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 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.

Comment posted by Freed of Independence, MO, USA on 21 March 2016 at 21:37       3960

I was told for a long time that my problem was eczema on my face. It started around my nose, then the corners of my mouth months later, then years later around my entire upper and bottom lip skin area. I'd have dry, itchy skin all day then it would be oily at night. I'd wake up with crusted stiff and what I thought were bloody scratch marks from me scratching in my sleep. One winter week it became really bad staying at a friends where burning wood was used for heat. It was all over my face, eyelids, and my neck. I assumed that my skin was overly dry and my neck irritated from wearing a scarf to keep warm in the cold house. After going back home, I still had the problem a week later. Usually with eczema I would have had it cleared up with eucerin, humidifier, etc. But it was still dry and really itchy. By the 7th day I felt like my skin was crawling. Not just my face but my chest, back, and a couple days later my shins. I couldn't take it because it was so itchy all day and crawling at night. It was impossible to sleep feeling like I was being eaten alive. So I went to the ER and the Dr. diagnosed me with Head and Body Mites. I was given a prescription for Permythian and a general information print out of what the mites were etc. I used the medicine as directed with some but little relief. My face was still very bothersome. I looked online for every possible parasite that I could possibly have. I thought maybe it was pinworms and tried the OTC medicine for those. A little more relief with that but not for more than a night and it only stopped the itch not the crawling sensation. I happened to meet a geriatric nurse that I confided in about the problem I'd been having now for a month since seeing the ER Dr. She knew exactly what it was and what I needed to do. She said it was mites. Didn't specify any particular type just called it mites. She told me the only way to get rid of them was to smother them by using hydrogen peroxide. Just hydrogen peroxide. Nothing else. She said the areas I thought to be where I had scratched in my sleep were burrows from them feeding at night and that's why it itched in the day. Ew! So I got some 0.88 hydrogen peroxide at the nearest Walmart and used it head to toe. Just poured it on my head, saturated my hair, face, neck, all my skin down to my toes. Woke up in the morning and all was clear except the really bad original area around my nose and mouth. Used the peroxide again that morning and anytime during the day that I began to feel itchy or crawling. Within two days it's completely gone! It was so simple! My skin is smooth, soft, no discoloration, and free of what she said to be mites. Thank God for her! I swear some nurses really are better than Drs!

Comment posted by Eve of Carson City, NV, USA on 4 February 2016 at 16:48       3889

I have suffered from these things since 2011. I have spent thousands of dollars to no avail. This is what I have found to help a little. First, these things are in your home and they usually live closer to the floors so vacuum real often and I use my carpet cleaner and use 1 cup of ammonia in each tank of cleaner and HOT! Second I have found that using 3 Hydrogen Peroxide, undiluted and put a spray head on the bottle and spray from ceiling, walls, bedding, pillows, clothing, carpets, wall boards, anything don t spray on your furniture because of the finishes. I do this about 30 mins before I go to bed. Spray every room and if you can close each room off, more the better, including bathroom. I also use ammonia in the same manner but I do dilute it 1 cup of ammonia to 2.5-3 cups of water and use that as a spray. For the body I have used powered mustard and put a tsp in shampoo and body wash. You have to use this daily and gradually you will feel the mites fewer and fewer biting you. I have had them in my eyelashes, ears, nose, mouth and it has been a 24/7 battle. I also use 70% rubbing alcohol and use it as a spray. I keep a bottle of TTO diluted 50/50 with a carrier oil, used several oils and they all seem to work about the same although coconut has a lot of other things in it that might be best. I smear this on my face and scalp at night I use the cheapest body wash, shampoo from Dollar Tree or 99cent stores with the TTO. It was so bad that I had to use the TTO treatment on my eyelids about 6- 8 times a day. I found that if I wash my face, eyes, eyebrows with antibacterial soap that works about as good, I even use rubbing alcohol on a Qtip on the edges of my eyelids, and you certainly feel those things kicking, they buried their heads in the follicles and their butts are up in the air and it feels like little electric currents when the alcohol hits them. This is very dangerous because you can damage the cornea of the eye so unless a dr shows you how to do it, be very careful but it works quicker than the TTO application. I also use saline solution to wash my eye out, the OTC is too expensive for the amount I have had to use so I make my own: boil 2 cups of water with 1.5 tsp of salt, be sure the salt is dissolved well. I was buying as many as 5-8 bottles of this stuff a week so saved the containers and use them to use the home made solution in. Also, when finishing my shower I spray my body with the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide while my body is still damp. It will sting but that is because it is killing the mites and it stops the itching. You may have some pimples for a few days but if you keep spraying the HP will dry them up. The Hydrogen Peroxide has been my helper, plus the powered mustard. I also put 1 tsp of it in body lotion and when they bite or itch at night I will dab a bit on the spot. The dry mustard is 1 heaping tsp of dry mustard with just enough water to make a paste, let it set 10 mins to activate and then put it in your shampoo or body wash so I usually use at least 2 tsp of it to make enough paste for both hair and body. Hope this is some help, each person reacts so differently from you or me, just don t give in to it!

Comment posted by Billy Waters of Newark, Herts, United Kingdom on 15 December 2015 at 11:55       3770

Hydrogen peroxide 6% used as a skin cleanser is a very effective way to rid yourself of Demodex folliculorum Rosacea, using a thumb sized piece of soaked cotton wool... be diligent and rub it into the skin for 4 weeks 2x a day. Be careful around facial hair as it will bleach the hair. I wasn't concerned about the bleaching of my hair, I just wanted to be rid of it I use it 1x or 2x a month whenever I feel an itching or see a red spot. Ive been free from Rosacea for 18 months now I eat and drink whatever I like... its a no brainer people ...just do it

Comment posted by Elizabeth of Stigler, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, USA on 17 October 2015 at 23:38       3690

I have had scabies for 3 weeks now and they are driving me crazy. Last night I took a nice hot bath with 2 cups borax n 1 cup hydrogen peroxide n soaked for 15 minutes n got out dryer off n drained my water out got dressed in my bed clothes n went back to the bath tub n there was alot of black spots so I poured water in there to clean the tub...I had total relief from the biting n itching. Going to do this everyday til they are all gone...Thank you for your post it had helped me so much..God Bless.

Comment posted by Heather of Lafayette , LA, USA on 12 October 2015 at 15:54       3683

I am a 44 year old female that had a sudden outbreak of tiny pustules around my nose and mouth. As it got worse it moved to my forehead. By the second month it just like acne but itched at times or hurt at times in specific areas. I've never had acne. Red flag to any dermatologist right there. I went through 3 dermatologists and a PA with these various explanations (instead of I don't know cb that's not in a doctor's vocabulary): 1) adult onset acne in the T zone which is normal for women my age 2) next I saw a PA who was going to treat the acne with different meds 3) next was Rosacea 4) then an allergic reaction to food! EVERY SINGLE PERSON I SAW I ASKED TO CULTURE IT. Not one did.
Six months from the start, I finally get into to see not only a dr with sense but her nurse. The nurse looks over my chart and said immediately "she'll probably want to do a scraping for Demodex". She did. It was. Things that have been highly successful (and believe me, I think I tried everything):
TEA TREE OIL. I put it in everything! My shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser and moisturizer. YES, MOISTURIZE!
And EXFOLIATE dead skin gently with a bath rag and baking soda or just the rag. All but the last doctor told me not to exfoliate. The last said do it gently. When I read up more and more on the life cycles of the mites I understood more. It has made me very compliant and dedicated to my regiment.
I CHANGE my towel and facial rag daily and wash in HOT water and VINEGAR or bleach. My washer and dryer have a sanitize option and I use it. The only thing I like about them. LOL ADD BLEACH to bath water. And I'd rather use "Mother Earth" but that must be what kept them from spreading, as I look back. Bleach was more effective.
SULFUR They hate it! I have a facial cleanse and leave it on overnight with better results. Then I remembered I had an old sulfur mask. After cleansing and gently exfoliating, I would apply the mask and LEAVE IT ON OVERNIGHT. MUCH GREATER SUCCESS. The mask is 6% sulfur- and I added Tea Tree of course. You can find sulfur products on Amazon.
As my face started getting better THEY STARTED MIGRATING to the back of my hairline (neck) and a few on the front of my neck! Sorry men, you can skip this step. A vinegar and Tea Tree Oil DOUCHE. Heavy on the Tea Tree I don't count drops!
PEROXIDE. I was discussing the benefits of peroxide to my 7 year old which reminded me that I had not tried that yet. It literally had to be the only thing. So, I cleansed, exfoliated, punctured a few new pustules and on went the peroxide. Let it dry alone and did it again. Then the sulfur mask to sleep in. I believe the sulfur is good anyway but the mask probably suffocates them and inhibits their nighttime activities.
For clarification, because I'm not sure how much yeast plays a role in the mites, I DID do the douche AND THE PEROXIDE for the first time in one night. (I had never tried peroxide at all prior)
THE NEXT MORNING I SAW 90% improvement it seemed. Maybe 80. But, I usually don't even go out its so bad.
I ALSO put the peroxide on the back of my lower hairline and they are going away as well. ...I've tried facial peels, other masks, every other essential oil you can name. I FINALLY HAVE HOPE AFTER A SIX MONTH BATTLE. I hope this will help someone else. I literally have lost self confidence over this and been depressed. My face now looks like a scarred war zone.
I will continue this regiment for six months or until I test clear at least TWICE because of their little breeding cycles....
?Meanwhile, I'm going to look up more on the role yeast plays on this. Has anyone else researched it?
?Also, are we truly sure that we can't get these mites from our dogs? (I know this is not mange but there are so many different species. ?
It took me days after my diagnosis to recall that for about a month some win there my scalp was itching so bad at night I would kid with my husband and say I had lice. I made him check all the time - nothing. Maybe the Clorox baths, hair dye, who knows but it stopped.
LASTLY, as I was reading I came upon an article that said people with weakened immune systems were most likely to get this. And it happened RIGHT AFTER I GOT OVER A SHINGLES OUTBREAK! Weird! Now all the pieces are fitting together.

Comment posted by Lucy of Melbourne, VIC, Australia on 23 September 2015 at 20:13       3651

In reply to Taylor of Columbus: Have you checked for Candida? Rosacea and very itchy ears are one of the symptoms, you can cure Candida through a strict diet and it is like dealing with these problems from the root, if Candida the case. Good luck!

Comment posted by Scabiesarethedevil of Fort smith, Ar, USA on 24 July 2014 at 6:16       2729

I was having mites really badly in the webbing of my fingers so I ruffed up as many of the spots i could see to open up the skin a little and I put my hands in a bowl of really hot Hydrogen Peroxide. It just so happened to come out of my car which was hot, but i'd recommend heating it up. Seemed to do the job well, I could actually see the mites in the bowl afterwards

Comment posted by Taylor of Columbus, OH, USA on 10 March 2014 at 11:52       2383

I have had mild rosacea for several years, and very, very itchy ears. I've had a lot of life stress over the past few years, and right now am in one of the most stressful jobs I've ever had. I have developed Adrenal Fatigue from the stress and my immune system is much lower than it has been before. The rosacea has been spreading over my cheeks and leaving pustules and broken veins behind. I also have had a lot of cysts in my inner thighs which I now believe are related to this disease, tiny bumps on my thighs and bottom. Itchy scalp. I tried Finecea and Azaelic Acid with some success, but eventually it seemed to lose effectiveness. I was researching 'Natural cures for rosacea' and came across information about using peroxide mixed with a tiny bit of borax, also honey and vinegar 'cures' I started using the vinegar and saw a slight improvement, but I saw an even more dramatic improvement with the peroxide and borax. I made a solution and have been using it as a toner on my face. I also have been using it twice a day on a cotton swab in my ears and eyebrows. It is the first time my ears have been itch free in years. Interestingly, the first night I swabbed my ears I was siting at my computer later and felt a sharp 'bite' on the edge of my ear. I believe one of the mites had crawled out looking for a more hospitable place. My scalp has gotten itchier as well. I think they are migrating from my face to other areas. I noticed cylindrical dandruff. I started using the peroxide / borax on other areas of my body, too. Then I ran across this forum and read about the tea tree oil therapy. I immediately ordered some tea tree oil and castile liquid soap. I am mixing a few drops of the tea tree oil into the soap and scrubbing my body. My itchy areas, and redness around my groin and thighs has almost completely vanished in just a few days. I have been putting it also into my shampoo and conditioner and letting the shampoo sit on my head for awhile. I made an almond oil, lavender oil, vitamin E and tea tree oil for my face. I plan to mix a greater quantity and begin using this as a moisturizer on my body. I still feel 'itchies' but I think it's just the mites looking for more hospitable territory. Eventually, after about 6 weeks, I plan to use vinegar more on my skin and continue the tea tree oil, but I will still hit it with hydrogen peroxide and borax every few days. I'm not sure you can ever completely be free of these mites, but I believe controlling them is very possible. Thank God I have found these forums. I am so blessed to have found a natural cure.

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