Last Modified on Jul 22, 2014
A number of treatment options for mite infestation have been identified, ranging from simple skin treatments to daily supplements and other more contemporary methods. The most effective treatments involve curing the underlying issue causing infestation. Topical application of natural detoxifying agents is generally the most effective.
What Is Mite Infestation?
Several different types of mites are naturally present on the skin in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the skin. For most individuals, mites cause no symptoms; however, several conditions can cause a dramatic increase in the number of mites and result in poor health.
The main causes of mite infestation appear to be immune disorder, stress and additional illness. Symptoms of infestation include rosacea, inflammation, large pores, redness, thinning of the hair and enlarged pores.
Natural Remedies for Parasites of the Skin
Treatments for mite infestation are two-fold, aimed at eradicating the issue and soothing the affected skin. Generally speaking, topical applications of natural agents are most effective for treating mites as these options eliminate the cause of mites and cleanse the skin. Three common remedies include tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and borax.
Tea Tree Oil
An extract from a plant native to Australia, tea tree oil is effective as both a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment. As such, this important agent eliminates mites and treats the other issues of the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural tonic full of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, the tonic contains acids, mineral salts and amino acids. These components work to eradicate mites and support the overall health of the skin.
Borax works in two ways for treating mites – eliminating the parasites on the skin and eradicating them from the home. A natural mineral, borax is a particularly effective cleaning agent. Used in small doses, borax cleanses the skin and can be used as a house cleaner to eliminate mites.
While some mites are naturally occurring on the skin and hair, an onslaught of the parasites causes skin irritation, inflammation and other skin disorders. Natural treatments work to treat the underlying issue causing mites as well as the disorders of the skin.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Biting and Crawling Mites
- Bleach in Bath Water
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Borax, Tea Tree Oil, H2O2, Vitamin E
- Brewer's Yeast
- Coconut Oil, Tomato Juice
- Colloidal Silver and Coconut Oil
- Denatured Alcohol
- Diagnosing Mites
- Diatomaceous Earth, Peppermint and Oregano Oils
- Disinfectant, Hair Dryer
- Dry Mustard
- Essential Oils
- General Feedback
- Hair Dryer
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Ionic Silver and Vaseline
- Jan's Recipe
- Lamp Oil, Borax
- Lemon Juice in Shampoo
- Lemon Oil
- Listerine, Eliminate Sugar
- Mite Infestation Bath Remedies
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Powder
- Neem Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Preventing Reinfestation of Mites
- Quassia Wood Chips
- Remedies Needed
- Skin Scraping Test
- Steam and Vacuum
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Walking Dandruff Remedies
- Yogurt With Cinnamon
05/19/2014: Guisela from Arizona, US: "My body feels likes I have mites crawling, I was diagnosed with demodex on my scalp and eyelids. My scalp mostly burns and itches very little. I have been doing tea tree washings without much change. Would like to try ACV + hydrogen peroxide.? What are the amounts for the mixture? Want to see if it works for my scalp discomfort and hair loss. Thanks Ted!"Replies
05/22/2014: Cheekio from Ca replies: "Try going to the drugstore and finding/buying shampoo that has benzyl benzoate. I use Bed Head shampoo that has this ingredient listed in the back. It's usually found in expensive shampoos. If you can't find it, then order it from amazon. Bed Head oatmeal & honey scent has it, but not all bed head shampoos have this ingredient so make sure to read the back label and it has to have those exact words, benzyl benzoate. It's a blue bottle. When you get it, get in the shower and shampoo and lather your hair, face and body really well and leave it on for 5 minutes or longer, then rinse and do it a second time. Shampoo your dogs with it too, the same way. Wash your clothes with Tide original powder detergent. Air out your house and keep everything very dry. Benzyl Benzoate is an antimicrobial and used for scabies and mite infestations. Wash all bedding and laundry with Tide original power laundry detergent. Keep everything very dry."
05/29/2014: Sharon from Tampa replies: "If you want to know if you have mites, my mom discovered that using the skin so soft bug spray with picaridin cases them to pop out in aboout 2-3 minutes, and they don't seem to move for hours after. It also caused the nymph form to dig out rather rapidly as well. She was just trying to prevent infestion while mowing her yard. She had to shower after about 30 min to rinse all the little greyish specks off her."
[YEA] 06/28/2009: Mel from Clermont, FL: "Demodex mites
I had written before about my ordeal with these terrible bugs. About 3 months ago I noticed that there was some kind of bug getting under my skin. I somehow ended up on this site. I read every posting and tried everything. I mean everything! The first time I used cocunut oil, I saw the bugs shed off my skin, however they did not die. I soaked in borax and baking soda, proxide, ACV, you name it I did it. I bombed my house many times, but they would not go away. It was better, but not gone.
I started to drink ACV, and I saw a great improvemenet. I have been doing this daily 2 to 3 times a day. I take at least 3 tsps a day. Well I am happy to say, they are almost gone.
I spent over $3,000.00 on medicine, which I knew was very poisenous, but I was desperate. I have learned a lot since. Other than the ACV, I washed everything almost daily in hot hot water. Covered matress and pillows with plastic. I can finally feel like I can be at home and feel much better....hey and on top of all, I seem to be loosing lots of weight too. Good luck to you and hope this helps.
[YEA] 08/29/2010: Roger from Shady Point, Ok replies: "I tried most everything on this web site and it all helped but I was still overwhelmed by these mites. Not knowing what to do I prayed and that same day I stumbled across an ion air purifier. It zaps mold, bacteria and mites and it worked immediately. I don't know about other brands but this one is good for 3500 sq ft and problem solve. I wanted to share this only to help. Good luck and GOD bless."
11/19/2010: Kathy from Santa Fe, Nm replies: "Where did you find the ion air purifier (for zapping dust mites)? There are so many out there and most do not produce all that many negative ions and also produce ozone, which I don't like. Any more information would be much appreciated, including the cost. Thanks."
02/16/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "I tried everything too. Try spraying Lysol disinfectant spray around the house. Put peppermint oil drops on cotton balls around the house. Wash pillows in hot water with pillowcases and dry, dry, dry going at least through 3 drying cycles. Bathe in peppermint and coconut soap (mix the two). Wash hair in coconut shampoo with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Then shampoo again in tea tree oil shampoo. Use tea tree mint conditioner with a few drops of clove oil mixed in (to kill the larvae). Now, that being said, everyone has these mites and they only get out of hand when your immune system is down or something worse is going on. Not sure if we should be killing larvae as they control excess sebum. But, I did this anyway. Let hair dry on its own, only blow dry when barely damp. Wash face with peppermint soap too, rinsing a few times with cold water to close pores. Borax in the washer, vinegar rinse is good. Take probiotics and B & C vitamins, along with a multi. Zinc is helpful. Use ponds cold cream at night and bacitracin ointment during the day on skin where bites are present. I am going to try mineral oil in the ears and nose (if it persists). No itching or biting today!"
02/19/2013: Kate from Dallas, Texas replies: "Was the mineral oil in the ears and nose effective? What quantity did you use in your ears and nose and for how long please? Thanks!"
05/01/2013: Mary from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I tried mineral oil on my eyelashes and it definitely did work!
Here's what has worked the best for me, after 6 months of trial and error, I'm 95% rid of these things! . Keep your place as cool, dry, and clean as possible. Get a dehumidifier and place it near the air vent uptake, since heat and humidity play a huge role in hatching new eggs. I spray my apartment and car down with a cedar oil spray at least every 3 days, because this hinders the reproduction process. A couple times a day I spray my apartment down with an enzyme based cleaner (which is cheaper) or an orange based cleaner (cheapest). Pay special attention to kitchen and bathrooms- they seem attracted to water and heat. Include light fixtures in items sprayed down, and wipe off electronics too. Showering twice a day is best; use a gentle soap with essential oil and exfoliate with a loofa glove. Shampoo hair, adding essential oils such as peppermint or clove to the shampoo. 5-10 drops should do the trick. Dry your hair immediately. Clothes have posed the biggest problem- I've thrown a lot of stuff out and replaced them with clearance items from stores ending in "Mart". Thin, synthetic materials are best to prevent the bugs from infesting the items. Launder with peppermint oil added to soap (kills larva), and boric acid, and dry thoroughly- very important! Keep clean clothes in bags and put cotton balls drenched with peppermint inside the bags. You can do this with dirty clothes, too. Replace sheets with polyester and wrap mattresses and pillows in water proof encasements. Never wear anything twice without washing. Consider getting a dry steamer for carpets or problem clothes. You can also microwave or iron problem clothes. For bad flare ups, I apply Kerosene directly to my skin for 30 mins before showering. This kills them when nothing else will. Baths never did anything for me, but tanning beds have helped- seems to kill anything under that top layer of skin. I also vacuumed and sprayed my car frequently. I applied fly traps to windows and the backs of computers. Finally, I also reduced dairy from my diet by about 80%, and take colloidal silver, omega-3, and digestive supplements daily."
09/08/2013: Andra from Arkansas replies: "Thanks to Mel our stories seem to mirror each other. I spent about $2500.00 fighting mites. I took his advice about drinking apple cider vinegar and in 3 days I have hope again. I like other people have became a loner and am also wearing clearance items from stores that end in Mart. Everything threw out. I became so desperate I threw out my bed, frame and all and now sleep on an air mattress. I also swear by borax and epsom salt. I also used 91% alcohol. This website truly saved my life and my sanity! Thank you."
10/06/2013: Rudeclouds from Washington replies: "I did the acv, but by itself it was only bringing some relief for me, I started using the teatree in olive oil for my showers, still only some relief, after reading over and over to dry my clothes in hot setting, I decided to dry my self the same, with my hair dryer.. It burnes some so I have to keep moving it around, but my skin is mostly healed, mostly only my legs are left, but my torso and back are almost clear, when I first started it burned and itched like the acv, but once it started to heal, the itched was not so bad! My skin gets pink from the heat, and very dry :( but I follow with coconut and olive oil with some tea tree in it. hope this helps someone."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/04/2009: Camron from Elizabethtown, Ky: "I used ACV to try and cure candida, i'm not really sure if i have a candida problem but after taking any amount, even 1 teaspoon in water, my face will turn red and feel warm. Mainly my cheeks. Is this a reaction between candida and the ACV?"Replies
04/20/2009: Jane from Kanata, Ontario, Canada replies: "It's not Candida, it's probably the Human Demodex:
It sounds like you have a mild case of rosacea. Try Ted's recipe of 50/50 of Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide to kill the human demodex mites. We all have these mites but those who naturally have oilier skin seem to be an ideal host for this parasite.
I have used the following routine which cleared up rosacea in less than a week. My face was full of blackheads, whiteheads, puspules, after I had a stressful minor accident or around PMS. My face felt like I had a sunburn with minor itching, especially on my cheeks. I've always had flare ups on my T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) but noticed blackheads spreading on my cheeks. Benzoyl Peroxide did not help - it caused more flaky skin - dry and oily skin at the same time. Also, my eyes felt like there was always something in it - like a eyelash or grit. One eye was puffy especially in the morning.
My doctor prescribed Topical Metronidazole and to wash with a mild beauty bar soap. Also to wear sunscreen daily.
Day 1: Evening at Bedtime: Topical Metronidazole (0.75%) all over the face including eyebrows and eye lashes, and eye lids. Effect: Felt tingling for less than 5 minutes then nothing. Slept a very deep and restful sleep.
Morning Day 2: Red flushing of cheeks gone. Washed face with mild beauty bar, as directed by my doctor. Skin felt and looked better than the day before. Applied Topical Metronidazole all over. Applied a light mineral powder for makeup coverage.
Evening Day 2: By dinnertime, face was quite an unpleasant greasy feeling but the redness was subsiding but new pimples appeared but looked like they were healing except for one. According to the lifecycle of the human demodex mite, this was normal - the immune system is trying to fight the mite as the mite is dying off in large quantities. That evening, washed face just with the beauty bar twice in a couple of hours. Then applied the Topical Metronidazole at bedtime. No tingling on cheeks but, boy, the eyebrows, eyelashes, and eye lids felt like things were hopping! Washed face again with beauty bar and reapplied Topical Metronidazole with minor tingling (less than before so it was washed off).
Morning Day 3: Washed face with beauty bar. Applied Topical Metronidazole. Found Ted's recommendation of 50/50 borax and hydrogen peroxide. Washed face with this mixture - cupped hand with the borax and poured H2O2 on it and scrubbed face. Let stand for about 5-10 minutes. Wow! My face felt quite clean and refreshed. Small red dots are disappearing. Large pores are shrinking. Oil on pores appears more normal. Minimized blackheads (extracted some)
Evening Day 3: Washed face with Ted's 50/50 Borax & H2O2. Then followed by the moisturizing beauty bar restoring pH level. Applied Topical Metronidazole at bedtime, again, very active around the eyebrows, eyelids, and eyelashes. Do not put directly in the eye - just a light film all over the eye area -
Morning Day 4: Had a warm, soak bath with water and 1/2cup borax, 1/2cup H2O2. Bathed and soaked head too. Washed hair with Sensitve Skin Shampoo (containing sulphur - must be active ingredient). Rinsed. Skin is very soft and subtle.
Now the routine is this:
Morning - Wash with 50/50 Borax & H2O2 then follow with the beauty bar soap. Apply sunscreen & light coverup makeup, if required. Wear a hat on sunny days.
Evening - Wash with 50/50 Borax & H2O2 then follow with the beauty bar soap. Apply Topical Metronidazole at bedtime.
Weekly - Bathe in borax & H202 in tub.
Diet - I didn't change diet. It's a high fiber diet following the Canada's Food Guide. One cup of coffee, water, green tea and occassionally a carbonated mineral water. Occasional glass of red wine or one beer - no more than that at mealtime. Everyday multivitamin. Looking into Apple Cider Vinegar to improve digestion and pH balance.
Exercise - at minimum 30 minutes daily.
Laundry - wash loads with Borax and laundry soap with 1/2 cup of vinegar scented with lavendar oil as the fabric softener. Wash bed linens once or twice weekly. Change pillowcase daily. Change facecloth daily and body towel every other day.
I've found that Ted's Solution expediated the process with amazing results along side with what my doctor prescribed me.
Also, my home, & car environment:
1) I've always used Borax in my laundry routine, mostly for the whites & underwear load. Will definitely use it for all loads especially bed linens, towels, etc.
2) Washing the bathroom with borax with great results compared to filmy, cholrine-based products (nicer on your hands, for the sensitive skin type!)
3) Why stop at the bathroom, the kitchen looks and feels fantastic!
4) Trying dusting with a microcloth with diluted borax and water I use 15mL borax+1L water. Vacuum often (at least 1-3 times a week).
5) No residue on hardwood floors.
6) Borax and hot water in spray bottle - lightly spraying the mattresses, leather sofa, carpets,etc. Test small inconspicuous area first.
7) Borax is a great cleaning agent for the car interior.
8) Change the furnace air filter monthly. Use a mattress cover on every bed.
9) Get rid of clutter - collects too much dust, especially where you sleep - don't forget the kids rooms too. Put things in labelled boxes and get them out when you want to use them. Otherwise, give away. Speeds up the cleaning routine and is motivating!
10) Last, but most importantly, wash the telephone, computer, light switches, etc. where we share each other's space.
I feel like I have more energy. The general malaise is disappearing (even though I was trying to take care of myself and family with good food & exercise. Everyone else was benefiting except for me). Since I'm getting my sleep, I noticed a decrease in stress (or my ability to cope). Less stress is less havoc on my digestive system. General well-being is improving.
Keep up with this routine as the Human Demodex mite life cycle lasts quite awhile until you feel it's in check. The Human Demodex mite is passed on and is normal (just like dust mites) so please don't obsess, just be informed that this microns have a lifecycle and we just have to keep things in check. The website, ____ was helpful in viewing photos of the gradual process that some people may experience as well as the life cycle of the human demodex mite.
Topical Metronidazole (Prescription 60mg for $36 CDN)
Beauty Bar - less than $2 each, package sizes vary
Borax $4-5 a box (grocery or pharmacy store)
Hydrogen Peroxide $1 at dollar store or pharmacy
Sensitive Skin Bubble Bath & Shampoo, $1 at dollar store
Wow - for around $50 and some cleaning muscle, this acne and rosacea causing mite called the human demodex can be controlled and minimized to minimize outbreaks. Thank you Ted for posting the 50/50 Borax/Hydrogen Peroxide Solution!
I wish it works well for you! Good Luck!"
04/29/2009: Trish from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Thanks so much - this info is working for me!"
04/10/2011: Lindsey from Fort Lauderdake, Florida replies: "I also have oily skin that is prone to breakouts. I have had great results clearing out blackheads and shrinking large pores by applying a paste of baking soda and water after cleansing my face at night. Just use it as you would a face scrub and wash off. My skin is so much softer and really does glow!"
10/10/2012: Barb from Perth Wa Australia, Australia replies: "Have read these post with alot of interest- it makes sense that mustard would work and any other product that draws. Clay is another product that as a 12yr sufferer of demodex I have found to help. Mustard has been used for centuries as a poultice to draw out splinters etc., clay is the same. Was thinking about the question of a carrier oil. Emu oil penetrates the skin to 6 layers deep. At least this may be a way to penetrate the layers easier and enter the follicles. I also found that using an LED machine has had great results."
01/24/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "I read a post on another site that someone got a burning rash from emu oil. Please use care next to your brain."
08/19/2013: Itchy Scratchy from New York replies: "Hi All! All of you need to get neem oil, cedarwood oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and virgin coconut oil.
Mix neem, cedar, peppermint (10 drops each oil) in some coconut oil. Apply this from head to toe. Cedarwood would suffocate the bugs and their larvae. Neem is a neuro toxin of some sort ONLY on them and not you. It makes them lose appetite for food and sex. If the eggs catch a bit of neem they become sterile. Peppermint calms the itchy bites. Coconut oil is a natural anti bacteria and virus. Apply this mix after shower. During the shower - use a shampoo with added teatree oil, neem oil and cedarwood oil.
Vaccum the house. Then mop the house with the same mix of oils in the mopbucket water.
Spray your bed mattress and wooden frame with the above oils added to the water. Best is to fogg the house with cedarwood oil and neem oil. Kills everything from bedbugs, lice, mites, fleas- the lot! For those who have the dried up skin that the mites have used.... apply apple cider vinegar and then 10 minutes later apply lavender essential oil too. All the best!"
08/21/2013: Rebel from Usa replies: "On August 15, 2013, I replied about mites. Search on here in the search box for Rebel and look for that date. I told about Cayenne Pepper and so scalp therapy oils for these things. Cayenne Pepper 30, 000 HU. Start slow 1/8 teaspoon once a day in maybe V-8 juice and work your way up from there. Lots black specks from my skin, became very very few after about a month of Cayenne. Rebel"
[YEA] 01/30/2009: Sue from Ontario, Canada: "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I have not idea why my arms were so itchy. Intense itch that kept my up through the night. Recently i felt a crawling sensation and biting.Yikes! I figured it was some sort of skin parasite(non-contagious) After spending alot of money and going to the doctors , nothing was working.... until a finally stumbled on your site. The first day, i bathed in ACV(1/2 cupt) plus applied it directly.Then i drank it 2x (2 tablespoons) a day, applied it directly 2x a day as well. Now i am on day 6 , and my arms are almost completely healed. lots of sores prior to. little sign of any parasite. God bless you and Thank you!"Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 08/16/2011: Cj from Stamford, Ct replies: "Do you continue to use ACV for mite infestation? Demodex mites appear to be extremely adaptable to all my efforts to kill them."
08/30/2013: Amanda from Wi: "Please HELP me! I believe by the resesrvh I've been doing on the internet this week that I have mites in my apartment. I don't see anything but alwahs feel them on my feet, legs, hair, seams of shirt, hands, waistline... Everywhere. At first I thought it was fleas-which I really wish it was-but I bombed my apartment and had my cat checked but didn't help. I can't get any sleep because I can feel them all over me after laying in bed after a few hours of sleep. Please someone help!! I have bought listerine, windex, borax and tea tree oil and washed all clothes (that were not hanging in my closet) sheets and comforters everryday and put a waterproof mattress lad cover with a zipper around my mattress-not my boxspring though. I have called 2 doctors and yeah... No help there. I got a prescription for permitium lotion but I don't think I will use it because most people said it doesn't work against these mights and some people have gitten sick after 2nd dose. I have NO bites marks on my body but feel them constantly and its basically killing me. I can't eat or sleep and can't afford to keep buying all thus stuff to "try"and see if it'll work nor can I afford to shower 2/3 times a day and do laundry constantly. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!"Replies
10/15/2013: Mertletertel from Indianapolis replies: "Mite Infestation: Here is what some sufferers did with dry mustard powder... I'm going to try it too... Body wash: I mixed one level teaspoon of mustard powder using a measuring spoon with another of cold water, mixed well into a runny paste, and allowed it to stand for 10 minutes to allow the mustard to develop its full potency. To this, I added four ounces of body wash and mixed it thoroughly to ensure a homogenous result.
Body lotion: I used the same amount of mustard powder and water, mixed it well with three ounces of hydrating body lotion, and added five drops of glycerine, then mixed again thoroughly.
ALSO...lint roll clothing you were next to your skin, before wearing it; put all dirty clothes and clean clothes in plastic bags tied shut... Keeps bugs in and will keep them out too; use diamotaceous earth... (found at lawn and garden depts or at hardware stores... Try the 85% if you can get it; otherwise 77%) to powder your garbage, floors, etc. MMS, by Jim Humble, kills them in the house. I did this. 10 to 20 drops of activated MMS (look it up you'll see how) plus 16 oz of ACV in a spray bottle... Keep spraying daily! It works after awhile. Can also spray this on yourself. ALSO dry your clothes, then take them out, spray them with this mixture, and dry them again... It kills the bugs in them. My son told me about that. MMS is cheapest on ebay. WATCH out with scratching itchy places... I have felt things fly up and hit my face when scratching my foot... spray MMS mix and/or power DE (diatomaceous earth) all around when you have had to scratch.
ALSO...tincture of clove on the bandaid overnight kills a new bug bite; tea tree oil on the bandaid overnight and/or all day leaves a scab there also... but I think tincture of clove is stronger; I just can't afford everything, right? I have more rashes now than bites, so I'm treating areas.
Okay, I hope some of this helps. I also am using hydrogen peroxide, 2 oz with 40 drops of tea tree oil on my rashes... I spray it directly on and also on panty lines which I tape over the rashy area. On the private area I use a mix of Dollar Tree buttpaste, raw coconut oil (think foodstamps lol), tea tree oil (10 drops per TBS of coconut oil), and chest rub from dollar tree (no chems in that one). For some reason, it keeps the itching down PTL.
Trying pine tar soap, but living in a tent and using someone else's bathroom, due to my abusive family and this problem combined... so it's difficult.
Stay focused... This is your mountain right now... climb and gather your strength, k?
Love you! Heal quickly by God's grace."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/12/2014: Njoy from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi there, This website has been so helpful to motivate me to go head on with the outbreak of bites on my body.
Backgrounds: I had two spider/insect bites above the right hip (moderate welts) in Feb 2014 when gardening, this must have challenged my already stressed system (current but temporary life situations), because within a few days (amidst additional emotional stresses and after one full day of not eating well) a three week outbreak of hives. Then ? mite bites (clusters of small lumps in heat/moist areas of body armpits, groin, and trunk of body. That is when I got really FED UP with this state of health. And found this website.
I had already begun taking immune support supplements and working on my inner/gut to empower it to bring health to body. And I knew I needed to deal with the stressors/emotional stability. But these bites/?mites was the last straw.
After reading this website I went shopping and bought turpentine, huge tub of sorbeline moisturiser, (had tea tree oil already at home). And proceeded to cover my entire body and scalp with turpentine using a sodden face washer. I did this two consecutive evenings - and sat for 30minutes on a towel while covered with this topical treatment/turpentine 'body wash'. The idea was to kill off any potential mites or bugs (suffocation if they have burrowed in or drowning or burning of the solution etc). Yes the turps stung my scratched sores and any sensitive parts it seemingly reached (not for the fragile nerves - take heart the sting did fade with time).
Then after the 30mins, I then went to the shower and lathered my skin and scalp with natural soap (non-animal products). Lathered and lathered then washed off throughly in the shower.
Then after drying my skin/scalp from the shower, I lathered myself with a thick layer of sorbeline moisturiser. All over, everywhere. Kept reapplying. And reapplying as it seemingly soaked into my dehydrated skin (that has scratch marks, recovering hives, recovering old bites etc all over).
Then I put on very loose pyjamas which was tolerable Autumn weather for Australia (April 2014). What I experienced then was outrageous. I could literally FEEL sensations on my skin here and there. And it drove me to react. I went to the bathroom mirror and looked at my body. What I saw were tiniest black dots emerging through the thick layer of sorborline moisturiser. I was shocked. They must have tried to surface from their burrows since the moisturiser was sealing off the air. I was stunned. I removed them and tried to squash or crush or slice in two. But they were so tiny that I could not much at all. Just rubbed them on a rough surface to kill them through friction.
I did not think to put them in a jar.
But my Doctor has since given me a laboratory slip and a collection jar, to help me. But since doing the turpentine body wash for two nights, followed by soapy shower + thrice daily moisturising, and now daily, I have not found any more critters since the third day.
(My pathology results for common allergies and otherwise were normal! ) Which confirmed to my Doctor and that I was right: needing stress management strategies to not stress my body into the fight/flight mode which requires me to eat immune boosting diet and fluids. Moisturiser for protection and prevention of my skin.
I am 2 months now since the spider bites that was 'the straw that broke the camels back' on my stressed system. I am relieved greatly. But not cured. I am still somewhat stressed (inner emotional work still needs attention) and am still recovering my immune system from the gut outwards. I find that I am reacting to certain complex foods (refined, innutritious foods) and from sugars including fructose etc. If I do stress the gut out trying to breakdown complex foods, then I maintain a small bumpy rash has tiny red heads that fills my inside forearms, at this stage.
But at least the mites of whatever they were are behind me as of a few days ago. They were unbearable.
Environment: I got paranoid thinking my whole house might be filled with such critters. And tested this by walking bear legged around my carpeted and not carpeted areas over a period of several days. The only time I got a critter was in my car immediately after I sat in the driver's seat. It was the same tiniest black dot I had experienced a few days earlier. it was crawling up my bare leg.
I was also paranoid that my bedding and bed was riddled with the same. But washed all bedding, and the other night sleeping with nothing on my legs, I was bite free. Thank God. I am very thankful that my environment is not affected.
The only other consideration was my chickens. They can get mites and critters from the wild birds. So I have to keep an eye on them, and transfer potential to me if any, for the future when I cuddle them in the yard. They bath in garden dirt/ dust bathes they are called. This is their natural means of hygiene, and it seems to work.
Hope this helps someone. And I hope I can help myself recover, by unlearning old stress coping mechanism, and replace them with / or relearn new ones that are relevant and affective for new circumstances. God Bless you."
04/13/2014: Rebel from Somewhere, Usa replies: "My guess would be you will soon find out that you must kill these critters from the inside of the body. The black spots or specks are in my opinion blood born pathogens. One can rub different stuff on infected area and have these black specs come out and you may be killing the adults. I believe they hatch from eggs and the only way to kill the eggs is from inside the body.
When I treated myself, I had some success with a little of everything. But, what seemed to work and caused DIED OFF completely, after using Cayenne Pepper. I took 35000 heat units and start with a 1/16 teaspoon maybe 3 or 4 times daily and work up to a teaspoon a couple times daily. In 60 days, my black specks seemed to be gone. No more at all.
Also alkaline body defeats disease. So I alkalined with baking soda, a couple times a day."
12/05/2011: Tired Of Itching from College Park, Ga: "I have a question when using the bleach and water after basing and wiping down everything in the house with bleach. But when taking several baths in bleach in water do they get rid of the spots that come from itching and scratching?????"Replies
06/25/2012: Martie from Tampa, Fl replies: "I recently read that taking regular bleach baths destroys the normal skin bacteria needed for healthy skin and can cause the problem to get worse. Since your poor skin is already under attack, you may want to consider a different type of bath, like Ted's borax baths, not to speak of what chlorine bleach can do to your lungs."
[YEA] 01/24/2010: Mary from Media, Pa, Usa: "I have had a recent skin mite infestation. Interestingly enough, I often take salt baths and clays throughout the week,this keeps my skin in good shape. I often have a dermatitis of some sort. For some reason I did not lower my entire neck and shoulder area under the water.that week I suffered the "rash" itchiness, crawling sensation on my neck and upper chest area and knees for a week. I believe my immune system was lowered due to a month long cold..I recall using bleach - 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups in bath water and submerging for 30 minutes to calm a skin condition. I read this in a Louise Gittlemens post. It did the trick and the mites were gone after the second bath. I have sensitive skin and suffer no reaction from the bleach in bath water. I don't believe you could do this for an extended period of time, but once or twice a week has been helpful."Replies
05/20/2011: Mama In 'bama from Al, Usa replies: "I know this thread is old, but the idea is brand new and works for anyone taking soaking baths of any kind!
When I and my family figured out we had a demodex mite skin(and home infestation), we took 100% submersed baths using A SNORKEL. Yep, a diving snorkel we found at a national retail store for just a couple of dollars.
08/24/2011: Jenn from Valley, Nebraska, Usa replies: "I have been infected with mites for weeks now with no relief. I raise mice and rats outside my house and believe thats where they are coming from. I put cedar and cloves on the floor of the rodent structure hoping this will help. Does anyone know if this will work? I am definately going to try the bleach bath cuz I can't stand the constant itching and bleeding from these mites. I have scabs all over me and itch to death. What kind of remedy do you spray on carpet and furniture that is safe? I have cats and dogs as well as snakes. I don't want to harm them. Jenn"
09/10/2011: Mevina from Ransom Canyon, Texas, Us replies: "'... What kind of remedy do you spray on carpet and furniture that is safe? I have cats and dogs as well as snakes. I don't want to harm them. Jenn'
Jenn, you might try cat flea spray with a 3-4 month insect-growth regulator. First try it diluted with water, even as little as 4:1; that is 4 parts water.
Not that I like any of this stuff. But a few drops in a couple tsps of water cured earmites in one of our indoor-outdoor hunting cats after olive oil failed to do the job. An hour or so later I rinsed his ears with OTC sterile ear cleaner.
The mites have not returned in over a year.
Cat insecticide products are said to be safe for dogs but not the other way around. I'd keep the snakes off the rugs for a few days."
08/24/2012: Bonnie from Palm Desert, Ca replies: "Carpeting ? Put some diatomaceous earth or borax into it... Just make sure to get the pets out of the room, first, then put on a respirator type mask.. And distribute or dust around... You can put that onto your mattress, under the vinyl cover. If you wish, one can get the food grade stuff to ingest... It cuts parasites to pieces. Just make sure it goes down into the fibers, so that your dogs do not breathe it in, while rolling around, or laying their heads on the carpeting.
The second thing I used, was an all natural product that does not have fumes... I cannot mention the exact name, but check the Topix health blogs I posted.. It has the name in there... I got a whole gallon of the stuff.. I spray it on my mattress, on the carpet, on the tarps on my couches, in my car, and believe it or not, one can bathe with it in the bathwater.. I also spray enzymes onto my dog... I was using it on my skin, but I was slightly allergic to one of the enzymes.. But I would try that, if I could do so, as well! And it will kill the parasitic mites, dust mites, or dermodex ones, by eating through the exoskeleton, and it causes them to molt prematurely.. If they do that, then they die off! ... So I spray the entire bathroom floor, and everywhere I sat during the day, even near the kitchen sink, my computer table, etc.. All with no fumes, and no toxins. If you spray upholstery with it, say in your car.. It will dry clear, and have no scent after it is dry.. And it eats up dust mites, etc... And breaks down dirt.. So everything smells good, after it is dry. I am so allergic to poisons! Oh yeah, I set my spritzer with 2 onces of it, then add 14 more of the distilled water, then set the sprayer on a harder spray, so it goes into my dog's coat.. It immediately causes the itching to die down, so now he knows what will follow, and does not fight me on this--he simply wants the surface of his fur wiped down, so he is not soggy! Then, the poor baby can sleep..
Oh, yeah, try not to allow pets to sleep in your bed, until both are cured, or you will pass mites back and forth, into infinity! Tomorrow, I will put the mustard, castor oil, and virgin coconut oil onto his skin, for a more permanent treatment, to kill most of them off.. I did that with my own skin, and was shocked at how many died off.. Rubbed it into my hair, then put a shower cap on, overnight! It works! Bonnie"
09/18/2012: Looneygirl from Houston, Texas, Usa replies: "Bonnie can you tell us what this product is or give us a link to the blog. I am not familir with topix health blog and could not locate. I also have been doing the ongoing fight against demo mites/red mange and using Ted's remedy and some others, plus supplement's & diet change for stronger immune system. I thought I had it beat but it looks like it has returned and she is scratching/biting herself like crazy. Sometimes what works for one person/pet does not work for others. Please share the name of this product or a link as there are many other in need of help & assistance with this mite problem.
"The second thing I used, was an all natural product that does not have fumes... I cannot mention the exact name, but check the Topix health blogs I posted""
11/30/2013: Meeya from Sunnyvale, Ca replies: "This question is in reply to "Mama In 'bama from Al, Usa" 's post" (we took 100% submersed baths using A SNORKEL. Yep, a diving snorkel we found at a national retail store for just a couple of dollars. Worked PERFECTLY! "
Mama, what did you put in your bath water? Or was it just a regular soap and water bath?"
01/09/2012: Josephine from Live Oak, Fl Usa: "Can 20 mule team borax be used in a bath to help with body mites on humans and animals and if so how much do you use and how much water. I have also heard to mix it with peroxide."
09/30/2011: Beablessing111 from Napili, Hawaii, Usa: "Hello Earth Clinic,
Thank you for the info on using Borax for mites. I'm on day 4 of drinking 1/8 tsp in liter of water & 1/8 tsp baking soda sipping thruout day. Wow, what a difference!
But could you give some additional information? How do you deal with the actual mites that come crawling out of your skin. ? Whats the proper protocol? None of the posts I read, mentions anything about this important step. Some were coming out of my left tear duct yesterday - what a weird sensation. I didn't know what to do: leave them alone & try not to itch; wipe with some solution; rinse with water, what? I also have some coming out in various areas on my face as boils. I've been spritzing a borax/peroxide/water solution directly on my body at night then shower in the morning. That seems to help a lot.
Thank you for your response I await anxiously!"Replies
10/01/2011: Phyllis from Goshen, Indiana replies: "I have read where borax is toxic.
DE (diatomacious earth) is taken from the bottom of the ocean as ground up clam shells etc.. It is very effective for killing all sorts of small creatures -spiders, mites, bedbugs, worms, snails and can be taken internally for this purpose also. It can be purchased at graineries in 50lb bags for only 50c lb usually but it must be the type used in grains to kill insects -otherwise it may have arsenic in it. It may help your problem.
One tlbs per 125 lb of body wt is a measure given. It can be taken with foods or juices every day. I take it once a week or so."
10/01/2011: Kelly from Catawissa, Mo, Usa replies: "Great question. I think this one is for Ted. I personally keep his borax solution in a spray bottle, and when I feel the itching or crawling or feel the sandy feeling, I spray the area thoroughly!"
12/09/2011: Veronica H from New York, Ny replies: "Hi I wouldn't drink that thing.... THIS IS WHAT HAS WORKED SO FAR FOR ME.... AND IN ONE DAY ONE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE ALREADY.
My case: infestation of the whole apartment and clothing, including shoes and bath tub ( believe or not). My dog got canine mites, and I am super allergic to their bites ( note: there is a difference btw canine mites and human mites do research yourself)... and the worst is that I was sleeping with the dog so it got very very ugly.
1) Isolate the dog: do not let the dog sleep in your bed ever again.
do not let the dog sleep on sofas etc ever again.... dog has to be trained to his bed and his place in the house.
Bathe the dog with shampoo for mites ( 10 minutes) then apply tea tree oil and also apply revolution once every tree weeks for 6 weeks and then once a month for life as a prevention... a dog that dont have good immune system to keep his mites under control is very likely to get reinfected again and again.
2) research, research and research ( doctors and veterinary wont tell you the whole truth.. Bc they want you to be back and back... they will give you remedies but NO ONE WILL TELL YOU THAT IF YOU DO A EXTENSIVE CLEANING YOU WON'T BE EVER CURED OR IT WILL TAKE FOREVER AND A LOT OF MONEY.
In my special case I cured the dog first and then house and then shoes, clothing and also got rid of the mattress ( what a big difference that made... mattress are very hard to clean and even w/ a mite cover depending on the numbers that would not be enough.)
Meanwhile you are getting rid of mites buy yourself an air mattress they are much better to clean as the mite cannot hide in plastic.
3) SPRAY EVERYTHING WITH WINDEX ( you will need tons of this)
4) For awhile do not sit in the sofa.. Put the sofa up and spray the hell of it with a combination of windex and guess what... spider poison.
MITES ARE FROM THE FAMILY OF SPIDERS.. SO ANYTHING THAT KILL SPIDERS WILL KILL MITE.
eat and seat in places that can be easier to clean like a wood table or plastic, and plastic chair... Forget to be seated in sofas or anything w fabric... Anything like this should be put apart in one room and sprayed w windex and lysol if you want and plus the spider killer spray... Leave everything that is made of fabric apart.. Do not seat on it until is past 3 weeks.. so the bastards will be dead dead!!!
Everytime you're gonna seat on a chair, spray windex, eat on table spray windex BEFORE AND AFTER SEATING.
3)THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT... CLEAN FLOORS WITH A MIX OF WATER, BORAX, SPIDER KILLER AND BLEACH. DO THIS ONCE A WEEK. BUT ONE HAVE TO CLEAN THE FLOORS ONCE A DAY WITH BLEACH AND WATER...EVERYDAY.
CLEAN BATHROOM WITH SAME MIX ABOVE ONCE A WEEK INCLUDING BATHTUB... EVERYTIME YOU SHOWER SPRAY WINDEX, BEFORE LEAVING SPRAY WINDEX ON YOUR FEETS AND AFTER LEAVING SPRAY IT AGAIN.
CLOTHING SHOULD BE WEAR ONCE...
so put in plastic bags, one for white clothing and other for color.
bedding should be washed daily also... If you have airbed spray it windex before and after going to bed and in the morning when you wake up
wash the clothing with hot water and a mix with borax, bleach and soap. let it act 15 minutes in water before washing and also dry it hot for an hour or more.
5) PERSONAL CLEANING:
take shower twice a day: morning and night.
-if your head itches buy shampoo for lice that will kill them.
- buy soap for acne and take shower with it.
- When you are done... spray with lysol or windex your feet.
-I spray my body with alcohol and it kill them all...
acetone too is good.. That kills them very good on the skin.. for real nothing like acetone.
and then put tea tree oil all over you so run away!!!
then you can put permedrin that is what the doctor will prescribe you and some cream for the itching and take benedryl to help u to sleep at night.
IF YOU DONT CLEAN YOUR HOUSE , CLOTHING AND SOFAS ETC THIS WAY I AM TELLING YOU YOU WONT BE HEALED EVER. BC YOU WILL REINFECT YOURSELF ALL OVER AGAIN...
1st step: house, sofas dont seat on them, seat in easy to clean chair and eat in easy to clean tables..
2nd: get a airmatress if you feel you cannot clean your matress... clean the floor very well before using the new mattress.
3rd: I would get rid of bedding if the intensive cleaning is not working... Get new sheets and also new pillows... but first clean the room very well.
4th: clean yourself and desinfect yourself as many times a day as possible... I am carrying with me alcohol and spray on me everytime I feel something and it works wonders.
5th: whatever you cant clean sent it to dry cleaner and tell them to put poison on it, bc you have an infestation in the house... they know what to do.
clean wardrobes with windex and spider killer spray.
clean whatever place you are putting the clothing and spray the hell of it w windex and spider killer spray...
I DID ALL THIS IN ONE DAY AND FEELING A BIG DIFFERENCE.. MY GOAL IS TO GET RID OF THIS IN A WEEK!!!! I WILL I WILL FIGHT THIS BASTARDS!!!!!!! I HATE THEM!!!
Doctors or vets don't tell you this...RESEARCH!!!!!
PEOPLE IF YOU NEED MORE ADVICE OR HELP... CONTACT ME vhomodel(at)gmail.com"
12/12/2010: Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia: "Hi Guys, I started taking 1/8 teaspoon of borax in one litre of water to try to cure my skin problem which someone suggested might be caused by demodex mites. I had red, flaky, and sometimes stinging, and itchy skin on my forehead, cheeks below my eyes, and around my ears. When I started taking the borax it seemed that the redness of my skin calmed down on about the second day and so I continued even though it felt to be a bit dry.
Its now day 5 and I have stopped taking it. Yesterday it had become so dry and felt really raw so that I couldn't stand it. It stung like I had sunburn. Im wondering if anyone has any idea what could be going on. Also how can I direct a question directly to ted, he seems to have helped a lot of people. I was hoping I could send him a photo and some background info and see if he can shed some light on whats going on. I cant say how much it would mean to me to get this problem under control. Thanks everyone and I wish you all good luck in treating your conditions."Replies
12/12/2010: Self from Ny replies: "Until Ted can get back to you personally:
Borax can dry the skin out, that's part of what may kill the mites. Ted did also recommend this on the rosacea thread (which also deals with mites) that if the skin gets too dry, apply jojoba oil or aloe vera or lavender oil.
Perhaps you need to lessen the borax to 1/16 a teaspoon or less and take it less frequently as well. Some people are more sensitive than others. If it is still too much, stop. This website will tell of some of borax side effects. Most people who take the borax in the small doses listed in E.C. Seem to tolerate them well. But some sensitive people may experience the side effects listed here. Sometimes doses on E.C. have to be tinkered with as we all react differently to different things.
10/15/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Shouldn't lavendar oil be put in a carrier oil, like say, sesame oil because the lavendar oil burns, doesn't it?"
12/11/2010: Kate from Dublin, Ireland: "I bought borax in the chemist to see if it would help me to kill the demodex mite. I haven't taken it yet because on the container it states that its only for external use. Is it okay to use, say small amounts-a quarter teaspoon to a litre of water or do I need to get a special type of borax powder? Also would it work on its own or do I need to mix hydrogen peroxide with it? I could only get 6% hydrogen peroxide. Unfortunately I couldn't source the food grade type. Please help as I'm going insane with skin and eye problems. Tea tree has made a small difference with my skin but not my eyes :( Any advice on eliminating this horrible condition would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Kate"Replies
12/11/2010: Self from Ny replies: "Yes, the container does say that but in small amounts, it is ok. As long as it is borax and not boric acid. Well with 6% H2O2, you can dilute it down to 3% by mixing equal parts of each H2O2 and water (half each). Yes, you can mix the borax with H2O2 to make it even more effective (men can take 1/4 teaspoon and women can take 1/8 teaspoon of borax and one cap (use the H2O2 bottle cap) of 3% H2O2 in one liter of drinking water and drink a cup every hour. When it runs out, drink regular water. Also take 1, 000 mg of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate) a day to counteract H2O2 oxidation (e.g. Helps prevent detox headaches)
You can also wet some borax in 1% H2O2 and apply the paste to the area and leave it on, don't rinse. If the skin gets dry, use aloe vera or some natural oil to moisturize it. To dilute H2O2 down to 1.5%, just mix one part 6% H2O2 and 4 parts water (e.g. 1 oz H2O2 and 4 oz water)."
07/07/2011: Brenda from Fayetteville, North Carolina replies: "Would this be ok to give to my Jack Russell dog? She has these things too."
01/02/2012: Maddog/chemist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.s.a. replies: "For skin itching, I had a Texas M.D. who rec. a self made solution of Sulfur flowers and petroleum jelly.
It has the acid mileu to kill mites, and the smothering effect of the jelly. Has anyone else used this? Must be left on the body for more than say 20 minutes."
07/15/2010: Fran from Atlanta, Ga, Usa: "I recently stumbled across this site, and I know it was a blessing from above. A few months back I started an internal parasite cleanse with wormwood, black walnut hull tincture and cloves also using cascara sagrada and probiotics because of anemia and fatigue. Think something went wrong. Seems at the end of the cleanse, I ended up with these bites from the "inside" of my skin. May have stirred up something. They were really itchy at first. They started on my left arm and center of my chest and seemed to come two marks at a time. My left upper arm was/is covered with bite marks (now slowly disappearing). The bites slowly made it to other parts of my body, but they are random, not everywhere. The bites have gotten to my legs pretty well, though. The itching, for the most part, had stopped. The bites have turned to sores with a black ring around them. When I pick the "strange looking" scab, it leaves a "crater" in my skin. I do see what appears to be "tracks". I thought at first it was scabies, but the doctor assured me it wasn't. I did notice however, two "raised" bumps on my back. Being naturally prone to pick, I picked one of them and it was dry and squeaky. No blood or fluid. I was able to pick out some little black dots. Seems as though something may have been "nesting" in my skin! I am beginning day three of the borax in water. I do feel better, and it appears as though the scarring and sores are improving. Does anyone have any idea what this might be? Any other advice?"Replies
07/15/2010: Diane from Berkeley, Ca replies: "Fran: Those sound very much like bed bug bites. They typically come in groups of 2's to 4's, and when irritated can have a "ring" around them like you mention. You may have an infestation. I don't have advice as to a cure, but it's worth looking into this as a possible cause, because if so you will need to treat the home to remove them, and any internal treatments, while soothing may not be sufficient."
07/16/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Fran. . . I live in the tropics and I had the same problem as you, bites and sores all over mainly my back and lower body. I had a favourite couch that I used to sleep and doze on regularly which had mites in it. This is what I had to do.
* I used a simple combination of 1%-3% hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of borax (20 Mule Team is fine) in an ordinary 8 oz flower garden sprayer. Also add one tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia. All I did was to spray my body (particularly the bitten areas) after my shower and before bed with this mix and then wash it off the next morning. I found that, next day, I hadn't been bitten anymore and my bites had actually gone down and didn't itch so much. I still use this mix if some critter bites me, it's very effective. Only use this mix topically and avoid use near the eyes.
* Take your couch/bed mattress and put it outside in the sun and heat for the day. The mites and bugs will hate the sun, they will run away and leave the couch/bed mattress.
* Also make sure you clothes are not infested by washing your clothes with generous amounts of borax.
The borax will kill the mites directly as will the hydrogen peroxide which will also kill any other associative bacteria and viruses as well.
The Milk of Magnesia (MoM) will kill the bugs and anything else in 2 other ways. First the MoM is so alkaline -- pH 10 -- that it will kill any bacteria, virus, fungus or bug easily. As well, MoM contains mainly Magnesium Hydroxide, which is highly hydrohobic (drives water out). So using MoM will also dehydrate the bugs or mites and kill them that way too."
05/12/2012: Jana from Alexandria, Va replies: "Baking soda might also work for the PH."
02/22/2013: Chelle from Hartbeespoort, Nw South Africa replies: "Regarding...
..."Diane from Berkeley, Ca replies: "Fran: Those sound very much like bed bug bites. They typically come in groups of 2's to 4's, and when irritated can have a "ring" around them like you mention. You may have an infestation. I don't have advice as to a cure..."
I just wanted to add that the cure to bed bugs is diatomaceous earth sprinkled everywhere...
For Demodex mites the cure for me is Tea Tree Oil rubbed into skin ... Patiently day after day for 60-90 days... And Mustard added to conditioner for my scalp. Mustard is 1 tsp mixed with 1 tsp water and added to 18 teaspoons [or 6 tablespoons] of conditioner or lotion or whatever you want to use depending on where you want to apply. Can also add to shampoo. I leave the conditioner on 20 minutes simply because that is how I like to condition my hair.
Also Diatomaceous Earth on mattress, pillow etc... It works when dry not wet. I think this can be used on pets too. It is edible. Only use Food Grade quality.
Sorry that this doesn't fit under Borax properly but I really want to give the answer to bed bug infestation.. And add my own experience with Demodex mites. Please feel free to replicate anywhere you prefer."
03/10/2013: Tired Of Being Itchy! from Silver Spring, Md, Usa replies: "Really appreciative of the advice here. I had the same issue... Picked up mites from infected furniture. Have sealed the couch-can't put it outside.
Been using all the suggestions here and wanted to share something that has helped me turn the corner to stop the crawly/itchy sensation: sulfur8. It's for dandruff; readily available at the drugstore. I read on a medical website that sulfur kills mites, and it seems to be true. A word of caution, the menthol in this stuff is a bit powerful for a while after you put it on. Once the menthol wears off, you'll smell like the tip of a match and feel pretty greasy. And, be prepared to be disgusted. I had not actually seen the mites until they came off the surface of my skin, suffocated by the petrolatum and sulfur in this ointment. Quite gross. And effective! I will continue to do this each night until the itching is totally gone. Night #2, and so far, so good. Almost no itchies today during the day.
Now, how to deal with the couch... It's leather, still tightly sealed in plastic... Any ideas short of tossing it out?"
08/08/2013: Lacyj from Austin, Texas replies: "To Fran in Atlanta GA: Your symptoms sound much like patients who have a condition referred to as "Morgellons. " You can google it but basically most people with this are experiencing some type of mite or insect infestation of the skin. (Whether Springtails, mange or Dermodex mites, etc.). Most people come into contact with these insects and naturally repel them but many others who have immune issues cannot.
If you get on Face Book, you can look up a site called "Morgellons Is No Laughing Matter, " and read postings of others with your symptoms.
Also, Borax, Bleach, Windex, etc. Are toxic - especially in regular doses. Remember, if you put it ON your skin - it goes IN your body. While it may be a temp fix - it is not something people should do longterm as that just adds further burden to the immune system which causes the body to have even less ability to fight the infestation off.
Here are some healthier and I believe, more effective options:
> Sulfur powder (you can get this by ordering "MSM Powder" on a wholesale site like vitacost dot com) & take internally with glucosamine & chondroitin).
Sulfur mixed in pure lotion (no additives, perfumes, or chemicals) and rub onto all affected areas.
You can buy a product by "Trimedic" that is 15% sulfur/MSM and rub it into areas.
> Pure Organic Cold Pressed NEEM Oil - this can be mixed with sulfur product and rubbed into affected areas - it is also great for scalp and you can use it in shampoos, liquid soaps and conditioners.
> Pure organic tea tree, cedar, Lavendar, mixed with a small amount of Virgin/organic Coconut Oil is very healing to bites and lesions. DO spend the extra money for the organic though...
> Gold Bond Menthol Powder (great for mixing into hair/scalp) and Gold Bond Menthol Lotion
> 3% peroxide can be rubbed into areas after showers or baths but be sure to wash your finger tips as it can burn them a little - but will flush out the bites/organisms
3% Peroxide is a great substitute for Windex - not toxic to your system so you can use it on surfaces (plastic, glass, metal). Alcohol with few drops of essential oils is also great for cleaning and clearing areas.
Use the Neem oil on Wood Surfaces.
Use the Borax to wash your clothes in hot water with about 10-12 drops of one of above essential oils. Rinse with Hot water & Dry on Hot.
If your microwave is large enough and a newer model with large rotating glass table; you can put smaller pieces of clothing loosely onto table and zap for 30 to 90 seconds - making sure that the table and item is turning and doesn't stick to the right side where all the heat accumulates. Don't put anything aluminum or metal in though!
Small blankets & sheets can be sanitized this way as well just watch the time and the process - keep things moving and away from the hotter side of the metal wall.
Plastic zippered mattress protectors are essential and should be wiped down each morning or before bed time with alcohol spray or peroxide spray with half dozen drops of essential oils (in spray).
Sheets & blankets can be spritzed and placed in HOT dryer for at least 60 to 70 minutes.
It's okay to clean skin with peroxide or enzymes but ultimately you don't want it to dry out because it becomes more vulnerable to organisms & irritants. So use the NEEM oil mixed with a little of the Coconut Oil & few drops of essential oils (and, you can add the sulfur to this too) on your skin and if necessary, your scalp.
> Colloidal Silver & Organic Aloe Juice (50 to 50 ratio) can be applied to scalp with dropper and rubbed in gently with fingers for soothing irritated skin & bites. Same for skin after or before shower.
This mixture can be taken internally - just make sure the silver has low PPMs (10 to 30 PPMs max). One TBSP every few hours can be effective.
Three other products to help skin:
> Florasone Itches & Rash Cream
> PRID salve (mix this with sulfur and coconut/Neem oils & will help to draw out matter)
> SeaBuckthorn Oil and/or soap
It's so important to address the internal health as that is a direct manifestation of the external conditions.
1) Sleep - get as much as you can whenever you can.
2) Moderate (non traumatic or impacting) exercise - the circulation of blood & oxygen boosts your immune system and helps fight off the infestation.
3) Reduce Stress - exercise, quiet room w/low lights and relaxing music. 4) Deep breathing (good for relaxing & helps promote better oxygen flow), ETC.,
5) De-tox your diet. Don't eat any 'white' (bleached) or processed foods. Avoid white sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Eat more green vegetables in salads and, slightly steamed. Lean, free-range (antibiotic & hormone free) meat & dairy in small portions.
6) HYDRATE - 80 to 100 oz of purified or Spring water daily. (Non-caffeinated teas & organic juices count).
7) Avoid all GMOs, hydrogenated oils (trans fats such as margarine), artificial ANYTHING and fast food - horrible for these conditions.
8) Watch your pH levels; most of us with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems have higher acidic levels. Eat higher alkaline foods such as organic watermelon, lemons, fresh spinach, blueberries, etc... You can search sites that have pH food charts & put on your fridge.
Hope this helps.
12 year 'Survivor.'"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/16/2010: Lakota from Paha Sapa, South Dakota, Usa: "borax/dermodex mites
Hello, im new to all this but im so glad i found this site. I found it through searchs at curezone.com i knew i was dealin with nanoinsects and iv been using the exact measurements of borax and alittle Hydrogen Peroxide with a liter of water that Ted says to do. Iv been on it for about 5 days now and many many of the dermodex mites came to the surface of my skin. Its really gross, its all over my arms, shoulders and back. All over my stomach and legs. I dont know how i got it but i know i had it for many years since iv suffered from eczema all my life, im 27 yrs old now.
I really hope this stuff works quickly because as of right now i dont even want to go to the store. I got long sleeves but its really bad. I took a few baths with borax and i know its working. I always wanted to get to the source of the problem and attack it but i never found out how till now. No matter how long it takes i hope to be cleansed of all these nasty bugs. I also wanted to write and thank you for leading people to the truth and what most doctors wont tell us. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.
EC: More info on borax can be found here: http://earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax.html
03/08/2014: Samantha from Vernon, Connecticut: "Hi, I am desperate and need your help! I found your website, by the grace of GOD!! I am infested with mites and have been bed ridden with them for 4 long YEARS!!! They move under my skin and across my back. They are in all my organs. I have read about the borax and hydrogen peroxide and have sprayed it on my body with great success, but I need to take a BATH in it!! I need help with a formula for the amount of each to put in a bath, for a human to do a soak in it!!!! If you could please, please, please, help me with some sort of amounts to put in a bath for a woman who weighs 100 lbs, this would be a true GIFT from GOD!
Hugs & Blessings for all you do for us that are suffering! Samantha"Replies
[YEA] 03/10/2014: Cali Girl from Sacramento replies: "I had mites for almost two years. At first I had no idea why I was itchy tickley. I found this website and it was clear what was wrong.
I tried the borax under water with a snorkel etc., the mustard scrub in my soaps and swabbing with alcohol and tea tree oil, all gave some relief but did not get rid of the mites.
In June of last year at the coersion of my family I stopped taking HRT (mainly for hourly hot flashes) and started a couple of other things. I started taking Boron pills once in the morning and once before bed. I also took a sauna at the gym for 20 minutes 4 times a week. After about a month the tickles were gone, not in my nose, eyes, eyebrows or scalp.
I occasionally get itches on my head but nowhere else. I am not sure which one of these things got rid of them because it happened all at once.
I hope this helps, don't give up hope."
03/10/2014: Mary from Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Cali Girl from Sacramento Hi: may I know how much boron your pills contained? I am so happy for you that you got rid of this horrible problem!! I am going through it now myself and am killing them with the MMS protocol 1000 and 3000. I added turpentine in the am for another issue I think I have. Thank you"
03/11/2014: Cali Girl from Sacramento replies: "I don't remember, it's been awhile. I got them at Sprouts and there was only one kind. I recycled the empties. I'll check the next time I'm there."
07/20/2014: Mertle from Usa replies: "I read 2 cups of borax and 1 cup HP. Also powdered sulfur from ebay and a natural lotion base (about $13. 95 /gallon).., mix and add tea tree etc. Apply all over 2-3x's per day; spray bedding with 20 drops activated MMS with 16 oz each vinegar/water in a 32oz spray bottle... Cover floors with DE.. Diatomaceous earth.. Tractor Supply has 20lbs for $13. How do make your spray? Plz email or txt. 715-548-1124 k? Thnx.. Ran out of sulfur lol. Relieves itching and kills mites"
07/20/2014: Mertle from Usa replies: "I read that vaseline and sulfur is better than lotion and sulfur.. But amyway add camphor. Escabicin lotion is for scabies and Joint Sulfur Liposome Lotion also is good for mites."
07/20/2014: Mertle from In Usa replies: "Also an herbalist told me that WW by Pure Herbs Ltd. Plus putting lobelia by Natures Sunshine, on the bites will end the problem... About $65 every 2 wks for those."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/05/2010: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa: "DEMODEX MITES
ON A ROLL, this is my third input today. This is not my procedure as I got it off this site, but I have refined it. I now only put the borax, tee tree oil and hydrogen peroxide solution in my nose where the hair follicles are. Also I have added Vitamin E for the oil. This is more effective and I have been doing this for several years. I have concluded that you never get rid of these buggers, you just control them."Replies
[YEA] 04/21/2013: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa replies: "HI U GOD FEARING PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , , , , , ,
Well, I'm free of my mites. It was an interesting chore. At first I had no clue. The bumps were just erupting all over my body. I am SJS so it took me a few weeks to figure out what was going on. I first went to my regular doctor and he gave me Premethrin, which is useless as tits on a bore shoat. The mites eat this as dessert.
I learned that mites die at 120 degrees so I began a FIR sauna that was between 150 and 170 degrees. Following that I took a bath using 16 oz of H202 , a cup of Borax and a cup of Epson Salt. Half-way through the bath, I coated my body down with the strongest Cayenne Pepper sauce I could find. What lots of folks don't know is that Cayenne pepper is a natural insecticide. Then I coated my body down with what is equivalent to grain alcohol. None of this is original with me. I got all this off the internet. Listen up good folks, people on the internet will tell you their woes and you need to listen. Some are out in left field but you can figure that out pretty quick. One thing that I did as a Ch E is to buy the 10% Permethrin from the Co-op which is used for animals. I put that on the spots that I knew there were mites and coated that with DMSO gel. DMSO is the strongest solvent there is and will take whatever stuff you got to the problem. I also coated my body with H2O2 and Borax as Ted suggests.
My wife washed my sheets, clothes, and towes, etc. Every day with hot, hot water and borax. I think the thing that killed my critters is heat. I have spent the money to take care of all our old age problems like a Fir sauna and a Ozone generator.
I finally got to see a dermotologist and he put me on a total body jel , Triamcinolone Acetonide. However, the game was over. I had killed the crtitters with natural products. I do think that the sauna heat is what got the little devils.
I took specimans to the Dermotologist but initially he had no clue , so I may not have had scabies. I will let you know in a week or so.
Is life interesting or what ? ======RH=======
Thank you Earth Clinic for spreading the word."
05/01/2013: Robert Henry from Ten Mile , Tn Usa replies: "HI U GOOD FOLKS DOIN, , , , , , , , , , ,
What a saga. I am telling you that your M.D. has no clue as far as parasites are concerned. I had a mite of some description but my dermatologist had idea what it was and did not send it off to be identified. Using 5 % Permethrin is useless as tits on a bore shote. The bugs have been immune to this strength for many years, but the M.D.'s have no idea.
I have defeated the little bastards and here is what I did. First, I have a FIR Sauna and I heated it up to 160 to 170 degrees and stayed in this heat for 20 minutes. They cannot stand this heat. That got most , but on the others I put 10 % Permethrin from the Co-op that they use on animals. On top of that I used DMSO to take it to the source. I also got into a tub of hot water that I had added 16 oz of Hydrogen Peroxide, a cup of Borax , and a cup of epsom salt. Half way through the bath I covered my body with the hottest cayenne pepper sause that our Mexican illegals can imagine. Cayenne is a natural insecticide. On completion of this procedure I then did what Ted says and that is to cover my body with a solution of Hydrogen peroxide and borax.
I then went to a dermotologist and learned the he had no clue. I did what he said but the game was already over. He did not try to learn anything about this parasite. He called it a rash. Kiss my grits. That is the reason that I rely on you folks for my good health.
What I think killed the critters is heat. My wife and I have not slept together since all this came about. If you cannot do this and protect your loved one, then you deserve whatever you get.
That is what an old farse thinks. =====RH====="