Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) - a list of ailments that it may treat, how to use as a home remedy and sulphur supplement, dosages, side-effects.
Question posted by DAK of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, USA on 15 May 2020 at 11:59 5223
I have been tortured since July 2019 with demodex mites. Within a month they began biting my body everywhere. Nothing has really worked. All 30 something products I tried seem to just keep them at bay. The latest is three times in the last month my eye lids, brows, lower lids - they turn bright red and burn for a few days, then peel for a week, then the process starts again. It can be from stress or other illnesses that causes the immune system to lower. It's like a vicious cycle - immune system lowers, get the infestation, you stress over that so the immune system never recovers. What do you do? Sedation for a month? This has consumed my life. I feel like a incubator for these things. I' m sorry but I can't imagine years of this. I can not do that. It's maddening, I'm not sure what else to say or do.
Comment posted by DavidM of Perth, WA, Australia on 3 March 2020 at 12:59 5209
Reply to tmom of Boston, MA, USA on 1 March 2020:
You can read the web page on MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) by clicking on Ailments & Remedies at the top of the screen, then Remedies.
Also, if you go back to Ailments & Remedies, and click on Mites, you can see our readers comments on using MSM.
Comment posted by tmom of Boston, MA, USA on 1 March 2020 at 22:40 5208
I have been struggling with mite infestation since late spring 2019. I may have made a bad situation worse by aggressively treating my eyes and driving them to my scalp. Then I took biotin supplements and gave them a feeding frenzy and didn’t understand what was happening right away. I noted abatement when I got my hair colored for a few weeks. Then the scalp crawl started. My hair loss was conspicuous and noticeable by July. I stopped the biotin and it helped, but by December 2019 I was a mess. January 2020 I used diatomaceous earth and dusted it onto my scalp and left it overnight. It made big difference but you need to do it regular to break their life cycle. That was my mistake. My dermatologist thinks I am crazy and diagnosed female hair loss. In Feb 2020 I used a lice treatment rinse and they went crazy active 3 days later - must have been the eggs hatching. I should have done back-to-back treatment. I loaded my scalp with DE last Friday and noted almost immediately the movement stopped. Plan to wash the DE out today BUT have noted crawl sensation on ears, neck so maybe I am just moving them around.
What is the MSM product people are referring to? Thank you to all.
Comment posted by Adrienne of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand on 10 December 2018 at 12:17 5108
In reply to Hope of Stockholm, Sverige, Sweden on 19 January 2018 at 6:34, comment 4905: about crawling on skin sensation. If it is not mites, it can also be caused by pesticide exposure or mercury toxicity in which case a different approach will be required involving a good internal detox program.
I had a 3 year journey with mites diagnosed by a good dermatologist. I made my own skincare cream with MSM, diatomaceous earth, tea tree essential oil, and some rose essential oil to mask the tea tree. The above mix certainly controls the condition and with morning and night application including one’s hair at night will eventually give recovery.
Question posted by Hope of Stockholm, Sverige, Sweden on 19 January 2018 at 6:34 4905
Hi, thank you all for this fantastic group, this is totally new for me. Mites exploded in my life after a long super-stressful period when everything that could go wrong really did. After 6-7 weeks of renovating the 30 flats I live in they put plastic all around, then changed our windows without installing ventilation for fresh air. They totally closed off all air by putting tape over all windows probably because of painting and other work. One week after that I woke up one morning with itching rashes under my breasts. I have never had anything like that, no eczema or something so it was really a bit worrying. Then because of where they were located and my age, 57 I went to the doc to check if it was herpes zoster, we call it beltrose in Swedish . Doc said no, it looks more as if something has bitten you! One week after that, and after seeing another doc, I had a typical rosacea mark on my left cheek, acne on the other and all over my chest and back, itching, crawling. I thought I’d caught scabies, but two doctors said no. No one even had a microscope and one told me to get that ghost out of my brain and get some psychiatry.
Question: Can it be that when we got no fresh air, and there was air coming IN where dirty old air is supposed to get OUT that I have caught this from one of my neighbours? I am newly divorced, my youngest son 20 years old lived with me at this time and his eyes became red and he started complaining of itching skin at the same time. This was November and two weeks later I told him to move to his dad since I was afraid he would also get this thing from hell. He is now fine, but I have had a living hell.
I am depressed, have had to clean EVERYTHING all the time because of a black yucky powder with black spots that lays everywhere in this flat if I’m not fast enough to wipe it off. All my carpets and stuff I don't need is in my store now. I don’t vacuum clean, instead I use superhot water 90C morning and evening to clean everything, bedclothes etc.
I have heard from other neighbours that they got red eyes, runny nose and they all complain over the poor ventilation but I don’t dare to ask them about this. Waited since November to have someone from the company that owns the building to come and inspect. They finally made contact with the environment department and others so things are probably going to speed up now, but I just need to know how I could get this shit without hugging anyone else than my dog. Very short fur Amstaff Rottweiler who has nothing in his fur and no itching. My grownup kids are all well. Can this spread from ventilation between apartments? I have gone from having a big family, dog, girlfriends, sons living with me a lot to now being totally on my own in this apartment since first week of December. I have not worked a lot because of this exhausting regimen to keep everything clean. I can do work from home, but need to see customers in the health food business and I panic when thinking that this will continue.
I want to share one trick before I stop. If you want to clean up your pores follicles put pure aloe vera jelly all over your face or a spot you want to treat. Let it stay for 2-3 minutes, then rub on AlkoGel (alcohol, aloe vera). We can buy it cheaply in the grocery store here in Stockholm. You will soon see white, greasy things popping up. Continue to rub and pick the white stuff away. I use wet paper towels. Rinse with clean water and spray colloidal silver. I also use one glass of water mixed with 2 table spoons with MSM (Methy-Sulfonyl-Methane). This will freshen up all the affected area and has been the best of all products I have tried. But after reading all these comments I will for sure try the hydrogen peroxide. SOOOO GRATEFUL for this group! The aloe, AlkoGel, colloidal silver and MSM has made my life better and my skin much more beautiful again, but still I have the itching and biting on my feet and legs. I don’t go barefoot in here any longer! Big hug to all of you suffering from this devastating creep.
Comment posted by Merle of Hilo, Hawaii, USA on 20 July 2016 at 18:27 4168
8 months into full head body demodex infestation and improving. Biting stopped and there were just a few itchy spots, but head, eyelashes, ears and nose were still active. That all changed this week when I started using 1 tsp. powdered mustard with a small amount of water and letting it develop for a couple of minutes, then add 1-2 tsp. MSM powder to the mustard and stir well. To this I added 2 to 4 oz. of liquid tea tree oil castile soap. I wash my hair and and body with this mixture, and used MSM bar soap to wash my face because it is sensitive. The result is that a couple of hours after the mustard wash, mites start biting itching me in many more spots than before. I believe this is because the MSM powder carries the mustard deep into my pores and flushes mites out that I couldn't reach before. When the mites come out and start biting itching, I scrub down my head and body with diluted cider vinegar to kill those crawling on my skin, and leave my skin to air dry. After the vinegar scrub, the biting itching stops and I oil myself up for the night. I'm hoping if I continue this for a few weeks, I will greatly reduce the number buried mites and speed up my recovery.