Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Coconut oil
Coconut oil. Detailed discussion on composition, health properties, digestive benefits, health benefits, traditional home remedies, warnings on use.
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 3 June 2020 at 15:8 5231
The exact formula that each of these proprietary sprays uses is the reason they can charge a lot for them. In your previous comment I added a list of the ingredients used in your spray, which as you said has not cured you 100%. However, from the hundreds of comments on the Demodex mite pages at this Grow Youthful forum, visitors have shared which ingredients they have found to be effective. You will have to experiment yourself with your own combinations. I wish you well, and many visitors here will be interested to hear of your results. David
Question posted by Roberta of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 3 June 2020 at 8:45 5230
Hi David and thank you....is there a summary on which of these ingredients are required to kill mites so that we can re-create it ourselves? It's been extremely expensive but I have had a severe infestation which was allowed to grow from 2012-2019 when I finally stopped the prescribed opioid from my prior PCP and Lyme doctor.
Comment posted by Roberta of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 2 June 2020 at 12:24 5229
Just sharing my Demodex experience. In 2012 they appeared at the same time as Lyme and co-infections and my doctor prescribed an opioid instead of trying to figure the crawling sensation. In 2019 I found this page and read everyone's story and treatment. You all gave me hope. I started using Ungex spray in November 2019. It is very expensive but it works somewhat. I am not 100% nor do I expect to be given my immune issues, so I'll be on a maintenance protocol forever as I'm now 75. But I came back to this page to not only share how the spray has worked for me but to share another way to treat these mites. Buy a high frequency hand-held machine. I bought one for $18 from Wish. It clears hair follicles and pores of bacteria and it can make the spray, or any skin treatment go deeper into the skin. Demodex brevis lives very deep in the pore, so topical treatments may not reach them. But the machine will. I want to thank you all again as your comments really helped me.
Note from David Niven Miller website owner: if you search for 'ungex ingredients' you will get a pdf list from their website which they are required by law to provide in Australia. The main active ingredients have previously been discussed on this forum. They are sold as a convenient and expensive combination spray with additional preservatives, solvents and moisturisers: Water, Polysorbate 20, glycerin, geraniol (from rose, palmarosa or citronella oil), phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil (tea tree oil), diazolidinyl urea, citric acid, cocos nucifera (coconut oil) with some of these ingredients acting as preservatives, solvents and moisturisers.
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 Frankie of St Paul, MN, USA on 20 November 2018 at 2:25 5102
I’ve used coconut oil quite a few times to aid with mites or some other type of head parasite. I’m not sure exactly what they are. I can’t get a doctor or vet (my dog has also had problems with skin and hair) to help diagnose what they are. The critters seem to be layered meaning when they started several years ago, there was a flea on my dog, and then other types of parasites that he dog was also treated for. Now, I’ve noticed several different types of critters on myself, mites, maybe lice, and some sort of a flat bug which could be a nymph, but I can’t identify what it is even at the adult stage. Anyhow, I’ve used coconut oil quite a few times and have left it in my hair overnight, covered with a plastic hair cover. This helps break up the glue from the parasites. When I’ve gone to wash my hair after, I need to wash several times because of all of the glue in my hair, but the coconut oil absolutely does break it up. It also smothers the bugs. I don’t think it kills the mites because they burrow into the skin.
Comment posted by George of Northern IL, Illinois, USA on 3 June 2018 at 11:55 5020
I am 62 and have had demodex mites and rosacea for many years. Where did I get them? I used to drink heavy. Don’t use booze anymore and that blew my protection from the mites. You might know that everyone in the world has these microscopic creatures on their body, but they are controlled. Age is not on your side on keeping this creature in check. Older people are ripe for rosacea. Also I have a theory that my overgrowth of mites started with learning to ride a motorcycle without a helmet and glasses. The high wind could have injected the bugs into my eyes, ears, face, beard and hair. These crawly things drive you nuts. I’ve got them on my hair, eyelids, nose, cheeks, beard, and hairs to the entrance of my ears and behind the ears. Tea tree oil worked pretty good but they came back. Disclaimer TTO not recommended for the eyes.
Coconut oil is said to smother the demodex. When they are real bad, or from time to time, I mix tea tree oil with my shampoo to blast them. Then I smother the demodex with coconut oil. I work it into my hair and scalp after shampooing. Now things are peaceful, though I still have to keep on working it into my closed eyelids on the eyelashes and eyelash roots.
At one time in the past my eyelids had thickened and I just thought it was a product of getting old. I web searched the theories that coconut oil is a mild irritant to the eye, and also has the same qualities as tears that keep them moist. They say coconut oil opens up the tear ducts that run along the ridge of the top and bottom eyelids. I risked using coconut oil on the ridge of my closed eyelids and around the area including eyebrows. I personally have collected good size scraps of dead bugs on my eyelids and sides each morning and my lids have improved. I have no idea of what the real long-term eye consequences are. Some does get in to your eyes with the method.
Comment posted by CT of Honolulu , Hawaii , USA on 21 May 2018 at 2:34 5008
Coconut oil and magnesium chloride flakes..soak in warm bathtub for 30 or 40 minutes... I don't rinse off.. just pat dry. The mites can't burrow because the coconut oil suffocates them. No more itching. I plan to do this beautiful remedy for the rest of my life. Oh and I also put in 30 drops of orange essential oil. I also immerse my head to soak. Yes just soak ALL of you, feels sooo good and the fragrance of the essential orange oil is heavenly.
Comment posted by AD of New York City, NY, USA on 11 December 2017 at 16:52 4860
I bought a zapper off ebay. Look up Hulda Clark zapper. Do her 7 min zapping 20 min off, repeat 3 times. I wet my face and the infected area and glided the contacts over. This is the only solution I've used that kills demodex mites. I saw almost immediately areas drying up, healing mite areas. Zapping kills parasites, fungus, bacteria and virus developed long ago. Repeat daily as the eggs hatch and re-infestation occurs. My skin looks amazing - the salons charge a lot for this procedure as a face tightening lift procedure.
Comment posted by Aida of Miami, FL, USA on 5 December 2017 at 1:18 4850
I disagree with Anne of Cootharaba, Qld, Australia on 19 November 2016 at 22:10, comment 4373:
I have used coconut oil to treat mites and it actually works, although it is not recommended for everybody. While it is good for humans it is highly toxic to Demodex mites. It is not comparable to the sebum produced by the human body which the little creatures feed on.
Comment posted by Hopeful of London, London, UK on 25 November 2017 at 6:31 4843
Hello all. I share your pain. I had a demodex infestation for the first time in august this year. It took a while to understand what it was. I thought they were little lice. My skin burned, it was very red, itchy, painful, and the crawling, gosh! It started on the face and quickly spread to the whole body including the scalp, and yes, it was when my immune system was very down with a pharyngitis. I share the despair of this terrible affliction and have for months read all blogs, sites, medical journals I could find. Doctors have not helped. I have seen four doctors now including a dermatologist and no progress. It is very frustrating but I am trying to be hopeful. I have tried borax, peroxide scrub and bath, tea tree oil, permethrin cream everyday on the whole body for a week , eurax cream good for the itch and not so pricey as permethrin , dermol, neem oil, copaiba oil, you name it... I have spent so much money. I have been prescribed Rosex for the face which I used twice per day and I also apply Dermalex rosacea which is incredibly expensive but helps relieve the itch. On the body and scalp, I have applied a mix of coconut oil with moxidectin relative to my weight mixed well applied once and again after two weeks . It temporarily helped but I was worried about the known side effects dizziness, ataxia, coma! So I didn’t pursue further. Please bear in mind that this product is not approved in humans and accumulates in the body only released after 20 days. What has alleviated my symptoms a lot has been a daily or twice daily shower with sulphur soap, leave it on the skin and scalp for a bit if possible. At night a mix of coconut oil with Manuka honey which I read about on this blog 3:1 ratio. Not a pleasant mix, the smell and stickiness. I sleep with that on the skin and shower in the morning with sulphur soap again. The coconut oil stays, the honey goes. Applying the mix works better after a shower as the skin does not stick so much, feels more bearable. My arms, tummy, nostrils and scalp are much better . Legs, shoulders, eyebrows and face are improving slowly. My scalp stopped scaling but still hurts when I put my head in the pillow. If I leave it for a few days without applying the skin starts to flare up again. It’s been 20 days, hard work but I feel I can have normal days again. The crawling on my face is mostly gone. I am yet to try ice or a cold shower but warm baths set it off. To improve my immune system I have been taking 1/2 lemon with warm water first thing every morning, taking a daily brew of fresh ginger 1cm sliced , peppercorns and 1/2 lemon, in boiling water leave for 30 min before drinking. I also started taking water kefir once per day for some probiotics. I can’t have much oily food or nuts as it sets off my rosacea or face demodex. I just hope this helps someone. Thanks for sharing your remedies, it has made my life much better. Keep hoping, the complete cure for this may appear one day soon. Namaste!
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