Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)

Remedy: Vitamin D

Vitamin D - details and symptoms of deficiency, how much you really need, the effects of the latitude where you live, what a great source sunlight is, and where else to get vitamin D.

Comment posted by Hoping for the best of Cincinnati, OH, USA on 16 April 2023 at 10:54       5442

Been struggling with sores, lesions, skin pain for four plus years and hope all of us find relief. After six dermatologists, one actually listens. Diagnosis was perforating dermatitis which is hard keratin build up under the skin that pushes through creating holes in the skin. I still think the underlying issue is demodex mites. SOMEWHAT HELPFUL SO FAR Spironolactone Rx (Rx means prescription), Liquid Bandaid, Prosacea brand topical sulfur, salt baths, fluocinonide liquid Rx, sit in portable sauna 10 to 15 mins daily, clean the sores with hydrogen peroxide, apply permethrin NIX lotion, eat beef more than I ever have, apply tea tree oil aloe vera mix. Other Rx products tried unsuccessfully include doxycycline, antivirals, mupirocin topical antibacterial, metronidazole, eucrisa and nystatin.

Additional note on 23 April 2023:
The prescriptions I mentioned in my previous comment ARE helpful, but it is sometimes unclear which are most helpful. I also use both 0.5 and 1.87 ivermectin cream, which can be purchased without a prescription, and elidel prescription cream. Sunlight also seems to help. Some days I feel like this will never get solved, but at least I’ve gotten some improvement over the past 2 years.

Comment posted by Cam1028 of Auburn Hills , Michigan , USA on 16 June 2019 at 4:51       5161

I have demodex mites. It took me over a year to find a doctor to diagnose me. I am overly infested and it is miserable, hurts and is disfiguring. I started going to a sun tanning salon because I read if you sit in the sun on the beach everyday you will get rid of them. I live in Michigan where there's not a lot of sun, so I go in to the tanning salon for 8 to 10 minutes a day or every other day. It helps a lot.

Comment posted by Candida Crawly of Princeton, WI, USA on 25 August 2017 at 12:58       4719

I have had crawling sensations in my hair, body, face, ears, nose and rest of my body for 6 months. I was suicidal. I had it 2 years ago and it was gone in 3 months. I have been to doctors, the ER, and dermatologists, and they all think I am delusional. From what I have read, I thought I had Morgellons, now I think I have overabundance of Demodex mites. It turns out that when the mites produce an antigen, our bodies fail to make the antibody to fight them off. This can result from a weakened immune system, namely hypothyroidism. I have spent thousands on cures, and now I have to focus on what helps, because I don't think I will ever get rid of it. I know being in the direct sunlight helps because the mites don't like the heat and light. They get bad around midnight to sun up. I have to sleep with ice packs on my head because they don't like the extreme cold either trying keeping that on your head, it's not easy under a cap. I cannot sleep with my husband anymore because I move around all night long. I cannot plan anything because if I cannot sleep, I become very depressed. My husband does not have the problem because he does not have hypothyroidism. One thing that works, I found out the hard way, is consuming alcohol, in my instance, micro brews because they are high in ethanol content. It will kill them off, but never the larva, so a week later you are back to square one. I have had a nervous breakdown, am on disability, have almost committed suicide, and am basically on my own, with answers only from other people who have the problem.