and I find at least a 50% improvement in the first 2 days.
Comment posted by David of Perth, WA, Australia on 25 February 2020 at 12:40 5206
Replying to Mucky of Red Bay, AL, USA:
Use the hairdryer for as long as you can without hurting or harming your skin. The same goes with the heat setting - as hot as possible without causing any burns or harm. Not sure about how often - probably twice a day - perhaps other readers can comment?
Question posted by Mucky of Red Bay, AL, USA on 25 February 2020 at 8:16 5205
How often did you use a hairdryer in a day? And long did you hold to each spot?
Comment posted by Diogenes of Seattle, WA, USA on 9 October 2019 at 22:18 5184
Good info here. I've been dealing with some form of mites, probably scabies, for a few months. As I've been cleaning and spraying, I've reduced the potential infection sources. Recently I've begun showering with scalding water which relieves the itching for hours and is gradually reducing the outbreaks, mostly on the upper chest, neck, and waist. The heat is probably killing the eggs under the skin. I apply some healing skin cream to the scalded areas afterwards, and I do OK with this procedure.
Comment posted by David of Perth, WA, Australia on 13 March 2019 at 8:47 5128
In reply to Bethany of Macon, GA, USA:
The people commenting on using a hairdryer to treat both scabies and demodex mites don't seem to have a formula. They just use the hairdryer while it feels good and does not burn their skin.
Question posted by Bethany of Macon, GA, USA on 13 March 2019 at 3:2 5127
So, with using the hairdryer, do you just run it over your whole entire body, but for how long? I have been battling scabies for a year, trying to get rid of them because my skin itches constantly! I cannot get rid of them and have no idea how I'm getting them. The treatment cream the doctors prescribe burns my skin.
Comment posted by ItchFree of California, LA, USA on 12 November 2018 at 19:22 5099
It works. Tried everything but this works.
Comment posted by Mac of Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines on 18 August 2018 at 3:23 5061
Once I had an itch in my entire body, I had no towel that time so I decided to use the hair drier all over my body, the following day the itch is gone. After a year I have itch again and it won't go away for 3 months, and it is scabies. I remember to use the hair drier again and it works!
Comment posted by Hope99 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA on 15 March 2018 at 5:28 4959
I remove head lice for a living, and I know that high heat, dry air, alcohol (I use ethanol not isopropyl alcohol which is poisonous) and Listerine kill lice, so I figured I'd give them a try when I had scabies. The itching was relentless, so as soon as I was diagnosed, I went home and poured two big containers of amber Listerine in the bath tub. Listerine has a high alcohol content and contains essential oils that numb the itching, it's basically an antiseptic. I climbed in and used a cup and washcloth to pour it over the itchy areas and really rub it in. After that, I filled the tub up with more water and just soaked in it for as long as possible. After I used the blow dryer on highest setting to dry off. The previous commenters aren't kidding when they say it feels orgasmic. I can't even explain it. It feels like you are itching the rash deep into your skin without even touching your skin. It feels soooo good. Then I'd blow dry my skin again before bed. I also would pour pure ethanol alcohol 158 proof on a washcloth and rub the itchy parts and let air dry. I did the baths every other day for a week. I really believe that's what killed the mites so quickly. During one bath I also used table salt with the ethanol alcohol to make a slurry to really rub into the itchy rashes where the mites were. It exfoliates the skin layers so the alcohol can get deep into your skin to kill the burrowed females. Bottom line, blow dryer and Listerine and generic pure grain alcohol will kill these little suckers and give instant itch relief.
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