Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Comment posted by Isles Grange of Auckland City, Auckland, New Zealand on 12 August 2017 at 12:39 4705
I'm gluten intolerant and eat 100% wheat-free. I still have an overpopulation of demodex after trying tea tree oil galore for over 10 years, tea tree oil wipes, mustard (don't try this it burns skin), permethrin cream, crotamiton cream, jasmine oil, oregano oil, olive oil, vitamin e cream, parsley tablets, sulfur tablets, sulfur cream, olive leaf tablets, olive leaf cream, bepanthen cream, crusaders cream, black tea bags, coffee, garlic oil, castor oil, basil oil, fresh basil pesto, lavender oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil cream, tea tree oil soap, baby shampoo, selsun blue shampoo, antiseptic wipes, proactive soap, dettol hand wash etc etc etc. I'm still looking for something that works without spending hunreds and hundreds of dollars.
Comment posted by Poppi smom of Virginia Beach, VA, USA on 22 July 2017 at 2:52 4688
I have had these horrible mites for years probably but they just got worse and worse. Two dermatologists, one eye doc and a family doc cannot agree on it. I have used antifungal meds, essential oils, sea buck thorn oil, Ivermectin cream, antibiotic lotion, antibiotic pills and I was still miserable with them. Lately I have been using Cerave cream during the day, heavy coating. I see them float up into this. At night I use Nivea cream in the little metal pots on most of my skin areas with a light coating of Aquaphor ointment on my lips and corners of my mouth where they love to hide! This and cleaning up my diet has helped more than any doctors prescriptions! I probably have learned to live with these critters more now that I understand everyone has them, just not a mother lode like I had.
Comment posted by AnaBanana of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on 15 June 2017 at 5:9 4645
I knew a young man from Europe who kept hiding his hands, when I inquired through his interpeter, I implored him to show me his shame was hands just covered in warts, poor thing! We went to the drug store and got thick white cotton gloves, 2 bottles organic cold pressed castor oil. I explained when home to clean hard surfaces with vineger, rub in castor oil, put gloves on, reapply at night, for at least 6 weeks. After 1 month he showed up so excited, nearly all gone, he had suffered for years. I did encourage him to continue 1 more month to be sure to get all the root of the wart.
I also use castor oil on my face and eyes. Drop clean organic castor oil into my eyes to kill Demodex mites. I tear for a couple days because of mite die off. I have used it on my face, ears, nose, body, mixed with eucalyptus oil for face and brows. It really gets red, they hate it, but after a few days, much cleaner, better, pores smaller.
Comment posted by Rob M of Melbourne, Vic, Aus on 12 June 2017 at 21:14 4643
I had red eyelids and was losing my hair on eyelids and around eyes. Add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. Use full strength organic castor oil on your eyelids and eyelashes, apply with a cotton tip or a clean finger. It kills mites is not harsh. It doesn't sting and doesn't harm your eyes. Put it on in the evening, re-apply before going to bed. You can also use castor oil on your face and eyebrows.
Comment posted by Lin B. of Mesa, Arizona, USA on 12 June 2017 at 9:47 4642
I thought I was allergic to everything I ate. We had gotten the flu in November of 2016 and it lasted into 2017. Obviously our immune systems were very low and this is what I now know caused us to be infested with the demodex mites. I had dry eye for years and was being treated for it but still the skin breakouts continued. Redness, swelling, blurry vision etc. Well, when I saw these mites on youtube, I just about went crazy and we stared to research this issue. We found TTO and alcohol mixed with distilled water was something to use daily. I bought a huge bottle and put it in our shampoo. Washed the sheets and towels often and used Borax. After reading all the posts here, we will now be more aggressive with the Borax and HP solution. We are better and the waxy eyelids are going away and our eyes feel great when we use Boric Acid washes several times a day. Yes, this is an ongoing issue since they are on us all but they can be controlled. It is necessary to keep a pH in the area of 6-7 and stay away from refined foods, sodas, greasy foods, caffeine, hot drinks and all the things that the mites love to feast on during the day when they are not laying eggs. The cycle is 15-20 days and so we think that a cure will take 3-6 months. It isn't possible to get totally rid of them but they can be less of an issue. Once the rosacea goes away and the swelling isn't bad, life gets better. For those of you who are struggling with this, as many are, just keep up the treatment that works for you. I hope that what I have shared has been helpful.
Comment posted by All over my body of Gold Coast , QLD, Australia on 10 June 2017 at 19:4 4641
I put 100% tea tree oil over my whole body because I read that scientists said that it takes 4 minutes to kill demodex mites with 100% tree tree oil. DO NOT DO THIS! I got intoxicated from covering my entire body in 100% tea tree oil every inch except around my eyes. I started to feel like dancing I was in the shower and I actually did I was feeling really strange but good strange. I didn't realise that the TTO was poisoning me and causing me to have an intoxication-like experience. After a while I decided to wash it off and when I started to wash it off I knew I was in trouble and that I had to some extent poisoned myself. I alerted family members and washed it off with soap including all over my scalp. I'm just laying down now writing this so that no one makes the same mistake that I made as it could potentially really cause serious damage or kill someone. I use 100% tea tree oil on my face which is where I suffer with the burning sensation which is triggered by almost all foods, and was just fed up with this and thought while I was in the shower doing my scalp that I'd do my whole body, big mistake! I believe it works but I won't be doing my whole body at once again, just in sections. Stay safe please don't use it all over your body at once 100% undiluted like it did. Peace and love.
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!
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