Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)

Remedy: Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide H2O2. What it is, healing properties, uses, remedies and treatments, how to use it, possible reactions, warnings, and what to buy (and what not to buy).

Comment posted by Phyllis Corella of Oceanside,, NY, USA on 5 September 2017 at 18:25       4739

I have been reading this site for both my husband and my daughter who have rosacea. For most of his life my husband who is 77 used to put peroxide on his face after he shaved. For some reason he stopped about 2 or 3 years ago, and now he has rosacea. We never made the connection. He has once again started using peroxide after shaving. He does not shave every day. But after reading this forum, as soon as he wakes up this morning I am going to tell him that he should do a daily application, or perhaps 2x a day until it disappears.

Comment posted by erik w of Glendora, CA, USA on 31 August 2017 at 1:3       4733

I have had scabies 5 times now, getting reinfected every year, and I think it might be from my dog. I tried EVERYTHING to no avail....until I tried the BORAX-PEROXIDE solution. Nothing works better, and it completely cures me until I somehow get reinfected the following summer. I have found that the actual ratios are not important. I just put some hydrogen peroxide 3% in a small cup, and start adding borax until the borax will no longer dissolve. I then rub this mixture over the affected areas. I let it air dry, and about 10-20 minutes later THE ITCHING STOPS!!! Seems to take a couple of weeks to get rid of the infection, and I am cured for months. I have not tried the bath.... I know that the peroxide is used as a penetrating agent on the skin, and the borax is what actually kills the mite. I prefer the direct application. I think I am going to tell the wife that the dog stays outside from now on. Good luck to you!

Comment posted by TRISHA of Rensselaer, Indiana, USA on 18 July 2017 at 5:37       4680

A combination of peroxide and borax did the trick to get rid of my mites! I soaked in the tub up to my neck for about a half hour. The itch stopped immediately and no itching since! So thankful for this site!

Comment posted by Eva63 of Cleveland, Ohio, USA on 2 June 2017 at 2:21       4633

I've had these things for about ten years off and on. I'm 49 now, and a woman that's heavily scarred with big whitish patches and huge bumps from these pests. Why off and on? I've no idea. It just is. They hit hard for a while then slack off and come back even worse but for the past 2 years now there's not been much let up. I think I got them from a friend that had them and knew it but never told me! I'd hugged him after not seeing him in about 2 years and he was dotted with calamine lotion all over his arms, he jumped and was like oh oh I hope you dont get this! He said it was poison oak. Anyways months later I started getting what I though was extremely odd acne cores erupting on my upper arms and lower legs and my butt. Yes, my butt! So I ended up pulling them out with tweezers and then the fingernail size calipers I've used for years now. I never knew these were mites till I was researching put in the terms that got me to the demodex articles. I used the waterless hand sanitizer and it's 70% alcohol and it must have some peroxide because it caused some bumps to start having a tiny bit of whitish bubbling. I rubbed copious amounts in roughly, then watched as they struggled up out of my pores and through the goopy layer of hand sanitizer. After it quit burning I could feel the stinging itchy aggravating feel of them coming out and I could SEE the mites coming out! I'm so happy I know what these things are FINALLY!! I'm so scarred up I doubt I'll ever be in a relationship again.

Next I bought the bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Apparently, the sores I have which are between my upper and lower arms were full of mites. Within 18 hours of using the peroxide straight no water I was itching so, so, very badly! The mites for the most part fled the original sores but I've got a new sore trying to form, and yes I picked it so its probably the reason it's a new sore. I've got two areas like rashes that water and itch on the insides of both arms in the bend of them. I felt those things biting me and moving on me trying to find and burrowing into new pores. I'm stopping the HP for few days, they are multiplying as fast as I can drown them in HP and pull them out of my pores! I'll report back soon...

Comment posted by Kip of Tempe, AZ, USA on 19 February 2017 at 13:26       4480

Reply to Heather of Lafayette, to her comment on 12 October 2015:
This is the same thing that happened to me ... I had a terrible case of shingles, my immune system was down, and ended up with an over population of demodex to say the least... ARGH! Still fighting this battle, had two good weeks followed by a resurgence a couple of days ago. First I started with the tea tree oil, and washed my face with antibacterial soap. Then used TTO shampoo, body wash, etc. Went to my regular doctor who prescribed an antibiotic but she knew nothing about demodex mites so I gave her a printout of the basics, which she did read, but other than the antibiotic Rx she offered nothing. Things got worse with my eyes so went to my local clinic. The clinic doctor knew something of Demodex yay!, gave me a Rx for gentamicin sulfate eye drops which did help. My regular eye doctor further prescribed steroid eye drops, ocular eyelid scrub plus, and lubricant eye drops. He had me continue with the antibiotic my regular doctor had prescribed and the eye drops the clinic had prescribed, and recommended that I continued using the other products I had purchased: tea tree oil shampoo, demodex control shampoo and the conditioner, and baby shampoo to wash my face day and night, because this product would not damage my eyes. I was to get rid of my pillows and purchase hypoallergenic mite-resistant pillows with mite, bacteria, allergy control and bed bug proof encasement pillow protectors. In the interim, I encased my old pillows in plastic trash bags, which seemed to help a bit they have since been tossed and replaced with the new pillows. i wash my laundry in HOT water adding PineSol supposedy this kills demodex? Everything seemed to be coming along... and then a couple of days ago, BAM! They were back with a vengeance! Immediately went online to see what I might add to my already exhausting daily routine. Did I mention I am a 77 year old woman and work full time from home? Thank goodness it's from home or I would have had to take leave or quit. As the mites are either killed or driven away from an area, they are now ending up at the back of my neck and other lower areas of my body. I am going to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and rubbing alcohol and, per a recommendation of a friend, a product called Bag Balm originally intended for farmers to treat cows udders, which is basically petroleum jelly with a low-grade antibiotic. The idea is suffocating the mites and with the antibiotic, to hopefully avoid ending up with an infection from the dead mites. We'll see... All I know is this is AWFUL and the regimen is extremely exhausting. As mentioned by others, it is depressing as hell and takes everything out of you. Good luck to us all!

Comment posted by Beware Hot Hydrogen Peroxide of Vic, VIC, Australia on 24 October 2016 at 3:36       4323

Scabiesarethedevil's comment dated 24 July 2014, advocated using hot hydrogen peroxide. Beware: hot hydrogen peroxide is physically extremely dangerous. If you heat it, hydrogen peroxide breaks down giving oxygen, which can be explosive!

Comment posted by Brave of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka on 28 September 2016 at 15:37       4289

We don't have borax in Sri Lanka where I live. So I applied hydrogen peroxide directly on to my skin wherever it itched. I use cotton buds and wrap some extra cotton wool to make the buds thicker, dip them into the hydrogen peroxide and rub on the affected sections of the skin. You need to wash it off with warm water. As warm as you can stand it. The warmer the better it feels really good and helps relieve the itch pretty much the whole day. Tiny white spots would start to appear with a burning sensation. This I believe are the mites under the surface of the skin being flushed out. The white spots are not the mites. The mites are microscopic and are not visible to the naked eye. Me and my entire family were finally able to get rid of it. We all had it quite bad the first time. After that experience, even if any of us feel a subtle itch anywhere on our body we would rub hydrogen peroxide on it. Sometime after persistently rubbing it on the itch for 2-3 mins the white spots would start to appear. That's how we know it's back. We simply repeat this process about twice a day until is starts to scab. Once it starts to scab it simple dries and peels off like a regular scab. It seems to originate from the feet. I think they feed off the dead skin cells, so it's important to exfoliate your feet often. I clean my feet and legs upto just above my ankles with hydrogen peroxide regularly. Once these mites are on your feet, they can easily spread to other parts of your body when you get into your clothes because your underwear and pants rub against your feet when you put them on. I believe this is how the legs and butt get affected. Also remember that the hydrogen peroxide applied directly on the skin will cause it to get really dry and therefore itchy. So use some moisturizing lotion to keep that section of the skin from getting dry. I hope this helps. The first time I got it, non of the supposedly best 2 skin specialists were able to diagnose it. After several months of suffering and reading a lot on the Net is when I eventually self diagnosed and treated it successfully. Once you beat it completely, always have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide handy at home. If ever you feel even a slight itch down the road later on, don't take any chances. Simply rub it in to make sure it's not back. If the white spots don't show up, at least you can chill knowing it's not back.

Comment posted by Buggy Sandra of Anderson, California, USA on 25 September 2016 at 1:25       4278

I used 3% peroxide, 5% white vinegar and 70% alcohol (not the higher percentage which evaporates too quickly to be an effective disinfectant) yet I still have scabies. No dogs or cats, took carpet out of the house,vacuumed with a sealed system vacuum, changed filters on air conditioning window units, dehumidifiers and hepa filters EVERY day, floors, wooden furniture and walls washed with borax and bleach. Even spread diatomaous earth throughout the house and outside, put some one me but I am allergic to it. Have five sets of clothes. Each in a different sealed bag. Wash clothes at sanitary wash cycle with borax then into hot dryer for 70 minutes. Then into their sealed bags where they will sit for 5 days before use. Throw what I am going to wear into hot dryer for 30 minutes. Neem oil, clove oil, tea tree oil, garlic extract and tea tree oil were very effective at draining my bank account, did provide itch relief but did not kill the scabies. Careful using bleach, it can ruin your floors, can trigger allergic responses like asthema, destroys your wooden furniture and will disolve your clothes. Never use undiluted bleach. In my home everythimg is disinfected every day or immediately after use. That includes shoes, clothing, towels, hair brush, dishes, chair or floor depending where I am sitting. Out all non essentials into storage. It is week three of treatment and better but they are still there.

Comment posted by Kelly Steiner of Las vegas, NV, USA on 31 July 2016 at 10:27       4179

Yes the peroxide and borax soaks are itch-relieving. I know this sounds crazy but I have been dealing with scabies for over 6 years now. The first time I got it, it was a flared-out scaly rash. But because the people in my household didn't want to treat themselves accordingly I got it a second time. Everybody thought that it was in my head so I just ignored it and assumed that they were right and that I was just traumatized. Now years down the road I found these borax and peroxide soaks. I got out of a soak one day and looked at my back and that's when it hit me that it is still all over me really bad but the borax and peroxide soak is what made the rash visible. I have been misdiagnosed because my symptoms aren't easy to see because of the crusted stages of scabies and doctors don't know about it. Permethrin cream sucks I've done it numerous numerous times and ivermectin also.

Comment posted by Kyzar of Death valley, LA, USA on 5 April 2016 at 16:54       3989

I can attest that this method works. This is the most awful thing to have and the continuous use of soaking in a tub of hydrogen peroxide and borax salt twice a day, and continuously spraying peroxide on your body throughout the day really ridded my body of what seemed a never ending hell. Rubbing alcohol really helps when itching after the pesky things are dead and they are still in your skin.

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