Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
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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.
Question posted by Mama Bear of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA on 17 May 2020 at 0:30 5224
My question is to Linn Bee from Mesa, AZ. What is the ratio mix of your tea tree oil, borax, ACV mix in your spray bottles? Also how much dry mustard powder to how much water? I loved your explanation for why this works. I am trying to help my daughter who is suffering terribly from terrible rosacea on her face and nose along with acne fluid-filled cysts and is experiencing severe hair loss. I think it is all caused by mites. It is interesting that you mentioned avoiding cheese because mites love it because when she eats any cheese her face reacts terribly. She is fairly sure she is allergic to tea tree oil, so what are your thoughts?
Comment posted by Deborah Kennedy of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, USA on 2 May 2020 at 11:50 5220
To Kwnyc of Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 28 October 2018,
How is your mite situation? From your question it sounds like Demodex mites. I've been fighting, dealing with as well as being tortured since Oct 2019. It has been the absolute worst 6 months of my life. Mine started as yours did. Now they are everywhere and getting worse every 2 weeks. I'm sitting here tonight feeling helpless hopeless. I have not been to a derm, generally I never go to doctors, I self treat. After reading many medical articles, the money spent, the use of insecticides only about a 52% cure rate I'm hoping one day to least keep these horrid creatures bay. Let me any know of any success, I'm so distraught, somewhat just mentally incapable to deal with it anymore. A fresh idea would be welcome.
Comment posted by Jimbo of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on 28 August 2019 at 11:12 5175
I had mites all over and tried many remedies. I now alternate borax baths and sulfer soap. I take a hot shower and lather the sulfer soap all over and sit 30 minutes to let it dry. After I found many black specks on me. After three applications no more specks. I still borax bath twice a month and do bleach baths twice a week. I use one cup of no-fragrance bleach in two inches water in the tub. I don't ever want to go through this horrible experience again.
Comment posted by MagicMite of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 23 April 2019 at 20:1 5143
I went through a nightmarish hell with some mystery mite all over my body, was suicidal at times. Tried literally everything from horsepaste, Ivermectin to strong antibiotics for a month and nothing worked. Peroxide and borax is the only thing that worked and fast! My regime was a whole bottle of peroxide with 2 cups of borax in a bath with warm water x 2 day for 15 min each time. For problem spots on my body I mixed peroxide and borax into a saturated paste, liberally applied to affected area for 20 min, rinse afterwards, do this 2 or 3 x daily. I laid low on sugar, starch, alcohol, stress, smoking while recovering. Eat immune and skin supportive diet. Clean environment, wear gloves, don't spread the weeping, it contains larva eggs.
Comment posted by Arleen of Upland, CA, USA on 19 March 2019 at 22:26 5134
Good Morning, I want to share my story with demodex mites. October of 2018 I noticed lesions on my right arm and forehead, like little sores. I didn't know what I had, but I did notice my scalp was itching more than usual. I worked for a medical clinic in the mental health department as an addiction substance abuse counsellor, and work with the homeless population. I made an appointment with my primary doctor, he stated I might have caught scabies, but I said these don't look like scabies lesions. Well my primary gave me a small tube of permethrin 5%, which did nothing. I went to a dermatologist, who said it was in my head! A co-worker then reminded me about workman's comp. Wow I didn't think about that. Long story short, by the time I got to my 5th doctor, my body was covered head to toe. Agony for almost 5 months. I've been very vigilant about my treatment, using tea tree oil, borax, hydrogen peroxide, lemongrass oil, eucalyptus oil, and apple cider vinegar. I add the vinegar for a long soak in the bath. I'm at the end of my healing and now stocked up on TTO, ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide for ever! I have gotten better, and I'm covered in scars. These mites are vicious! I had never heard of a demodex mite in my life, so all these stories I'm reading about, my heart goes out to you. I've been on WC out of work now for 7 months. I want my life back! I pray to God each day for the strength to fight these mites and for all who have this.
Comment posted by Sam of Mesa, AZ, USA on 17 March 2019 at 10:14 5132
Reply to CC of Albuquerque:
There is no need ever to heat borax. If you want to mix the two, just keep adding borax till it stops dissolving.
Question posted by CC of Albuquerque, NM, USA on 17 March 2019 at 9:56 5131
Lin Bee, please tell me how you make your ACV borax mixture. Do you heat the ACV to melt the Borax? How much ACV to how much Borax? Thank you for your help.
Comment posted by Beverly of Orlando, FL, USA on 12 March 2019 at 7:25 5125
After reading the comments on page 1 I have to tell all of you that you CAN'T see demodex mites with the naked eye! The only way to see them is under a microscope. Also the mites are white or clear not black .
Comment posted by Lin Bee of Mesa, AZ, USA on 10 January 2019 at 3:48 5113
After reading a February 2016 post by Eve from NV on using Mustard, we put together our own treatment. We put some TTO (tea tree oil), borax and ACV (apple cider vinegar) in spray bottles and began to spray ourselves all over two times a day especially after our showers. In just two or three days we began to see an marked change in our skin and the itching began to diminish. We began to feel like we were at an end of a two year ordeal that left us thinking we would never be the same again. I cannot thank Eve enough for her post and if I could I would send her a bouquet of flowers and much more.
We continue to spray ourselves and add dry mustard from time to time when we think it is necessary. We cut out all sugars, beef and all dairy for two years to the point that we lost 10 pounds each. Now we are adding small amounts of low fat organic beef and some coconut sugar but very little of that. I do not eat cheeses as the mites love that stuff. I have yet to read about anyone deleting foods from their diet but we found that it is imperative to do so as the mites would not stop causing acne all over us. As I sit here writing this, I feel such relief and thanking my God for this blog posting site where others who suffer can tell their sad stories and post what they feel has helped or not helped.
I also want to add that essential oils such as TTO and Eucalyptus oil have been very useful. I am thankful to have my skin back and in reality my life back. We have not gone anywhere for two years because of this horrid condition. I will continue to spray my skin daily with the spray and use mustard to work with or as a deterrent to these most awful parasites. One must try to keep their immune systems up and take supplements and get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. We try to get in about 10-14 glasses a day but we live in AZ so that’s why. Most people can get by with at least 8 glasses but 10-12 is better especially in the summer months. We found a great soap on eBay called Defense that is made of TTO and Eucalyptus that really gives us a good cleansing washing off any mite faeces and dead skin that accumulates during the night and day. I don’t shower twice a day any more as my skin can’t take a lot of washing. So, one shower with daily spraying is what we do. I hope this helps someone suffering with Demodex mites infestation. There is a cure and I have just outlined it. It worked for us and it will work for you but you must do it and be faithful about it.
PS. I wanted to add why the ACV borax TTO spray works. The ACV takes the hard shell off the eggs and the borax kills the larvae. That is the magic bullet. The mustard kills the mites in 50 seconds when they come in contact with it - even mustard water. Use only powdered dry mustard not the bottled, ready-made kind. That is filled with fillers and spices that the mites may like. Buy powdered mustard and dilute it with water. Use a q tip in your ears and nose. Put the mustard water on a sponge or wash cloth to wipe down your skin in the shower and finish your shower with the ACV spray. Use Neem soap or TTO soap to wash with. You have to do this for the rest of your life to keep them away because once you have had a mite infestation, you are susceptible to them again. God bless and good luck!
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