Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Comment posted by Anonymous of Goshen , Indiana, USA on 22 October 2016 at 13:57 4319
Thank you to all for your stories! I bought a bed bug plastic wrap for my mattress and pillows, and new sheets. I did a lice treatment, and take a nightly shower with tea tree shampoo, conditionerand body lotion. I lather the shampoo in my hair and while that is sitting for 10 minutes I wash my face and body with the shampoo. I let it sit on my face a few minutes till my eyes can't take it then rinse. Then condition for 10 minutes and repeat face and body with the shampoo. Then lotion my body from my head to the soles of my feet. Then repeat with my morning shower. No makeup for a week and kept my hair in a bun with a new hair tie after every wash. Glass of orange juice morning, noon and night and yogurt every morning for breakfast. Water all day, no pop! I dealt with the itching for 6 days before I discovered the demodex. Within 2 days of my routine I had relief. No more itching or feeling of bugs in my scalp, but I do still feel it in my face at times especially around the nose. Hope this helps you as much as your stories helped me!
Comment posted by OldPrune of Columbus, Ohio, USA on 16 October 2016 at 12:19 4310
It started with blisters in my nose that hurt so bad. That was 2 years ago. Then spread to my ears and my chin. It seemed like overnight it was all over my chest, neck, back, and shoulders. The doctor said it was acne and gave me antibiotics and a wash. My skin turned like leather but the bumps and irritation kept getting worse. I started using tea tree oil to treat the bad spots. My skin felt like it was crawling. I Googled it and found my whole story online. I am now using apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil three times a day. I am noticing black spots popping up, but less bumps and less crawling.
Side-effects posted by Leigh of New York, NY, USA on 4 October 2016 at 15:20 4298
I developed demodex mites in my eyelids compounded by dry eye syndrome. It was sudden and very disturbing. Antibiotics did little. I used tea tree oil for a while but I found that it always left my eyes swollen and irritated. A doctor evaluated my meibomian glands and they had some functionality left. I learned to clean the lid margins (where the eyelashes join the eyelid), not the lids or the edge of the lids, and I do that with a leave-on oculid formula. I clean the margins top and bottom, morning and night, with a makeup q-tip that has less fiber than a normal cotton swab. After 6 months, this problem has been enormously cleared up and my eyelashes have tripled. I committed to washing my face every night with cleansers with grapefruit type salyicylic acid, washing my eyelids, and thoroughly cleaning the lid margins morning and night. It is worth it! No more disturbing eye problems.
Comment posted by Gina of Houston, TX, USA on 14 September 2016 at 7:57 4255
I adopted a puppy that I did not know had mange as it wasn't noticeable. The mites transferred to me. OMG! Under my breasts from holding the puppy. Puppy was a complete monster from all the itching until I used borax, peroxide, apple cider vinegar baths twice a day. After a week the itching crawling sensations pretty much stopped. The puppy became more like a puppy not just a terror. His attention span returned where he could listen and became trainable. Me...well I had to shower with tea tree oil, eucalyptus, clove oil mixed in my shower gel. I put borax in a spice jar with shaker top in the shower. Wet, wash up, let it sit 3-5 minutes before rinsing. My understanding is that the clove oil also kills the eggs. If you don't kill the eggs you will get reinfested from the new hatching mites that are in your pores. Be careful with clove oil, do not get it near or in eyes or any mucus membranes. Also do not use it in or mix it in plastic. Glass only! Hope this helps
Comment posted by Chris Maire of Miami, FL, USA on 1 September 2016 at 1:9 4215
There is a better remedy than tea tree oil, it is Terpinen-4-ol, the active component of tea tree oil. The study shows that it has more power to kill demodex mites, but does not burn the skin as strongly, especially on eyelid and face where tea tree oil is very harsh. Here is the study done in 2013: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3860352/
Question posted by GCPORTELL of Sunrise, FL, USA on 30 August 2016 at 11:40 4213
My facial symptoms match what everyone here describes. I just started using TeaTree Oil so we'll see how that goes. My question is, can this affect your whole body? I wake up every morning and I itch. I feel like there's hundreds of pins pricking my skin. This goes on for most of the morning. Then again at night. And, if I go out in the sun and start to sweat, those hundred pin pricks turn into a million pricks. I can't tolerate it. I'm bathing my entire body with TTO shampoo. Using it on my face as well. Scrubbing my eyes with eye scrubs I got at Walmart and using a steroidal cream on my eyes that clears it up but after a week or so it comes back. I'm so uncomfortable. Any ideas?
Comment posted by Enid 06 of San Pedro, Central America, Belize on 10 August 2016 at 8:43 4191
Hi Guys 43 year old female here. I have been suffering with demonex mites for almost a year. It came following a lice infestation. I have tried everything. Tea tree oil is the joy thing that kill these mites. A mix of 50% TTO along with 25% castor oil and 25% coconut oil will rid the scalp of them. A mix of 30% TTO along with 35% of both castor oil and coconut oil apply lavishly in the shower and massage in skin in the night and in the morning. At night lavishly dust your body with diatomaceous earth. Daily Change and wash bedding in Clorox and hot water. Dry on high heat.
Comment posted by T of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa on 7 August 2016 at 5:42 4185
I had persistent little red bumps on both cheeks that would not go away with all the usual over the counter creams I tried. After weeks of attempting to self treat this rash I decided to pay the dermatoligist a visit. He immediately diagnosed me with demodex mites demodicosis rosacea. He prescribed rosex gel and an oral antibiotic with the same active ingredient as the rosex. I felt positive and hopeful... at first... but the bumps just kept popping up. After doing some google research, I found out that I most probably got this disease from the ear infection I had around the time since my immune system was down. I found out that tea tree oil works well in killing them and decided to add a tea tree oil facial wash and toner to my other treatments. The bumps then started to itch after about 3 days of TTO use and they would appear to get better, then worse. I was extremely confused after about 2 weeks. I decided to try pure tea tree oil on my face, found that leaving it on my face for ten min per day seemed to burn the little buggers! Pure tea tree is very strong though so careful not to leave too long or it will burn your skin. It also dries your skin out. So 2 weeks into treatment I was bathing using tea trea oil facials and then toners, then applying pure tea tree oil for 10 min, washing off properly, then applying rosex gel and sleeping with a face full of cream. I would wake up during the night itching because that is when the mites are active, and I would go and wash off and then reapply my mixture. In the morning, I would use the facial, toner and rosex under my make up. This procedure seemed to be keeping my condition consistent but not really improving it. Very frustrated, my husband was applying vicks vapor rub for his cold, I had the idea to try that on my face. So I did and noticed HUGE improvements the very next morning. I haven't used the pure tree oil again. For the last week I have been treating with tea tree oil facial and toner and rosex gel, followed by vicks on top...every night. Itching is gone. Inflammation is gone ...and finally the bumps are almost gone. To avoid a reinfection I am going to continue doing this for the next couple of weeks, and will probably continue with vicks indefinitely. Hope this helps! PS from what I noticed, the itchiness is good...it means they are dying!! Good luck!
Comment posted by Bella of San Diego, CA, USA on 30 July 2016 at 15:18 4177
I was battling with styes for a year that never completely healed. The docs tried everything in the book and I tried everything online. Finally, I found something online that recommended tea tree oil. I added a bit of olive oil and a few drops of tea tree oil in my hand. Mixed it up, then applied it to my eyebrows and lids. My eyelids looked much better within about 8 hrs. After about 2-3 weeks washing my face with baby shampoo, using Rite Aid eye scrubs and tea tree oil in olive oil, am and pm, the doctor was amazed at the improvement in my lids. My lids are still healing up, because there was so much damage...thickening of lids, scarring, redness. But I'm almost there. It's been about 3 months healing time. The eye doctor did not have a microscope strong enough to verify this was caused by Demodex. But the tea tree oil was the only thing that worked so the doc was pretty convinced Demodex was the cause.
Comment posted by Joney of Chicago, Illinois, USA on 29 July 2016 at 1:56 4175
From personal experience I think tea tree oil kills mites. I applied some neat to my rosacea and it was helping but far too harsh and drying so I bought a rosacea cream which has tea tree oil in it. This works and my face is the total proof of that. Not even doc could believe the difference.
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