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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 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.

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!

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