Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Comment posted by May Belle of West Hartford, CT, USA on 13 November 2019 at 10:58 5187
I am 62 and suffered from what I am now pretty sure is demodex mites for a year and half. I stayed a few days at a place where the cleanliness of bedding was sketchy, and also got too much sun at the same time. I got a bit of redness on one cheek and my nose had little red bumps. I have used rubbing alcohol on my face to bring the mites to surface and then put tea tree oil on to kill them. I realized my hot water in the house I was renting was not set high enough. It was 120 and it should be over 130 I believe from what I have read. Before the Landlord adjusted it I used eucalyptus in my laundry for sheets and towels as that kills dust mites and maybe all mites. I used a few drops of eucalptus mixed in water and added to wash. I also used 1 cup or so of white vinegar in rinse cycles. This killed germs and freshened things and softened the sheets and towels. I used niacinamide on my skin and my skin seems really much better in just a few weeks. I have been using a silk pillowcase for a few months too and that was helping some. Mites don t like silk. So hot water and eucalyptus are my recommendations. I do mop the house with vinegar, and vacuum our rugs and use borax on them.
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 JO of Springville, UT, USA on 31 May 2019 at 4:6 5155
Dear Tiny of Skokie, IL,
I read your story today and personally can empathise with this demodex condition. I have been a fellow sufferer for 5 yrs now, and received similar help from Dr as you have. Most derm doctors are still clueless and immediately believe it is delusional parasitosis. It is sad and frustrating to be offered dangerous antipsychotic drugs to conceal the real condition. I warn you now to begin your research and know that once they overpopulate your hair, then face, the condition usually worsens and affects the entire body, every sebaceous gland and pore. This is what happened to me because good treatment was not offered and my condition blew out of control. I can’t explain the physical and emotional suffering I endured until I worked for years to bring the condition under control with the right products. You have got to find a good demodex shampoo or make your own with some essential oils like tea tree oil (TTO) that can work. Personally, you will find more treatments and products for dogs and other animals that treat mites. It is a shame there is really no approved treatment for human beings. I hate the smell of Sulfer so I discovered Benzyl Peroxide washes and shampoos. I have to warn you that I have spent thousands of dollars trying this and that until I found products that help me best. Everyone is different. But, attack the mite over population as quickly as you can. Also, don’t believe that 2 doses of Ivermectin from a Dr who believes you makes them magically go away. That does not happen when your whole immune system is out of control and stress rises because of this disheartening condition. In the beginning when they were so bad and out of control, I wiped eye and face mites off of me all night long, hardly sleeping. They invaded the end of my inside nose tissue, ears and everywhere you can imagine. They were days I did not want to wake up the next day, if I could sleep because this condition tries to steal your joy and rob you of a social life. I wanted to die it grew so bad.
So it is very important to find great herbs and vitamins to strengthen your immune system. Since they are invisible, don t expect most to believe or sympathize. I found it best to not even share with doctors anymore because of the horrible and incorrect treatment I endured from the medical profession. Yes, mostly dermatologists. Most are so focused on treating cosmetic conditions they have failed to become aware of this growing pestilence problem. Sadly, I discovered they care more about beauty and cosmetic treatments and neglect to know how to correctly diagnose or treat this condition. If you happen to locate a good, understanding doctor with adequate knowledge of demodicosis, you are blessed. I just know that we have learned to help one another with tools and products we have discovered. I personally use a boric acid eye wash twice a day when I wash my face. My hair was the first sign before mites invaded my eyebrows and face and elsewhere. I use a dog shampoo with 2% to 3% benzoyl peroxide. Careful, it will lighten your hair but it is one product that works very well. Then a good TTO conditioner you can make or buy.
Fortunately, I am retired, so I have the time to maintain this condition at home. I wear no makeup unless I have a social or family event. I spray my face daily with witch hazel mixed with any essential oil you find that may work. It's hard finding one that does not smell too bad. A little lemongrass, lavender, TTO, etc. Then a good oil free moisturiser. Every day is a battle. At night I use Castor oil on my eyes after using Occusoft Plus eyelid cleanser that you may leave on. It kills good. Sometimes, I use it for my entire face because it is quite effective. Just don t give up your battle with this condition. Surprisingly, there are MORE new products to help with dog mange that are very beneficial, but costly. I use many of them daily. Bathing helps are Benzoyl Peroxide soaps or 2 Chlorhexidine liquid soap. I make my own blending four dog shampoos with a healthy shampoo with a nice scent. My mites grew so bad I had to find something that was more powerful than Ted’s Mange treatment that never helped much. I still do hair rinse with the borax water and ACV with some helpful essential oils. It’s trial and error for everyone Tiny, but I trust you will find your products that best maintain this condition for you. Just know you are not alone and there is wealth of information help online. Believe me, I think I tried just about everything, including buying an infrared spa and rife machine. It’s been very costly, but we must choose life one day at a time and cling to hope. I will pray for you and know that God truly cares about every detail of our lives as we suffer together.
Comment posted by David Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 25 May 2019 at 13:58 5151
Reply to Riley Geddings of Tampa
Please click on the Tea tree oil link at the top of this page.
Also, many of the comments answer your question.
Question posted by Riley Geddings of Tampa, FL, USA on 25 May 2019 at 0:1 5149
How much Tea Tree Oil do I mix with other ingredients? ie Drops, or what? Thanks
Comment posted by Tiny of Skokie, IL, USA on 23 May 2019 at 13:23 5148
I have eye lash mites not sure how I got them or where they came from. My first symptom was my face was itching really bad one day. I never seen anything then I felt something moving around my eyelashes. It took me several nights before I could see it and it was like a little worm crawling across my lashes, freak me out. I started trying to figure out what was going on and how to get rid of it. The only thing that was coming up on the internet was tea tree oil so I tried that. I noticed that they were not running around as much, but they would not go away. I went to my Dr she ask me was I crazy or something and that hurt. I tried again to help myself with baby shampoo, that works but what was in my eye lashes was too far gone. My Dr gave me some names of eye doctors who said I have some type of lava in my eyes that the mites formed. I take every 12 hours Doxycycline Hyclate 100mg capsules and an ointment Erythromycin Ophthalmic which I use with baby shampoo. I have been taking the meds now going on 4 weeks and I see little change, these mites run all night. I do notice the ointment slow them down but before I put it into my eye before bed I feel them running. I also have them in my hair it does not itch, but my hair started coming out. I use medicated shampoo and I use tea tree shampoo with matching conditioner. I put the tea tree conditioner in at night and I brush it in really good, tied up my hair for a day the next day the mites were every where a good number of them came out. Now I am really hoping for a way to get rid of these things, I don't know what else to do. I have a bar of pure tea tree soap that I leave on my face at night and I bath with it and it helps. If someone knows something else please let me know I want them gone Thank you
Comment posted by Mary from Fl of Ormond, Fl, USA on 22 April 2019 at 22:48 5142
I had Demodex mites for many years. I finally used tea tea oil and tea tree oil shampoo with great success. Tea tree killed my Demodex mites.
Comment posted by Roberta of North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 21 March 2019 at 11:15 5135
I am so happy to have found this information. I'm 74 years old and I've been suffering with crawling and stinging sensations since 2012 when I got sick with Lyme and co-infections. My Lyme doctor treated me for many possibilities but never Demodex mites. She ended up giving me Clonazepam to relax and I take cannabis oil for sleep. I became addicted and when I stopped seeing her, went off it cold turkey. Of course, the sensations are worse without anything to cover them. I am so grateful to all of you for sharing your treatments and for helping me to not feel like it is all in my head.
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.
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