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Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)

Remedy: Sauna / steam room

Comment posted by GingaNinja of Vegas, Nevada, USA on 19 February 2019 at 3:40       5120

I am coming up to 8 months of having whatever mites these actually are and so far I have seen the best results on day one of using a steam room. They feel slimy and I can feel them crawling All over. Also sometimes gliding-flying to other part of my body. I believe I have demodex or bird mites but not sure. Almost been to every hospital here in town and a few quick cares but even told to lay off the drugs, been thrown on a legal hold for psych evaluation, and now driving me so insane I'm about to punch someone. What I've noticed is they live on me - nobody else will see them. They like the corner of my eyes and cheeks the best but I am so infested now that they are all over me. They like select people because I'm the only one here that's bothered by them. They don't like to be dirty either, so baby powder or clay dirt helps get some off me. Vegetable or olive oil, Dawn soap, or dry cleaners like oxi-clean makes it hard for them to move. Tea tree oil helps get rid of them. Next steam room visit I am going to bring some oil, Dawn soap or baby shampoo lotion to help get them off me.

Question posted by MiteAsWellDie of Salem, VA, USA on 3 August 2018 at 3:47       5054

I need help! I work at Goodwill in Va...well WORKED until I contracted scabies from there. I'm so infested it's in every pore of my scalp. My two year old son has it. I do not have health insurance and have limited funds. I don't even know if I can find a sauna where I live. Small town. I'm literally starting to hallucinate.I have them so bad I'm so sick. I keep reading your people have these for years! It's very discouraging. Someone please help me make a plan.

Question posted by Itchy of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 15 December 2017 at 23:39       4867

I am wondering which is more effective at killing demodex mites? A hairdryer, steam sauna, a dry sauna, or an infrared sauna? And also why on earth some of us are so much more hospitable to these little devils?

Comment posted by john s of Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, United Kingdom on 22 November 2017 at 4:9       4837

It's a war I've had for near 3 yrs with these mites now. Permethrin and Ivermectin from GP helped but some survived. I have tried various essential oils and sulphur treatments that work up to a point but some mites always seem to survive. I vacuum the bed twice a week and on all other days go over it with lint roller, pillows and duvet have anti-dustmite covers. I'm currently taking sauna and steam room 3 times a week and using horse paste and Ivermectin once a week and Permethrin twice a week and on other days using Nitrid all over. I also tried malathion and lindane on few occasions all seemed to help but not totally clear the cursed things. So although it seems at a controlled level now with little itching and emerging dead mites I just cannot get totally free from them. I'm not even sure if they are actually scabies as seem to be mostly on my face area which is allegedly not a favourable area for them, also on hands between fingers and on waist that are typical scabies areas. Any comments observations welcome.

Comment posted by CSE of hurricane mills, Tennessee, USA on 18 November 2017 at 17:11       4828

I have been struggling with this for 10 yrs! Using the infrared sauna is the first hope I've had in years of getting rid of these mites. The sweating opened of the pores of my skin and the mites were exiting. I used a damp cloth and wiped them off my body. After I took a shower. That night I only had a fraction of normal level activity.

Comment posted by D.Flavin of Starnberg , Bavaria, Germany on 18 September 2017 at 22:28       4759

75 degree hot sauna appeared to kill the mites on my skin.

Comment posted by Julia of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA on 13 August 2017 at 11:15       4710

I have not heard anyone add this, but sweating has been a tremendous help to me. I do a 30 min cardio on my stair climber - took me 6 months to get to 30 min but even after 10 min I am drenched in sweat, then immediate shower with body and hair organic chemical free shampoo that I bought and mixed in some tea tree oil and sulphur with a little neem. The sweat has forced these critters out and now I want them down the drain. I also use an exfoliating cloth in the shower because many mites seem to have suction cups or hairs on their bodies to help them adhere.

Yes I read "Diet - candida recovery" remedy for mites on this website, and I believe yeast does play a roll and increase their numbers, maybe makes the skin breeding grounds, their diet or slows the skin cell turn over making conditions optimal for their survival and population, so I rarely eat yeasty foods and keep my sugar consumption down. I drink a lot of water.

Mite infestation feels like its driving you mad. I realize the best I will do in my life is control it, never eradicate it. It's so funny before this I never thought about skin mites and now a day does not go by that I can be that care free and not think of what I to do to continue in my battle of control for survival over the mite!

Comment posted by TJ of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 7 December 2016 at 13:37       4395

I found the easiest way to rid from scabies is to have a bath in emulsified neem oil. Take 1-2 tablespoons of oil and mix it in half a cup of body wash liquid soap or shampoo. You may like to add some lavender oil to help with the stink. When mixed add this to the bath and soak the whole body in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not rinse off. Just towel dry and go to bed. In the morning strip the bed. Mites cannot survive off the body for more than 3 days. Therefore it is best not to reuse and bed linen or any clothes without washing. For showers add a tablespoon of neem oil to your body wash to use every day in the morning. The bath soak should be done every 3-4 days for 2 weeks. Things to note: Your chair at work and your carseat can continually re-contaminate you so wash or spray them. I got scabies sitting on someones couch in shorts. Therefore spray your couch and then put a cover over it whilst in the decontaminating phase. Another way you can kill scabies is go to a sauna. Take a complete set of fresh clothes and put the old contaminated clothes in a plastic bag. Do at least 2-3 ten minute sessions and make sure your skin is raised to above 55 degrees celsius. Go naked or speedos if you can't. That will kill them. 7-8 days later when eggs hatch do it again. Good luck. They are such a pain and misery.

Comment posted by Linda of San Deigo, CA, USA on 28 February 2015 at 11:35       3302

I went on a cruise to get away from constant laundry. I had mites around mouth, nose and trying to get in my eyes. I went into the sauna and kept my face in the steam for a few minutes (as long as I could stand it). Came out to rest, then would go back in. It did work-but I went back in every few days until the end of the cruise. No return -I am very careful not to touch my face with my hands-put on my make up with sponges and q-tips, wear a glove when I brush my teeth etc. I use a lot of hand sanitizer before eating, even before putting on my glasses. I am lucky they have not returned.

Comment posted by RaisedByBears of Duluth, MN, USA on 26 August 2014 at 3:33       2819

Sauna seems to be the only relief. I've been sleeping in the guest cabin. Before I sleep, I vacuum the chairs, bed, sofa, and rug in the guest cabin, and take all blankets and pillows to the sauna. A short sauna at 200 to 230 degrees rids all mites. It is the only way I can sleep at night. As soon as I re-enter the main house in the morning - I'm re-infested. I don't know what kind of mites these are - but they are very small. I can see them, looking like dust particles, if I stand out in the sunlight in a good wind and run my hands through my hair. They seem to be able to control their flight to some extent.

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