Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Comment posted by Snowwhite of Kokomo, Indiana, USA on 29 April 2017 at 8:32 4589
In 2007 my scalp started hurting to touch in different places at times, and scalp odor that I had never had in my life. I have been a hairstylist so I know a lot about hair. I mentioned this to many doctors with no answers. I tried so many kinds expensive shampoos with little help. My big problem first started in March 2015 when I had my hair trimmed, that's when I noticed the sides almost gone just a few strings left. I was sickened very stressed about losing my hair. I first went to my internist, he recommended shampoo biotin. Since last September 2016 I have seen 3 dermatologists about losing broken off hair at all different lengths. Still no help. I started researching and I figured out it's the Demodex mites. By now I feel them crawling at night and at time bites. I try to use the tea tree oil which is supposed to kill them but it smells so bad. I just saw the 4th doctor at IU School of Medicine who finally told me he will treat aggressively with Ivermectin 2 doses in 2 weeks of 5 pills. I just took the last one yesterday and it has not changed anything.
I am also losing my eyelashes. A doctor said from compromised immune system and ocular rosacea. I think it is caused by the Demodex mites stopping up the oil glands of the eyelash which is there to lubricate the eyes. In desperation I have put tea tree oil full strength on my eyelids but how can I go with this all the time? I am going crazy with this problem.
If anyone knows anything that will save my hair what to do about this....PLEASE HELP!
Comment posted by Tessa of Stafford, Staffordshire, England on 28 April 2017 at 8:16 4585
Hi. It's still early days for me but after seven weeks of sheer misery I have started to get some relief at last. After trying so many things I finally found flowers of sulphur the best treatment for me. I rub the powder very sparingly all over my body and also on my scalp. I never put it on my face because the face is very sensitive and if you get sulphur in the eye it stings like hell. For my face at night I would mix in a cup tea tree oil five drops, half a teaspoon castor oil, two or three drops of neem oil and half a teaspoon macadamia oil. I have been doing this for four days and it is definitely getting much better. At one stage I had the most awful painful stinging bouts on various parts of my body but that also got less. For my eyes I would be very careful. I was treating them for blepharitus. I bought a foam eye treatment for this from the chemist. I would use the foam and then put eye ointment around and in the eye during the day and night. I then carefully applied tea tree oil three drops to upper and lower lids with a cotton bud. As I said it is still early days but my relief is amazing so far.
Comment posted by Di of Gold Coast, QLD, Australia on 2 April 2017 at 19:2 4547
The GP doesn't acknowledge Demodex when I bring it up. Actually several GPs have done the same so I keep looking for someone who has experience and medical knowledge.
I first became severely itchy in 2012 after working in a government department that had parasite experts and entomologists. The day I left I felt itchy and wondered if they had infected me with a parasite. Then I became severely itchy for the next two weeks and developed a rash between the breasts and nipples and the GP told me I had scabies! So I proceeded to use Lyclear and he prescribed Prednisone to relive the itching. However the GP was foreign and didn't explain how much medication to take or the consequences of taking too much. At the same time I was having eyesight problems, and I took 3 tabs a day for 5 days instead of one tab per day for 3 days, so ended up in hospital with potentially ruptured adrenal glands. That was where the doctors told me I never had scabies. So what did I have? They were not interested in why I was itchy. So this issue has come and gone for five years now and my current GP is trying to suggest perimenopause and hormonal changes or celiacs disease. But no matter who I speak to, the notion of parasites causes them to shut down on the question. They rush to find another possibility. Getting nowhere. Still itchy and my face is all red and swollen. Looks like demodex mites to me going by photos online of other people with the same condition. So I have been trying Tea Tree Oil products all over me from face wash to shampoo to body cream to insect spray. But I also take antihistamines at night and have discovered Cedar Oil spray to spray on my chihuahuas and my bedding as they too have contracted my mites. I think I am getting bitten by what feels like sea lice. Maybe that is first stage, then once rhey are in the skin different sensations start up, my nipples get itchy rash forms between breasts and itching lasts day and night, followed by daily trips to laundromat, washing in hot water, showering twice daily, antihistamines... The worst of all is night itching. I too have felt suicidal many times. Its impossible to live with this. And no one understands. The medical profession are clueless.
Comment posted by Sue of Ellicott City, MD, USA on 21 February 2017 at 6:1 4482
I have had Rosacea for years and never a significant issue except I get red in the face if I have any alcoholic drink - easy enough to avoid. Recently I developed the classic bright red cheeks, but with no known trigger. Then it spread to my forehead, chin and neck. I tried cortisone cream and it actually got worse, so I knew it wasnt an allergic reaction. Day by day it grew worse, my skin thicker, my face more swollen. It was alarming. But Google to the rescue! Found this site, realized it was Demodex Rosacia. I still think its creepy, ick, but read every single comment. I started with a little diluted tea tree oil mixed with aloe gel on the face and neck. It helped! Washed bedding, clothing, everything, as was recommended, tea tree oil shampoo - more improvement. Someone recommended Vicks vaporub at night with the tea tree oil and that's when things really improved! There is something about the combination of Vicks and TTO that really speeds up healing. I actually have used the tea tree oil full strength on some of the worst facial areas its very drying . I wash pillowcases and PJs daily and sheets every 2 days, with borax. I sprinkle Gold Bond powder on the sheets as the aroma may deter mites. Looks like a sustained battle ahead to keep this condition in check, but I want to thank everyone on this site who has shared their experiences. You have helped me enormously and I'm very grateful!
Comment posted by David of Melbourne , VIC, Australia on 16 February 2017 at 19:25 4476
I've battled mites for a few years now, stress will trigger them. I'm 30 and healthy except suffering these freaking mites weekly. I mix tea tree oil, coconut oil, clove oil, apple cider vinegar and pure alcohol, any ratio just add a bit of everything and spread it on my skin. Sometimes I take Ivermectin tablets. Every second day I take an antihistamine named Aureus. You must not use it all the time because then the body gets use to it and the mites come back so change monthly. I do not touch animals or open old vents at home. I use a dust mite cover in bed and put clothes I wear to bed in the freezer that kills them. Good luck.
Comment posted by Lou of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia on 3 February 2017 at 16:26 4457
Hi everyone. After 2 years suffering from various skin conditions, hair loss and general poor health, I finally have a possible answer to what causes over-population of demodex mites. I recently diagnosed myself after doctors and dermatologists failed to find out the cause of all my health issues. I have a yeast overgrowth that has spread throughout my body, including skin and scalp. Here's the punchline: demodex mites multiply when there is abundant food - namely yeast on skin. Yeast also spreads spores all over your body. So they have a smorkesboard of food to eat and multiply. My tip to you all is have the specific candida blood test which measures yeast in your body. You will never eradiate the mites if you have a yeast issue. I have been on a candida diet and using various anti-fungals such as apple cider vinegar, pure aloe vera juice, unrefined coconut oil, lots ofd vitamins plus high-strength prohibotics for 4 months now. My mites problem is now under control and once the yeast on my scalp is gone I feel I will be fully cured.
Question posted by Amy of Dallas , Texas, USA on 25 January 2017 at 17:53 4441
I have been using undiluted tea tree oil on my nose for a few weeks. No adverse effect from not diluting it, and my pores are shrinking. My question is if I squeeze out my pores (yellowish stuff and maybe mites) and continue with tea tree oil, are those pores now free of mites and larvae? I also squeeze out some hair follicles and get my face professionally waxed to get rid of all hair at the root. I think this also helps.
Comment posted by Clouseau of Miami, Florida, USA on 23 December 2016 at 8:28 4409
Studies on using tea tree oil against demodex isolated the different ingredients of TTO that are effective. An ingredient called Terpinen-4-ol is the most effective, and it does not burn the skin like pure TTO, especially if using it near the eyes. Pure TTO is very harsh on facial skin so you have to dilute it, and so its efficiency with it. Furthermore, tea tree oil is composed of different ingredients a few of which cancel each other. Check this study at ncbi article PMC3860352. A few demodex wipes such as Cliradex eye wipe use Terpinen-4-ol.
Comment posted by Atwitsend of Los Angeles, CA, USA on 9 December 2016 at 8:49 4397
Dear fellow sufferers. I have been dealing with this scourge for going on three months. It all started with maybe 6 or 7 large tender oozing sores in my scalp that I noticed when shampooing my shoulder length hair. They were raised large sores like cysts and eventually came to a head with whitish pus, so I thought at first that it was cystic acne in my scalp. But I also noticed literally clumps of hair falling out in my comb and in the shower. I also had intense itching, burning and crawling sensations at my hairline and on the fine hairs on my cheeks at night. When this all first started, I also noticed that there were raised red welts behind my ears and red areas next to both nostrils and new pimples on the tip of my nose. When I woke up each morning, my pores above and in between my eyebrows were huge and resembled orange peel skin. I have never had large pores even when I had bad acne as a teenager. At night, I would feel an intense burning sensation around my nose and eyebrows and slight stinging. After reading nearly every post on this board, thank you all for your insights, and trying nearly everything short of shaving my head thankfully that is where this infestation is concentrated although I have it milder on my face as well, I tried last night a hair mask of organic coconut oil mixed with 5-6 drops of CLOVE oil, 5-6 drops of lavender oil, and 5-6 drops of tea tree oil. I mixed everything in a bowl and massaged really well into my scalp, behind my ears and in my eyebrows. The TTO and clove oils are extremely irritating and I suggest avoiding eye areas. Be very careful when you put the coconut oil and essential oil mixture on the eyebrows so that it does not drip into your eyes. I used a Qtip to put the mixture on my eyebrows. I then put on a plastic shower cap which covered my ears. You can buy the cheap disposable plastic ones at RiteAid or Walgreens as you will likely want to throw it out after each use. When I laid down to sleep, I felt some moving around under the shower cap above my ears and at the crown of my head especially for the first 10 or 15 minutes or so. After that, all crawling sensations seemed to stop in my scalp and on my face and I got my first 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in nearly three months. When I woke in the morning, the areas on my face around my nose and eyebrows were not red and swollen as the have been and I did not notice any crawling and biting overnight which would have awoken me. I am thrilled. I will continue this nightly regimen for a few more weeks minimum and keep you posted, but I have to say that whatever was in the oils, it stopped them from at least crawling around last night. I hope that the oils penetrated my scalp pores and killed them! I am grateful for at least one night's rest! I have also taken the precautions of washing pillow case and sheets EVERY night in hot water and 1 cup of borax powder added to laundry. Dryer on hottest setting. My maintenance regimen for the infestation on my face has been that during the day, I use tea tree oil cleansing pads 3 times a day around my hairline, jawline, eyebrows and nostrils. I also have a blemish touch stick that has TTO as well as some other essential oils. I use the touch stick only on the affected areas on my face once or twice a day as it really burns and is very drying. When I first used the touch stick around my eyebrows, no kidding, around 15 minutes later a dried semi transparent whitish carcass of something came crawled out fell out of the hairs. I looked at it under a jeweler's loop magnifier on 45x magnification and was horrified that it was clearly a demodex mite and not a sebum plug or a whitehead. You CAN see these things with a naked eye and you CAN see their stubby little legs and jaws with 45x magnification. Apparently, the TTO had flushed it out of the pore. My conclusion is that clove oil is effective, however, my application was combined with coconut oil, TTO and lavender, so it may have been this combo together that stopped them from crawling about. Too soon to tell if it really got rid of them or just knocked some of them out for the time being.
Comment posted by Debbie of Duluth, MN, USA on 3 December 2016 at 14:19 4388
I used 15 drops of clove oil, 10 drops of rosemary oil, and 10 drops of teatree oil in 1/2 bottle of shampoo. I use this every day on my hair and on my private areas. Everyday out of the shower I mix 25 squirts of lotion with 10 drops each of clove oil, tea tree oil and any other oil I feel like that day - sometimes lemon, grapefruit, frankincense, etc. I lather on face and all over body. I clean the house and clothes as others have discussed. I bring lotion to work the same as I described above and put on my hands after every handwashing. I also rub it into any place I feel an issue during the day. This has been 11 days and it is working! I had this 15 years ago from my work, so I knew what I was dealing with pretty early.
From my past exposure I know what it feels like when it is going away and then being reinfected. This is working better and faster than when I was getting prescriptions from the doctors! I plan on continuing this for another 2 weeks, as there are no side effects, only relief. Also of note, I have not been eating sugar or refined flour, for the most part, for 5 years. I also take multivitamins.
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