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 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.

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.

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