Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar
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Comment posted by ma2glenn of Ottawa, ON, Canada on 14 March 2022 at 15:55 5344
Some comments: Demodex mites aren't visible without a microscope. Everyone most likely has some demodex mites. People with compromised immune systems may have increased numbers. Rosacea and demodex may be related. Demodex mites cannot cross species. What does cross species might be ringworm.
Comment posted by John of Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand on 26 September 2020 at 21:26 5272
I have had Rosacea for about 8 years and have only recently learnt of the connection with face mites. I soaked a handkerchief in apple cider vinegar and applied it to my forehead as a test for about two hours for two evenings. That caused small red welts which I believe are eggs mites that have been killed by the acidity. I have used 50-50 coconut oil and tea tree oil on my face nightly for a week and the redness is receding. I find mites on my sheets in the morning and presume the TT oil is killing them when they come out in the dark. I use ACV now as a skin cleaner morning and night and that routine is working well for me. I would not recommend soaking the skin with ACV as it creates small red areas which are unsightly and take a long time to heal. Better to slowly reduce numbers by cleaning regularly and kill them when they come out. I’ve read that the TTO is dissipated in about 4 hours so if you wake in the night it is helpful to reapply. This routine is very simple and does work.
Comment posted by David of Perth, WA, Australia on 9 June 2019 at 20:2 5160
Reply to Anne of Cootharaba, QLD, Australia.
Have you had these creatures properly diagnosed? They don't sound like demodex mites if they are everywhere, as you say. The first step is to be sure of exactly what you are dealing with. Perhaps they are bird mites or some other insect? Is there a birds nest outside your bedroom? Please get some professional help.
Comment posted by Anne of Cootharaba , Qld, Australia on 9 June 2019 at 18:40 5159
I have been suffering from these horrible mites for 4 years. I have thought of taking my life. I have spent all my retirement fund on trying to beat these creatures and I am now selling my property. These things are everywhere. I clean everything every day. I am so tired they put me in the mental home told me I was delusional, so stay away from the doctors they don’t how to treat these things. I spent a fortune on tea tree oil without success. How much vinegar and how much borax and how much peroxide do you put in the spray bottle? What do you do about your hair?
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 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!
Comment posted by GoingBuggy of Chicago, Illinois, USA on 3 May 2018 at 21:1 4991
One day last year my puppy started getting bald spots. Before we got the puppy we had been capturing field mice that enter the house scavenging for food. I believe she has mites causing the mange. She has a vet appointment later this month but until then I am trying home remedies. Well before I noticed the balding spots I allowed her on my bedding. Since then I have been diligently washing everything in hot water and laundry detergent placing the clean clothes in plastic containers or bags. I noticed a round spot on my child’s leg that looked like scabies so I think the puppy passed it along. I have been applying apple cider vinegar and it seems to be drying it out. For months I felt something crawling on my scalp but I never heard of mites so I just thought I had dry scalp. I have used the vinegar as a rinse and it seems to help.
Comment posted by Laurie Anne of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 19 January 2018 at 11:42 4907
I recently realized that I have Demodex mites. I had been struggling with a messy blotchy face for so long I can’t remember, about a decade. I had great success using MMS Miracle Mineral Solution that I purchased online from Australia. I live in Canada but can no longer get MMS from Canada or USA. I make up the MMS solution, 2 drops per ounce of water. I make up 16 ounces before I go to bed. I put the 16 ounces of water MMS solution in a medium size glass bowl. I leave it by my bed. Whenever I wake up in the night, I wash my face with the solution. The mites move out of your pores during the night so the only time to wash them away is during the night. Dip a clean face cloth in the MMS and wash your entire face using the one side of the face cloth. Only use the facecloth once. Use a clean one every time you wash your face in the night. Then turn the face cloth over and wash face again. Pay special attention to around the nose, mouth, and around the eyes. MMS does not seem to hurt or bother my eyes. When you are first using MMS it is a good idea to not make it as strong, possibly use 25 drops instead of 32 drops to make the 16 ounces. Do this to test your tolerance to MMS.
After I have washed my face with the MMS solution I then spray my face with another solution I make and put in a spray bottle. The solution is apple cider vinegar, water, and tea tree oil. I use 1 ouch of water, 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of tea tree oil. Always shake this spray before each time you use it. The tea tree oil may separate from the water and the apple cider vinegar being that it is an oil. All of this can dry your skin. During the day I use virgin coconut oil and tea tree oil to moisturize. I make small batches of this mix using about 1 teaspoon and a maximum of 2 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil cannot be used full strength. Demodex mites do not do well with either coconut oil or the tea tree oil. I have been doing this procedure for just over a month and my face only has about two, maximum three little red marks in the morning. I intend to continue this procedure for at least another month.
One more thing I have been doing is I make up at mix of MMS and water and put it in a small spray bottle. Again about two drops of MMS for each ounce of water. Test for your tolerance. I spray this mixture up my nose before I go to bed at night. I don’t know if the Demodex mites are in the hair follicles in my nose so just to be sure I give it a spray. Be aware I have been using MMS for years and am used to it. Once you take possession of your first shipment of MMS go slow, test your tolerance. At this point I use MMS for many many things. Couldn’t live without it. I think the most amazing thing I used it for was I soaked my feet in it every night for about a month and the callus that builds up on heels and edge of big toes eventually was eliminated. After soaking scrape excess skin away. I think the excess was really a fungus and the MMS kills fungus. Just my theory, who knows? Hope this helps another person suffering with Demodex mites.
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