Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Coenzyme Q10
Comment posted by ohbaby of Brooklyn, NY, USA on 5 October 2015 at 2:54 3671
I have a very similar experience to the many people suffering from Demodex overgrowth, and I have been suffering for 3 years now. Started with the regular occurrence of Blepharitis. From there, my research and the battle began. Learned that I developed this condition once I stopped smoking. There is a chemical (Benezene) in cig smoke that kills these critters in minutes. This was shown in a study involving the benefits of TTO on Demodex. They had tried a number of chemicals besides TTO, one was Benezene. Benezene is a carcinogen, so I wouldn't recommend to start smoking to deal with these parasites, although I considered it. Just explaining how I came to be infested. By actually quitting smoking. How ironic I develop this nightmarish condition trying to improve my health.
Like many here, I use TTO, sulfur soap, and clove oil, to deal with them. Along with the grueling house cleaning. Take lots of supplements to build my immune system, and eat right.(no sugar, wheat, low carbs). While this helps, I came to the conclusion we will never win this battle in wiping them out completely. Even if successful, you would get re-infested in no time. No, the solution must come from building our defenses. These mites are on everyone, yet only bother the few of us who suffer. My research has shown that we are not producing antibodies to control these critters, therefore they overpopulate. It's our immune system that is not working efficiently.
There are many nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, Iodine, vitamins A,B,C,D,E. Herbal supplements, Cistanche, Suma. Medicinal mushrooms, Red Reishi, Agaricus Blazei, among others. Hormones supplements DHEA, and Melatonin. Caution must be taken with hormones. And all nutrients must be in balance.
All these nutrients strengthen the immune system and this is what I have been taking on and off for a year now. I have not been sick with a cold, flu, virus, in that time. But the mites are still there.
The reason I explain all this, is that our bodies need a vast array of vital nutrients working together for the common good. They interact with one another, and enhance each others effectiveness. You miss a link in that chain, and it will not be as effective. I recently came across CoQ10, (they threw it in with my regular supplements order by mistake). For me, this was the missing link. Believe it or not, I immediately noticed a dramatic reduction in mites activity. I really believe I have found my answer to my nightmare of 2 or 3 years. I never thought I would find a magic pill for this condition, but this is what it is like for me. Obviously, it's more a case of completing, and strengthening that chain needed for an optimally functioning immune system.
I am 58 year old cancer survivor, who obviously had a compromised immune system. Demodex is more common in older adults, due to the fact our immune system deteriorates with age. Add that to,... us not getting the nutrients we need daily from the food supply, the fact our bodies slow down production of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, acids, years of toxicity due to just living our lives,.... and you could see why many illnesses are age related.
CoQ10 is a vitamin like substance. An antioxidant and a critical component in energy production. It's found in every cell in our body to help produce ATP, the energy molecule. In my case, I believe it has turned my immune cells, into killer cells on steroids. Most of my other supplements obviously built up the army, and defense, but I believe CoQ10 is the chow that army feeds on, to battle like mighty warriors. Your defense's will perform sluggishly, without proper nourishment, and I believe this is what I was missing. The cellular energy needed to go to battle against these critters.
This is my solution to this nightmare. Might not be yours. You could be missing some other nutrient in the chain.
Comment posted by RedGalaxy of London, Ontario, Canada on 23 September 2014 at 12:14 2888
Started treating with TTO shampoo, conditioner soap, cream one week ago. Huge improvement already. I can see the new hair stubble growing on my scalp where none had been before :). My Opthamologist has also ordered the Cliradex wipes for me. I read a medical study on the effectiveness of TTO for Blepharitis. Yes, Dr's say it works. In addition though they compared the use of petroleum jelly on a control group and it also helped - just not as much. Apparently it coats the pores and smothers the mites. I understand it is a neutral substance and I have been trying that in my ears and in my eye lashes at night and it certainly helps relieve itching. I have had this problem since 2003. I picked it up at a military camp in Bosnia (I was in the military). I think it was from using a barrack pillow. Within 5 months my blepharitis was so bad I was tearing the edge of my cornea trying to open my stuck eyes at night. This led to repeated corneal infiltrate infections. Humidity helps with the dry eyes but winter heating and summer air conditioning drys out my eyes and makes it worse. I agree that everyone has these mites but that with a compromised immune system they can breed out of control. In my case I have gulf war syndrome which has caused deep fatigue, sleeplessness and memory loss. However, I am now managing that with Vitimin Q10 100mg daily with salmon oil to aid absorption. It has given me an amazing amount of energy by helping my miticondria cells repair themselves and after 5 months of the Q10 I am sleeping and feel almost normal for the first time since 1991. So with my strength back I think that I will be able to get the face mites under control with the aid of teh helpful info on this site. So far so good. My advice to fellow suffers is to look at your lifestyle and overall health and work on whatever it is that has allowed these critters to take over. Something is out of balance somewhere. Work on that while you work on the mites. Also, don't go overboard with shampoos, lotions and oils. If you also have rosacea you can easily damage your fragile skin. Go easy and make sure you are not causing other problems as TTO is strong and you can damage your skin. That's why I like supplementing at night with the petroleum jelly. Good luck.