Mite Infestation Cures: Q&A
Last Modified on Dec 09, 2012
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Demodex Infestation: Scalp, Eyes, Etc.
12/09/2012: Zillie from Paraville, Demodexshire: "Dear Earth Clinic, I am a 27 year old woman from the UK. After a very stressful time and illness back in July and August of this year - my scalp became very oily, extremely itchy and as if there were bites, lumps and pimples all over it.
I went to the doctor (not a specialist, just a general practitioner), and he said I had a bit of dandruff and gave a script for Nizoral. I used this for a couple of times, when my hair began to shed. The hair loss has continued and is diffuse - but especially on my temples and at the front of my hair. My hair line has receded about 1-2 centimetres.
I kept going back to the doctor, when the extreme itching and bite sensations continued - and what with the hair loss, I was convinced I had folliculitis. Some days my scalp was so lumpy, like fluid filled lumps, if not bites. This still is the case anyhow. But they told me, pretty much, that I was being hysterical. I saw 4 doctors who came to this conclusion and left me feeling distraught.
After staying at a friend's house, a week later she told me her hair was also itching and she had bites too. She has long hair like me. Her partner and mother also started to get the same symptoms on their scalp. At this point (as well as feeling absolutely awful for infecting them) I was certain that this was a parasite of some kind.
My friend checked through my hair and was pretty sure she could see lice eggs (nits) so we treated our hair with Lyclear that day. The next day I still had the itching and crawling sensations - but with added burning, which I still have. I did some looking around on the internet and thought it must be demodex mites. After this, my eyebrows , ears and face began to itch and my nose went very dry.
I went back to a doctor, a different one, and they eventually agreed to refer me to a dermatologist - but this appointment is not until January.
My friend also had no success with the lice treatment and told me her mum had found nits in her hair - they were quite certain of this. Hoping and praying that it wasn't these mites - I treated my hair this time with Hedrin. When I woke up in the morning - my upper lip was swollen and my mouth completely dry, with ulcers on my upper gums. I noticed throughout the day that my eyes were completely dry too, and they were red and felt gritty.
Next day, eyes still dry and now my eyelids hugely swollen. My nose was now swollen too and I have rosacea like, butterfly patch over my nose and cheeks. My glands under my chin and on my neck are swollen. I also have sinus pain and an awful stinging in my left nostril.
This was over three weeks ago that the facial swelling and dry eyes and mouth began. My gums and teeth are constant agony. My nose too, which is really swollen. It only goes down a bit when I'm sat at home with my window wide open. I find it hard to swallow most of the time - having to chase food down with lots of water. I have to use eyedrops constantly and have bought some artificial saliva gel and spray. I often get a low-grade fever in bed, waking up constantly and my skin burns on my neck and chest. My hair is still falling out too.
I found that they can infect oral sebaceous glands and certainly mucus glands: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3456144#
Also - I had to give my cat up a few weeks ago as she devoloped mange. She is an indoor cat and must have got the infestation from me. She had dandruff like flakes on her skin and when I brushed above her tail with a flea comb - there were black things in the brush. I squashed them onto a white bit of paper and they left a smear of blood.
A doctor at the hospital did autoimmune diseases blood test and it was negative. But another doctor believes I could have Sjogren's Syndrome and this can sometimes only be tested through a saliva gland biopsy and schirmer test. I certainly have all the symptoms now anyway. But I think it must be these mites when I think of the chronology of it all. Please help me. I don't know what to do and I'm desperate. I am so upset and don't know how I can go on at times. Is there anything I can do????
Thank you so much in advance, L"
12/10/2012: Rawfoodenergy from Eb, Sussex replies: "Sorry but this is harsh reply. Change everything you do. Change Diet, Negative thoughts, No Pets while getting better (parasites) Clean Water, Massive amounts of Probotics Daily, Colonics 2-3 times a week..... Some ideas"
12/10/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "Do not visit your friends until you're over this thing! Otherwise, you'll be contaminating everyone else!
You need to clean and disinfect your home, bed linens, EVERYTHING really, REALLY well. And, every home you have visited, e. g. , your friend's home, also needs to be cleaned and disinfected.
There are plenty of suggestions here on EC on how to rid your home and your body of mites:
Just read through them and follow the suggestions to the letter!"
12/11/2012: Lizzie from Demodexville, Demodexshire, United Kingdom replies: "Thank you for your comments- Can anyone help me with a treatment and cleaning regimen. I am really confused and need just a shove in the right direction. I can't really stay confined to my home as I have to work. I have only myself to support me. I'm frightened. But I can treat my home. It is christmas nearly and I can't not visit family. Already given my cat up now. Unfortunately, my friend won't accept my theory on mites (yet).
Should I drink borax? Baking soda? Apple cider vinegar? Also thinking of a candida diet and detox. What sort of supplements should I take? What can I use on my face or for my eyes? Will essential oils like tea tree help? Which probiotics? Sorry for all the questions but I'm appealing to your greater knowledge.
I don't want to do more harm but I have faith in the information on here. I just need some help processing it. I need hope. Would be so grateful if you can help me in this way. Please help."
12/11/2012: Lorraine from Stortford, United Kingdom replies: "Hi, I understand demodex mites cause acne type symptoms and can move on to the scalp. They are invisible to the naked eye and similar to mange, I believe. Lyclear is supposed to help but has to be repeated once or twice I think, as with scabies. Suphur based creams are meant to be helpful too such as Sulfa Derm. A solution of Borax and sulphur can be used as a final rinse when washing your hair but I don't know the dilutions. Also tea tree and apple cider vinegar, MMS or DMSO I've heard can be helpful. Have you taken a look at homeopathic remedies? My daughter has developed red sores on her face but doen't have greasy skin, blackheads or spots and all products I've suggested are also supposed to be helpful with bacterial infection so she's just about to start using sulphur soap and cream, and tea tree oil but she has also just started taking homeopathic mix 16 DRAWING which is suppose to draw anything putrid out of the body. There are other mixes to choose from too. Mix 35 WAR is for staph and strep infection and other things. There might be a specific one for mites. Hope this is helpful Lorraine"
12/30/2012: Lizzie from Demodexville, Demodexshire, United Kingdom replies: "Dear Ted, I wondered if you could possibly give me some advice. I made a post a few weeks ago regarding my demodex skin, eyes and mouth problems. Since then my problems have developed with swelling of my glands in my face and neck. I have joint and tissue pain and am very fatigued. The rosacea like symptoms, chills, fever and flushing have got worse. This is as well as my dry eyes, mouth, nose and swollen nasal and upper lip glands. I did read that you said demodex can get into the bloodstream and give you lupus.
My dermatologist does not believe me that I have demodex mites infestation and wants to send me to a psychiatrist for delusional parasitosis - and they will not even perform tests (skin scrapings etc.. ) to prove me wrong. Though I believe due to their inaction that it is now too late. Is there anything I could do to try and cure myself, internally, of these mites that are destroying me?
I know about borax and HC20 for external treatment - but do you have advice for my internal infection? I have been printing out medical journal articles for doctors as they have no knowledge of demodex mites at all. It is so hard and a constant battle. Very grateful in advance for your help. Lizzie"
01/08/2013: Scalphelplonghair from Cocoa Beach, Florida Usa replies: "This sounds exactly what I have. I'm still fighting them on my scalp but my face was so swollen and I realized scratching Nd picking (even though not itchy) made them fall off my scalp to my face and burrow in there causing swelling... I read somewhere that Salilyc acid works so I got some clearasil pads and held them down on them and wAllaaa totally not swollen at all anymore and they are gone. Soaked my head in that a few times too and many get out but my scalp is still infested.. I'm trying te borax h2 o now... But just wanted to let you know the 2% Salilyc acid worked wonders!!! Then get a wipe like a antibacterial wipe and keep wiping... Overnight my face was not swollen!! I hope Ted responds too!!!"
03/03/2013: Christine from Oswego, NY replies: "Hi Lizzie. I am sorry for butting into your conversation. I want to tell you to consider looking into Morgellons Symptoms and Morgellons Syndrome (Disease). Take a moment and view: Morgellons Fiber. You had listed quite a few other health issues and actually play a part in what people now have with Morgellons Syndrome and listed symptoms. Hope this is something that will help you. Stay positive and feel well. Christine."
08/02/2013: Zel from US replies: "I have/had similar issues. I would recommend Extra Virigin Coconut Oil on your scalp with a shower cap. When you wash your hair, use water pressuer, such as under the kitchen sink etc.
Also, take Pure MSM (sulphur) powder internally mixed in your drinks. Take as much as u can handle per day.
Get rid of any fabric type things that u can until the problem is handled."
09/09/2013: Mustardseed from Fairfax, Va replies: "The symptoms you describe is the first time I've heard of someone else suffering the way I do. The torment for me began 7 years ago. My son, now 14 suffers as well but refuses to admit it because of the disgrace and humiliation brought upon me by the medical community and my own family. So, being worried about others is no longer a concern of mine. At first, I went to the doctor in what I concerned an emergency situation so as not to inflict others with what must be contagious. What I was met with astonished and confused me and made me question myself. It also angered me and I pushed-on. Ultimately seeing up to a dozen doctors of various types inspite of the medical professionals' arrogance and disrespect. At this point, I'm now fighting for my sanity.
So, if the doctors say its my nerves, I need a shrink or it's dandruff, allergies, hormones, who am I to argue. Concern for anyone else, out the window. At this point, I'm fighting for my sanity. So, I have become a split person. On the outside , for everyone to see, I have allergies, dandruff, whatever, nothing contagious. Sure, go ahead and think that. There's no other way. The doctors gave you a permission slip. Take it.
On the inside, I know what I know and I will not be made crazy. So, what do I do? I deal with it all alone. I don't talk about it anymore. I never mention it. I just deal with it. I don't get upset or hysterical when I feel movement. Its just one of those things I have to deal with. As long as I don't mention it, the world is happy and I'm "okay. " Moreover, with that stress gone, I start to feel better mentally and other areas of my health improve.
The trick is not to get crazy.
Now, as for what has helped the most: The beginning of my relief started when I learned not to be afraid of touching my hair. When I shampoo I take a section of my hair between my fingers and hand-over-hand slide from root, down and off the hair gently yet repetitively until what's attached is loosened and slides off. Hottest water is key. Usually, it just takes 6-10 slides before I can feel it breaking loose. I don't get "eeked! " or afraid. It won't hurt me. I'm the boss of me and I'm just going to deal with this. There's nothing new under the sun anyway. I just think of it, as they say "nothing" and do the normal cleaning (for me).
I just try to keep things clean and linens fresh using a dryer sometimes without washing.
It is cyclic and some days I wash my hair three times. If I can feel it and its bothering me, I wash it. However, I will never get it all out and I don't try to. I'm sensitive to obsessing and avoid it. It does me no good. I move on and deal.
I'm living with it. I can't possibly ever get it all out of my hair.
My eyes are usually bad every evening. If biting and stinging begins in my eyes, I will wash my hair. Just lean over tub or sink, use hot water and shampoo to soften and pull off the tips and around the edges of hair as much as I can without obsessing. It makes a drastic improvement to the aggitation-factor. After I finish with my hair, I use hot water (as hot as I can stand) and a little soap and vigorously (without hurting myself due to hysterical response), gently wash my face.
Always gently because I'm worth it. I do not let myself get hysterial anymore. I'm living with it because its "normal"
The reason this issue is on the low-down (in my opinion) is because even the doctors are afraid to say it outloud. The eye doctors were the only ones that I believe saw what I was talking about. But they didn't even have the nerve to say it. They treated the "infection" and talked about expensive medicine if it returned after antibiotic eye drops. Another one/another time just nervously laughed. The infectious disease doctor smugly said "I don't see anything I can give you an antibiotic for" The GP said, when I asked him to look in my hair. "I don't think that will help" and he turned away never looking. The GYN told me I should see a shrink in a really nasty tone. The Ear Nose and Throat doctor laughed at me because I didn't put two-and-two together and realize the white marks in the back of my throat were scar tissue from having my tonsils removed when I was five. Nevermind the symptoms that brought me there. They are apparantly of no bearing. The emergency room nurses huddled and snickered as they were looking on and didn't realize I was looking at them They also made some snide remark to my symptoms. The ambulance man was rude the second time he came over. This was in the beginning when I was living in an apartment with an ongoing water leak I for a couple months before being identified. At that time, I was having problems with swelling in my legs and burning on the bottom of my feet and pains in my chest and shortness of breath and sensations of movement all over my limbs and face and body. What jerks! Actually, those are my symptoms still.
My most recent experience a year ago was when the acupuncture professional would not come close to me when I went in to show him my eye. He stayed at the door obviously not wanting to come close. At one point, he started to venture to take a closer look but stayed at least 6 feet away. This is because the prior time I was there, I asked him to get the blood moving in my scalp. Omg. I felt non stop falling out of my head all over my face for how long I was lying there. I told him when he came to unstick me. He laughed politely. Maybe didn't understand me. But then a few months later, when I showed up to ask him to look at my eye, he wouldn't even come near me. hmm.
From it all, I lost my mind, lost my job and lost some friends. Lost my family as far as this issue is concerned. There is no one. It took a while to get my mind back. But for a time, I couldn't even describe my symptoms. I had symptoms like alzheimers and I was alone with my 7/8 year old son. Who likes to agree with everyone else that I'm crazy. Now that he's 14 he uses it against me and I just agree So be it. I know what I know.
My mind has made a pretty-good come back. Although I must keep my behavior in-check. Not allowing obsessing or hysteria; and I don't talk about it because, if I'm going to go out in the world (and I must), I cannot be contagious. I'm going out with the doctors permission slip. Let it be on them. Hell, let the whole world get it as far as I'm concerned!!!
The sadest thing for me is watching my son go after his hair as if he's trying to catch something and go after his face as if he's trying to catch something and wince from the pain when his eye bites him. He avoids sweating therefore going outside and getting exercise. He's lethargic and dizzy when standing up. I've taken him to the doctor on many occassions and they have not found anything wrong. They too questioned my mental state. So my son is living in a state of denial I'm not allowed to discuss with him his health or well-being and definitely not his hair. He won't hear it and gets angry.
So, the answer for me I believe, is in the state of my immune system. Because my inflamation is overall and severe, it is likely bringing me to my demise. I have excess stringy mucous that chokes me whether I'm eating or not. I exercise to cough it out but it is obscene. I have no insurance, can't afford any kind of health care especially not homeopathic and besides that, I think I'd rather die than see another doctor. Except when I get some money I will definitely go back to the acupuncture guy whether he likes it or not. I drink hot lemon water with molasses to clean my liver and I take a spoonful of a daily fiber cleans in my juice to keep things moving out.
The world is afraid to say out loud what some of us have innocently said in hope of receiving help and to save others. So, let the world get it and talk. The doctors being the worst. Too afraid to blaze a trail and go where few doctors have gone before, they are wimps and instead of admitting that they are afraid to say what they think, they turn to patient-bashing. They are jerks. I hope the doctors get it first."
09/11/2013: Ruth Of The Earth from Central New York replies: "Hello!
I hear you! Been there, done that. Your conclusion that we should refrain from acting how we feel is dead on! The world does not want to know. Nor can we ask for help. How sad for everyone else when the time comes for them to acknowledge this. It would be great to find a sure cure by that time, but don't count on it! We are not out to spread the ilk, just survive at this point!
Keep your head up. Presevere. Read. Read. Read. Keep up with the web sites and try something new once in awhile. You are not alone. I wish I had the "cure all" for everyone! Just know we care. God have mercy and bless us all!"
09/12/2013: Susan In San Francisco from San Francisco replies: "I had what I finally decided were demodex mites and treated them with Apple Cider Vinegar (3/4) and Borax Water (1/4). The ACV acts as a carrier and the Borax washes off the waxy protective coating of the eggs. Wash your hair and body and rinse as usual. Towel dry your hair and body and then pour the ACV/Borax water over your hair (making sure to saturate your scalp) and rub it all over your body. You can wrap a towel around your hair and let the body air dry. Don't wipe off the ACV/Borax. It has to dry on the body (it doesn't smell after it dries). I would continue to itch but I ignored the adults (they only have a lifespan of 3 weeks or so anyway) and concentrated on the eggs. I would do this a couple of times a day and I stopped itching in less than a month. I do this every time I take a shower. I haven't had an itch from these things in a couple of years. Good Luck!"
12/18/2013: Zelkyla from Nc replies: "MSM (sulfur) internally should help with your symptoms. Also, a mixture of peppermint and extra virgin coconut oil rubbed into the skin. Spend blocks of time rubbing sections of your skin. MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) in a spray bottle cleared my face."
12/19/2013: Trina from London,uk replies: "Hi, I have been going through the same thing for 5 1/2 years, I was diagnosed with rosacea , but I have never thought it was that, I can feel things crawling under my face and the itch is incredible, every doctor thinks I have lost my mind, I have turned to research as I cant leave my house for long, I have become allergic to everything.
I have just started 2 days ago on 3/4 olive oil and 1/4 tea tree oil, the first night I put it on my face and at midnight woke up to thousands of the demodex mites evacuating my face , it went on for hours , I treated myself the next morning , and again last night , I woke up at 11 pm and the itching crawling went on till 4am , I can not see the mites but I could feel them all running down my face to my chest and into my hair to get away from the tea tree. I have found a websit called whole spectrum that explains all about the demodex mites and how hard it is to get rid of them, I have sent off for there cream and pray to god it works . The life cycle of the mite is around 21 days so most people treat for a couple of days but that is not enought time , you can not kill the eggs so have to wait for them to hatch.
You nead to treat for at least 21 days , people with low immune systems have way to many mites , they take over the body, mine are mostly on my face, my life has been hell for 5 1/2 years, I pray to god for a miracle, god bless you all, Trina."
12/21/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Hi Trina from London, UK
Trina, I have the same problem but MMS has done a marvellous job. When I used it three times in a row, it burned like scabies and I had to make fists so I would not scratch my face as it was also extremely itchy. They were in my eyes and since MMS is good for the eyes they did perish which brought up gritty stuff. That was when they died. You need to spray, let dry and repeat twice. It is the drying process which kills them. Wash with Borax and Dr. Bronner's lavender kastile liquid soap. Don't forget your scalp and include it in your treatment.
According to Ted's advice, make an essential oil lavender barrier so they can't run down your body. In between I use castor oil externally which seems to smother them.
I think my rosacea is gone. I read from testimonies that at least one woman had success, exterminating mites and rosacea through usage with MMS. I expect to keep up my regimen for some time. Borax is very potent indeed, except is drying to the skin even though it seems to improve the skin texture. So I use a moisturizer and sometimes use undiluted apple cider vinegar, too. Variety seems to work well.
Wish you success. Om"
12/30/2013: Tanya from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I completely understand what u r going through I have gone threw the same symptoms as u.. For years.. It's not a everyday problem for me although if I'm under a lot of stress or take medications the unbearable symptoms start itching, rash, tiny bites, swelling of my face the feeling of something invisible slithering up my back or into my hair n wrapping around the roots of my hair to point of me screaming.."
01/07/2014: Healerpealer from South Africa replies: "Stop eating crap and take Diatomaceous Earth food grade swallow it in a glass of water with 2 teaspoons 3 times daily for a week. Sprinkle it on everything in your home beds clothes etc leave for a day or two vacuum. Repeat until gone. Don't be lazy research it. Do it with your doctors consent. This stuff is cheap as flour."
01/09/2014: Karen from Manchester, Uk replies: "Dear Mustardseed, I have been suffering with all the exact same symptoms as you for at least 7 years now. I also recieved the exact same response from numerous doctors I visited. ie.. Local walk in health centre, My local GP, and after they told me I was imagining things and it just wasnt possible that any parasite could live in human eyes, nose, mouth , skin etc I ended up going to hospital on the verge of going insane and having a nervous breakdown, to be treated much the same as you by your accupuncture doc. The doctor that came to see me first in the cubicle stood on the opposite side of the room, at least 6 feet away and told me he couldnt see anything in my eyes, and I was imagining it all. At this point I went histeriical demanding to see some1 else and refusing to leave, which just isnt in my nature usually, I hate to cause a scene. The doctor told me he could maybe find the "tropical diseases doctor" for me and ask her to take a look at me. I said yes please find her now, , she came to see me and was a lovely woman and she managed to calm me down by showing a lot more concern and asking about my recent health before this itching, crawling thing started. I told her that I had had a very stressfull year so far actually, that started with me finding out I was pregnant at the beggining of March and on going for my 12 wk scan in May it was found that I had had a misscarriage the baby wasnt growing or alive. I got taken in for a D and C. after this things went from bad to worse with everything, my relationship, my work, our social life all for different reasons but very traumatic. It was now the end of August and id had this thing for couple of months , she explained to me very calmly and sensitively , that under such stress the body and mind can play enormous tricks on you and make you really edgey and especially when your tired , not sleeping properly because of stress your eyes also play tricks, I wasnt going insane I was highly stressed out very understandably considering the things that had happened to me so far that year. she was very sympathetic and concerned and went on to tell me that it was true there wasnt any parasites in the UK that live on humans in the eyes etc, , but of course there is a first time for everything, and she would keep an open mind and if this kept on and I could manage to catch any of these things crawling on me eg.. with sticky tape or in a container I could come back and she would gladly take a look. My partner had already stormed off and was pacing outside waiting to go, he told me I was crazy from the start of all this and I needed help, looked at me every day like I was mad, convinced my 3 sons I was losing my marbles and had no sympathy what so ever. I felt calmer after talking to the tropical diseases doctor because she at least offered to listen and acted concerned and also offered me an explanation as to why all this could be happening or seem to be happening and didnt call me insane. So I thanked her , shook her hand and left although I still wasnt 100%% convinced. After that day my partner wouldnt listen to me about it at all, the boys (my sons who were still very young, too young to even begin to understand plus I didnt understand myself, they thought it was quite funny that mum thought her hair was alive, and moved on its own and would catch hairs or black specks etc on sticky tape, , I would bath or shower for hours with bottles of teatree oil and combs , when I used tea tree I could feel things coming out of my skin and it stung , it hurt but I still couldnt see anything, I used to come out of the bathroom absolutley drained and sobbing , and then after hours of combing my hair and scrubbing and pain id feel a sudden movement on my head and id jump and scream and think nothing is working. I used to mop for hours making sure I got every speck of my white tiles in the kitchen , every day and every night so carefully and then quickly shove the mop bucket out of the door and slam it shut. one night after doing all this I accidently knocked the bucket over after just finishing getting every tiny dot up and I screamed and went histerical and ran because it was all back over the floor swimming , I was devastated. I used to be worse when every1 else was in bed and could feel things shooting about on my skin and would scream out , I remember my eldest son who was a teenager at the time coming into my room saying "mum whats wrong ??" I said nothing love, just go back to sleep but was sobbing unconrollably and shaking my head jumping around. I "was" starting to go crazy, I was petrified of this thing but I swore to myself I could never go to the hospital or doctors again because so many people where starting to think I was mad and to be told your imagining these things that are so real was even more traumatic. I searched on the web for anything about it and after so long I found only 1 site that sounded the same symptoms and even though it didnt really offer any kind of cure just helpful tips it was a kind of relief to think I wasnt alone in this thing, others were experiencing the same symptoms and the same response from family and medical people. It went on for months and months maybe years , I cant remember exactly how long now that id try every day to rid my house and body of this thing until eventually I somehow learned to be calm just like you, stop being scared of it, stop torturing myself thinking I was going to pass it on to others because there was nothing I could do to stop it because no-body believed me, I felt and still feel , , I cant help it but they will all believe when they have it and I feel for them, really. And like you I hope the doctors get it 1st , nasty I know but how nasty were they making my family and friends think I was mad and ruining my life and not even trying to help. I split from my partner of 10 years and my life has changed so much , but I dont obcess about it any more , I have the odd day when I get sucked in by it if it feels stronger than usual ie.. if I havent slept properly or am a little poorly thats when it can creep up and try to take over again, its always there. I just live with it now, I have a terrible memory these days , really really bad, bad concentration, bad circulation , my hands turn blue and stone cold, the doctor says its carpell tunnel syndrome, my muscles ache and limbs ache to the point my bones they feel almost broken sometimes. I started having breathing problems a couple of yrs ago suddenly when we had snow and a freezing winter, my daily walk which has never troubled me is now a mission and I get home sweating and gasping for breath. im on anti-depressants , have been for over 4 years now and the doctor says iits likely I will be on them for rest of my life. ive never mentioned the itchy crawly thing since to him tho and I never will. I catch things from my hair and under stong magnifying glass I can see they have a hook at front and 2 at the back, identical to dog ear mites , I get them from my hair, eyes , nose, mouth, skin , everywhere. now I have read on a site about morrgellons disease about a cure for this. There are hundreds of sites talking about this illness now not like when I 1st searched and there was just the 1, and I found something a couple of years ago, that sounded to good to be true, I thought to myself maybe this could help me get rid of this thing. I ordered it and iv got to say it is quite amazing stuff although didnt rid completely obviously, , did help greatly and I think if used regularly and more intensely it could maybe rid, , plus recently I was looking at other sites selling the same thing and found the 1 I mention above about morgellons disease and it offers a cure to all our symptoms using this stuff, ive not tried yet I think becaause im soo scared that it wont work and my hopes will be shattered for good, but am going to try it soon. The stuff im talking about is called Colloidal silver and was used for yrs and yrs for health , to cure illnesses and well being before anti-biotics came about. You may of heard of it before , you really need to go and read about this stuff and try it too, please let me know what you think. For now google Colloidal silver and read as much as poss about it before you order because some versions are better than others , just read up a little b4 you decide if your going to order. I did have the page/site offering the cure recipe etc bookmarked but my laptop completely broke down, this is my new laptop but im sure it wont be that hard to find again so ill do that very soon and post the link to you if you want to have a look, good luck and god bless to all going through this nightmare , , karen xxx"
01/10/2014: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Karen, from Manchester, UK. My heart goes out to you. I have put out a post, read that. If it is a consulation for you, I have been thrown out of a spiritual community for doing animal welfare even though I am clean, attractive, intelligent, etc., etc., it all won't help, people have their ideas. So, I am untouchable! Hey I like being "outside" of it. So are some of my long suffering colleagues.
Also remember: this all is a chance for spiritual growth and 'THIS TOO SHALL PASS'. You will get rid of them. After all, your mind is pure, your Self is pure - who cares about ignorasmusses?? Love, Om"
02/03/2014: Susan from San Francisco replies: "I had a mite infestation (self-diagnosed). I read that the life cycle of a demodex mite is around 3 weeks so I decided to concentrate on the eggs. I washed my hair and body and towel dried my hair and rinsed it with Borax saturated water (around 1/4) and Apple Cider Vinegar (around 3/4). You must leave the vinegar in the hair (it only smells as long as the hair is wet). Then I towel dried my body and rubbed the Borax and ACV on and waited until it dried. Then you can lotion your skin (I use Coconut Oil) and get dressed. I did this 2-3 times a day my first two weeks. I had a hard time tolerating the crawling sensation on my face but that disappeared after about 2-3 weeks. I use this Borax and ACV concotion on my hair and body every time I bathe (every 1-3 days). No more mites. The ACV is a carrier and the Borax washes the waxy protective coating off of the mite eggs. Good Luck!"
03/11/2014: Mary from Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Hi Susan from San Francisco: I am so glad for you got rid of this nightmare. I am going through it myself. I am wondering a few things. Firstly, how much borax went into the 1/4 cup water, 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar? Also did you use the good organic vinegar? Or just the grocery store stuff? Did you leave the ACV water borax on your skin or did you rinse it off. It looks like you did not rinse. Did it hurt.
SKIN MITES/SCABIES CAN'T BE ERADICATED
08/20/2012: J from An Old Hotel: "Dear Ted... You are my last hope. I came in contact with skin mites (scabies) sometime in late June. I never pinpointed the source of my infection... I stayed at a very old hotel but also went on a shopping spree and tried on clothes. It could have happened in either setting. The problem was exacerbated by the misdiagnosis. By the time I had a proper diagnosis I was suffering from hundreds of bites. I tried pemethrin treatment (topical lotion) 4 times. I felt sick after the 3rd treatment and vowed to never coat my skin with this drug after the 4th application. The pemethrin seemed to halt further bites for 3 days, then the bites would start again with renewed vengeance. I was extremely careful with my laundry, never wearing any garment twice and washing clothes with ammonia and borax plus very hot water and lengthy drying spells. I became physically exhausted after doing this for about 45 days... I slept on a air mattress which I sprayed with insect killer every day. I sprayed my vehicle with bug killer. I sprayed my body with bleach water, windex, peroxide repetitively.
I was desperate. Finally in my exhaustion (by now I had lost $1000's of dollars due to lost work and broke a washer and expensive cleaning agents) I tried Ivermectin. It seemed to halt the scabies for a full 2 weeks. I took Ivermectin 3 times but now the scabies are back. I am nearly suicidal. I have tried every toxic and natural remedy..tea tree oil, peppermint oil, salt bath, bleach baths, windex baths. The worst problem was that the mites seemed to lodge on my scalp... Please, PLEASE help me. I am now taking the borax drink, on my second day. I am a 44 year old female and weigh approx 124 lbs and am 5'6". I believe that I am also struggling with yeast issues as I have been on Minocycline for about 6 years (an antibiotic treatment for severe arthritis) Do you have any advice Ted?"
08/20/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "There are a couple of remedies that can help, but you may have trouble getting them. I will start with the easiest to acquire and go down the list:
1. 3% H2O2 is mixed in saturated borax solution, then dilute the mixture to 1% by adding to the original solution, which is one part 3% to 2 parts water. This will get you 1% H2O2 and the solution is applied on the head. Most scabies and Morgellon's make their living in the hair. That is the source of most of them. Apply as if it is a shampoo daily or wash the head and body daily.
2. EDTA (tetrasodium EDTA) is one tablespoon mixed in 500 cc of water. This can be used as a shampoo, however it can be used as a replacement for all bath soaps. The EDTA will sting on skin opening so rinse them not leaving too long. This may not exactly eliminate them, but it does help eliminate fungus--vital for small insects survival (I also suspect that it is possible Morgellon's so is seen as helpful).
3. Gamma Benzene Hexachloride 1%, mixed in appropriate base cream. There seems to be a worldwide epidemic for this unknown scabies or whatever, and this seems to do a fantastic job of eliminating them overnight (of course the treatment may call for one week). In fact this is THE Remedy I use in Bangkok for these unknown skin insects.
4. D-limonene (or orange oil or lemon oil) 5% ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol 95%, seems to make a great insecticide for the bed. Permethrin causes neurological damage, and they accumulate in the body somehow, causing a loss of appetite and seems to damage the neuroendocrine system. There is no known treatment officially, but I found that plain distilled vinegar taken orally seems to do a good job, for the most low level antidote for this.
There are many things I don't mention in postings because each individual has their unique biochemical situation. If there is anything that will help energy, then methylene blue 0.1% 4 to 8 drops in morning and 4 to 8 drops at lunch time, to help with toxicity, B50, and selenium 200 to 600 mcg per day to help with liver toxicity issues from permethrin poisoning that you may have.
To get rid of tiny microscopic insects in the environment (it maybe Morgellon's, from the your description) you may use EDTA solution (tetrasodium), 1% and borax 2% in a water spray to spray the premises. This may help the problem somewhat on Morgellon's, or Scabies in general. So I am just covering the bases here to cover most conditions. If we are dealing with larger insects, d-limonene (or orange oil or lemon oil) 1% will do the job.
Minocycline for about 6 years (an antibiotic treatment for severe arthritis) Do you have any advice Ted??
As far as severe arthritis, I think Doxycycline works better, but overall, all antibiotics with possible exception of erythromycin, cause side effects and produce neurological damage. I would rather do something really easy, first say DMSO 30 grams mixed with hyaluronic acid 0.25 grams, used as a dropper and applied to the joints first as a quick first aid for the joint. Longer term I prefer to used myristin, but if that is hard to obtain then maybe 1% castor oil in DMSO might do the job, but at less therapeutic value, but anyway taking MSM 1000 mg x 6 may do some good, but that will take a month.
10/02/2012: Guest from Cedar Falls, Ia replies: "Gamma benzene hexachloride is Lindane. Read about it before you use it."
12/14/2013: Been There from Toronto Canada replies: "Mites are a very real and growing problem. Here are some solutions that may help you. First use vinegar and water half and half to wash down all walls ceiling fixtures and baseboards. Make sure you do your furniture and that means removing clothes that you don't wear often and bagging them. You must wipe down the inside of dressers and cabinets as well as the outside. Next vacuum the entire house and pick up Walmart's flea and tick carpet dust and mix this with borax- it acts as an excellent miticide. Sprinkle and sweep this product over rugs (which should be removed and bagged if you can) and leave the product on the floor for two weeks. Vacuum and repeat again. You will need to do this for up to three months!!!! Mites, and it depends on which one you have, are notoriously difficult to kill without an exterminator.
For your body use dawn dish soap, yes you can shower with it and make sure you use a scrub brush and this means your hair brush should be placed into a container of salt and baking soda to ensure the mites won't be transmitted back to your head or be allowed to reproduce. It is important to switch products. Do not bath because it seems to be ineffective from my experience however not knowing the species do what you think is working for you. The next night use a coal tar shampoo like denorex then switch to 1 tspl of baking soda with 6 tablespoons of salt in a one litre container and remember to use that scrub brush also to clean it and let it dry out! If you are in agony after you scrub down rub your body with your hands with rubbing alcohol (do not get this in your eyes but I have used it on my head-works well) It will not be great when you do it but it will pull any mites off your skin, remember your hands are the best for rubbing your skin and getting these things to come loose. Many mites have hooks. Fungus and bacteria can be a result of some of the processes of mites so I use a fungicidal shampoo like nizorol in the mix. Also a product that is all natural called concrobium and has worked well for me. I used it half and half and rubbed it all over my body. I also used it full strength on my face with no ill effects. You must shower every day!!!!!! You can not wear your clothes more than once then unfortunately it must go into the laundry. Borax and hot water or Borax and cold but only if you can hang your clothes outside and in the full sun or freezing temperatures.
So sorry hope this helps."
Bird Mites Vs. Demodectic Mites
05/27/2012: Mariam from Rome, Italy: "What do demodex mites feel like? What do bird mites feel like? How is it possible to tell if you one type of infestation or another? My scalp and face is extremely itchy, and my scalp is red and inflamed. When I leave my shoulder-length hair down, I feel bite and stings on my neck that leave marks. When I run a few strands of hair through my fingers, there is always a residue of something that feels like sand, and often it is a tiny black or brown speck. I also feel this sandy material on my face, in particular the bridge of my nose and on my chin. I have the same sandy particles coming from my nose. Sometimes the residue is white, sometimes black/brown. I also find this sandy residue around my eye lashes. Can you actually feel the demodex mite or would this have to be another kind of mite? I have had swab test done in my nostils and scalp that did not show any parasites. But I have no idea what this sandy like material is on my face, hair, eyes and in my nostrils. I also have the crawly itchy sensation on my face, scalp and skin, worse at night and especially in front of the computer, though I don't feel the crawling while I am sleeping, or at least it doesn't keep me awake. Thanks for your assistance."
10/16/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "That's weird. I just noticed this too (the last couple of days). I noticed it gets worse in front of the computer too. I am going to try P___ cold cream on my face and Listerine in my ears with tissue stuff in them and see if I can't smother some of them that way. Tonight, I did see a couple of white specks around my lashes and my hair. OMG."
10/22/2012: Justinfromnowhere from New Orleans, La replies: "I weirdly had a problem with bird mites. There is only one way to get them off you it is to use a shampoo with a coal tar, they will be completely washed off. Detrematious earth works well for keeping them at bay, I bought alot of stuff from a gentlemen that gets his pesticides from Africa as well. The best way to beat them is time. If you can treat your house and leave for awhile they will die in a few weeks."
MUSTARD POWDER DOESN'T SEEM TO COMPLETELY BE RESOLVING MITES
03/16/2012: Kk from Windsor On, On Canada: "I have tried bathing in mustard powder 3 times a day and everytime hundreds maybe thousands of what looks like eggs or larvae literally coming out of my skin. And it is like that EVERY time take a bath with the mustard powder and it is still not helping. Find the white larvae or eggs everywhere on my clothes they are even in my nose. please help. Have a 9 month old son!"
Dust Mites in My Sinuses!
03/11/2012: Dave from Riverside, Ca. United States: "About 2 months ago I decided to look for items in a storage shed that had not been cleaned in years. I used a dust mask but it was not an effective one. Afterwards I started having problems with my sinuses! Mucus and stuffy nose. I believe I could have gotten infected with dust mites.
Does anyone know how I can get rid of these dust mites in my sinuses? I have tried allergy medication and it doesn't work?
I would appreciate any help. Thanks."
Does Bedding Need to Be Treated with Mite Infestation?
02/10/2012: Georgia from Bisbee, Az: "I am going to be trying the suggestions here, borax, HP, etc. However I wonder about these mites. Do they only breed on the skin, or do they also infect bedding? If they do then bedding would have to be treated also. I didn't see this addressed and would appreciate any thoughts about it. Thanks... Georgia"
TED'S ADVICE REGARDING MITE INFESTATION
04/15/2011: N. : "Hi there, Ted. I really respect the knowledge that you share on theEarth Clinic website and have learned a lot from you. You're very patient, and thank God you repeat yourself. You're a great guy.
I have mites, I think. My 2 cats show NO signs of mange but scratch constantlyaround their head and ears and they do not have fleas orallergies. Not bedbugs, either. It's much worse atnight, but the days are not very good either. This has gone on for 5 months or more. They've been on Selamectin and Ivermectin for 2.5 months. No sitings or samples of mites. I've seen 2 entomologists, 5 pest control companies, and two animal vets.
I itch, too, especially when I touch the cats! But now, even when they are not around, I itch almost everywhere else too: in bed, sitting on couches, at the computer. I think they're in my clothes! And I've had several bites, mostly around my upper torso, back and arms. I also have patches of dandruff, dry skin where it itches, even when there are no visible bites. I can feel things walking on my face at night and around my nose. Yuk! I have to treat for mites!!
I'm trying to get information regarding amounts for the Borax/H2O2 solution if the CLOTHES WASHER HOLDS 20 GALLONS to fill it up. Do I add HUGE amounts of both ingredients? Do I need to soak the clothes for awhile first?
WHEN I ISOLATE AND DIP THE CATS:Will it kill them if they lick it a lot or should I put lamp shades over their heads while they dry off? Since they have no mange (yet), I'd like to fill a verylarge bucket with the remedy and just dip them (submergethem up to their necks) once a day in it. Can it be used more than once?(If it can, I'll make a huge batch of it to use for a fewdays.) I will spray my mattresses, furniture, floors, andcounters.Wash everything. Even the car now. Me too, of course.
Use the same measurements/ratio in the remedy as the big bucket for the cats?
NOTE: One website said that the life cycle of certainmites, Cheyletiella, is 21 days. Can I isolate the cats (with treatment), move somewhere else (withtreatment), and wait it out??? Will my house be okay in amonth or so? I'm too tired to care sometimes. No help. Running outof money and ideas. I've imposed a self-quarantine so I'm always home now. If you have suggestions or wisdom, please let me know. I'd appreciate it greatly."
04/17/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "You can use it more than once. But I may add 5 tablespoon per gallon of ammonia chloride so this will guarantee it to be stronger. Also H2O2 maybe weak with each application. so it is best to add a half of that. But I think you have to limit it to 3-4 applications as the solution get used up. Since you dont see mange try to use magnesium hydroxide 5% in water or milk of magnesia and apply for 3- 5 minutes and wash it may help.
N. responds, "Ted,
If it is Cheyletiella mites, will the H2O2/Borax treatment work? You have said that it does not work so well on the larger mites. Is this Cheyletiella a larger mite?
I'd hate to use it if it's the wrong treatment or an ineffective treatment. I plan on dipping my cats once or twice a week for 8 weeks, along with using it around the house and on myself. If I should, I'll use the lime-sulphur dip, but I want to use whatever is the best for this situation.
I've been taking 1/8 tsp per day too.
What do you think?
Ted replies, "You just have to use more of borax and H2O2 to work with larger mites and also spray the premises. It maybe necessary to do it at least once a day dipping and spraying."
05/25/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma.usa replies: "Cheyletiella is called a walking dandruff.
I wrote several messages on my kittens progress, she was a great trooper weak in size and physical being, but mentally strong, I had to do these borax and peroxide treat. every other day for close to four months because she was so very infested & malnurished because the mites take all the nutrients from the animals, these mites are just like vampires. I then found the baby mites were not ready to die or leave these treatments no matter what I did, so I went to the drug store and bought some lotion for head lice;do not leave it on any longer than four minutes, if that does not completely work try it again later on in the week, but it worked that one time for my kitten thankfully. If you can give her rich cat food, I was giving her Paul Newmans can cat food, number one best food, she is so fat now when she goes to jump up she falls off, but she is only fat because she was fed ten to twelve times a day, being way too thin etc. Good luck"
Wood Floor Mites - Help Needed
09/04/2008: Blanche Wiggins from Erial, New Jersey: "HELP need advice for iradication I have hard wood floors mites: I need advice and recipes for cleaning total house and bathing. been everywhere, tried almost the regular stuff, plus exterminator. please almost 60days dermatologists says its freckles but they dont bite"
09/08/2008: Dianna from Olympia, WA replies: "go to this web site, it is full of useful info on mites and getting rid of them. http://www.birdmites.org/
hope that it helps."
Bumps on Face
12/06/2007: shari l from ocean springs, ms: "Ever since Katrina hit we had some military personel stay with us for a a week 3 weeks after Katrina. For recovery efforts. Ever since, my 2 children and I have been to numerous doctors and hospitals trying to find a diagnosis for our problems. We were told its probably scabies and to bathe in rid. After spending so much time and money we don't have trying to cure ourselves I have given up. Some doctors told me that it was in my head. One day I attempted to bust one of the pimple looking things. But it was so hard so I got a sewing pin to bust it where I could drain it. Thats when it turned into a boil. I squeezed it for at least 2 hours with nothing but blood and puss coming out of it.The scarey thing is I do not know what this is. I know that we are contageous because when I surround myself around people in public and friends almost immediately I see them itching. I feel guilty for this because I wish' I could prevent it. I don't know what to do. I locked my 2 kids and I up in the house for several months. Praying for a cure to this. I did not want to see my friends and humiliation made me bite my tongue not to tell them. But now the more I go out in our community I see more and more people with these bumps on there face. My friends and family are now infected. We need help!I don't know what to do! I am frightened uncomfortable and a plaqin feeling of hopelessness If this helps anyone try to diagnose this, you mainly itch on the top of your scalp and your face and when you are hot.Please post this to questions on this site!!!!!!!!"
12/08/2007: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "to Shari from Ocean Springs, Ms. re rash from probable scabies -
12/06/07 - I know a good old Southerner has to know or at least know someone who knows what poke sallet or pokeweed is - the "old folks remedy for scabies & other infestations was boiling pokeweed root in water & bathing infected areas with that water (after removing the root of course) although it is too late to find the living plant, you can still locate the root by digging under the dead stalks - I have never tried this but my 71 year old brother tells me he remembered hearing about it and boiled a root up for his daughter who was in the same boat you are now in -( "help" no money for medical bills)a few years back - He laughed as he recalled how efficacious it was.' He said "she complained that it set her on fire" when she bathed in it but it sure got rid of her problem.
For more instant relief of itching (scalp & elsewhere) try wetting a wash cloth & rubbing all that itches with straight apple cider vinegar (can usually be found around here in Save-a-Lot groceries for approximately $2 a gallon -just don'tget either of these in your eyes and make sure that no one drinks that poke root water as all that I've read states poke root is poison - but then I've been taking pokeberries, which I grew up believing to be poison, for 30+ years now and am still alive, kicking & complaining - for that infected boil you mentioned - hot epsom salts compresses 4 times a day should get rid of the problem (2 lb. box of that can be found in local Dollar Tree stores for $1. Just mix about l/4 cup to 1quart of boiling water and use thick wash cloth for compress as soon as it cools enough for you to wet the cloth & loosely wring it out without burning your hands -another thing that you might try is using a lot of garlic in your cooking- it works to keep chiggoes & ticks off when trekking through our beautiful hills so it just might make any other little critters find your body less tasty PS-vinegar will also cure impetigo caused by streptococcus bacteria."
10/01/2010: Brygivrob from Escondido, Ca replies: "Was just listening to Alex Jones and Dr. Rock about DU, and the poor military personnel that are exposed can pass the stuff on to others; u may want to try to find out if that is part of your prob; God forbid and God bless"
02/22/2014: Infohappy from La replies: "There was a guy Interiewed on Coast to Coast radio he know how to test for Morgellons as well as how to cure Morgellons I would look him up pronto."
02/27/2014: Mary from Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Were you referencing Tony Panterlleresco? He has a channel on youtube called www.herbsplusbeadworks.com and teaches people how to use herbs and vitamins minerals to cure all kinds of ailments. Youtube has a really good interview on the Patric Timpone show."
09/18/2007: A from South Lake Tahoe, CALIFORNIA: "Reading some of your e-mails, i am trying to find out what really works to kill/control/repel ear mites. Since there are so many kind of these mites, does anyone know of zoonosis? Not only does the pet get them, but some people like myself (documented proof at UC Davis on file), how do you try to live a normal life with your pets? Anyone out there know the answer? I have tried all the above, or have heard of them, but chemicals are dangerous, so I'll pass on the vets opinion, use natural products, or stuff like mineral oil, Not nice to Lice shampoo, another thing that works is DermaTechRX also. That is my arsenal, any suggestions?"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Zoonosis is a disease that can be passed from animals to humans happens very often in mites. The one that works well for for me on mites tested is the borax solution, or a more stronger borax dissolved solution in 1% hydrogen peroxide, using cotton swabs.
I will add enough borax until it no longer dissolves itself and use only the liquid portions. Other ones varies in effect such as neem oil, boric acid solution, for example."
Problems After Dining at Seaside Restaurant
09/06/2007: J from West Palm Beach, FL: "i ate dinner on sat nite at a seaside restaurant, outdoors . the bugs got me . . good !!! got home monday and notice many many red spots all over my feet, calves, and now they're up and down my arms . the itching is driving me nuts . i've tried a peppermint oil foot rub that i had , ,and it helps only for 10 min or so . i have been taking acv and bkng soda for several wks now .. tonight i put acv directly on the red spots. . this afternoon, i tried putting h202 directly on them . . no affect at all .help . .a friend suggested that there might have been bedbugs in the hotel we stayed at . tho my husband hasnt' had an itching problem . . just tried licking some sea salt off m y hand , and drinking some acv and bkng soda water .. . no help so far. .PLEASE .. SOMEBODY !!! H E L P ...."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The remedy for mites infestation is a topical application of saturated borax in a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. Plus I would add 1/4 or 1/8 teaspoon of borax in a one liter of drinking water. Or if some people have difficulties, 2-4 tablespoons of borax in 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide solution. I would allow a couple of minutes for the solution to dissolve as I stir the solution and will apply to the area of the skin.
This is the only one remedy against that has worked for me well and it also worked well with the dog mange. Originally the dog mange remedy was actually a remedy I used for mites infestation in the past. There are other remedies that may work just the same, but this is the simplest one."
Help Needed to Remove Mites
08/22/2007: B : "re: Skin mites (Demodex mites) on human skin. Need help desperately. Dear Ted, Is there any way / remedies to remove, preferrably KILL all these mites especially eggs on my skins? My scalp is fine - no problem there, but my skin all over my body is not (except my face which is consider no problem now). Normally it's the other way round where peeps got on both their scalp and face. The little sting and itch and crawl can be unbearable at times. I tired boric acid (we don't have Borax oevr here) bath with sulphur...just so-so. Pls help. Thanks in advance!!"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The best way is to neutralize the boric acid with baking soda, until the pH paper indicates alkalinity of the color blue. Then this is mixed to a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution and applied to the skin area. The KEY IS THE hydrogen peroxide, which attacks the eggs to by blowing them up while the borax acts as a insect stomach poison.
Applying orange oil 30% in alcohol solutions can also kill the mites insect just as effectively. Both alcohol and orange oil are insecticidal anyway.
There are other ways to deal with this such a solution of tannic acid can practically denature all of the mites just as effectively. The solution is seen as 1 tablespoon of tannic acid in about 1 cup of water, would be diluted enough that it won't be too drying to the skin, but will kill the eggs as tannic acid attacks the protein of the eggs by transforming them to leather like substance much like the tanning leathers."
09/22/2011: Jan from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma replies: "I just sent you a message concerning microscopic ticks on my scalp. I don't know if it went through. I need help to get rid of these things. I have check with 2 or 3 drs. And they don't see anything. But, they are deffinitely there. The itch for them is very bad. I have tried different things on my head, nothing gets rid of them, but my hair is falling out by the handfulls. I thing I got them from my little dog who slept with me, and picked us something black on her belly, I thought it was just dirt and brushed it off. I think it turned out to be ticks, because I have tried lice treamtment andthey don't even phase the itching. It's really a big serious problem. Please help immediately. Thanks."
12/20/2012: Ann from Umm, Mn. replies: "Not that you have scabies, , , (microscopic ding ding)but these essential oils kills them, , essential lemon, orange and tea tree oil and lavender oil mixed together. 40 drops each of lemon, orange ande tea tree and at least 60 drops of lavender oil essential of course. Add 30 - 40 of essential lime oil and oooo! Um um um, , , after a shower, but its the citrus if you are wearing it do not go out into the sun, , , it WILL give you brown spots.
Tea tree oil, essential lavender oil and eucalyptus oil kills dust mites. I have read lemon oil does also but I dont think it is as effective s the above."
01/13/2013: Bill T from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "Ted, my wife and I have been suffering with mites of some nature for the past 3 months. Cant see anything but can feel them crawling and have very small red bites, they are driving us nuts and now I am scared of MD now that I have read about it.
I read about your topical spray, ... is that straight Hydrogen Peroxide and borax mixed together? Then sprayed on your skin? Thats what I have done tonight, how often should I put that on?
Also, what is your internal recomendation? I have started drinking 1/4 teaspoon of Borax and Baking soda.
Please let me know what I can do. My wife, daughter and Parents all have this now. They came over for Christmas and they all have it now. Since they just started symptoms in the last week is there something they should do?
Thanks so much for your help.
Diaper Rash Cream, Borax
07/18/2007: Molly from Kenai, Alaska: "Re: "folliculitis"/mite infection in scalp/skin--using borax solution with some success. About 6 months ago, 5 out of 7 members of our family came down with a couple of strange red bumps. They seemed like flea bites or something similar. I wondered what they were, treated the bumps with tea tree oil, and they all disappeared. ...Except, that is, for mine, which were on my back so went unnoticed for a couple weeks. Soon, my back was *covered* in these weird red bumps. They were like large zits, except that they never formed an actual head (and if you tried to "pop" them, you would only get blood). At first, I thought maybe we had a bed bug infection, as the bites did itch and were painful. Then, I wondered if it was MRSA.
I tried EVERYTHING I could possibly think of on my back (ACV, raw honey, tea tree oil, Thieves essential oils, sea salt and epsom salt baths, anti-fungal creams, even a round of antibiotics for MRSA! I mean, I tried all the natural remedies I know of (quite a few!), as well as an all raw diet for 4 weeks, a juice fast...I mean, you name it, I've tried it, including a parasite cleanse (from humaworm.com which was very effective in every other way, might I add).
I felt great from doing all the cleanses, but the bumps STILL were there. :( The bumps simply did NOT respond to all my remedies like a fungal, viral, or bacterial problem would...I mean, anything viral, fungal, or bacterial should have been LONG dead. I was absolutely STUMPED.
I finally discovered that medicinal strength Lavender Oil worked and so did Oil of Oregano, and so smothered my back with that and the bumps FINALLY (and very slowly) stopped coming and began healing up.
But...then, worst nightmare, they began sprouting in my scalp!!!!
What worked on my back wasn't possible for my scalp, because it is VERY difficult to "smother" a scalp in medicinal strength essential oil without going through an entire (expensive!) bottle of essential oil at a time! All the hair gets in the way and soaks up the oil, and so one $30 bottle of oil is gone in no time, and I don't have the ability to afford that kind of cure! I was at a real loss for what to do aside from shave my scalp (which I still might end up doing, if I can't find a cure any other way---though as a woman, this will be ONLY if I can't cure this any other way). The bumps began appearing on my face and neck too, making me want to freak out even more.
That was when I stumbled on an accidental cure... I was out of lavender and oil of oregano, having used them all up on my head, so on a whim, I put some diaper cream on the bumps around my chin (I have one child still in diapers, hence the diaper rash ointment) and after a few applications, the bumps WENT AWAY! This was amazing, because the only thing up to this point that worked was the lavender and oregano oil, BUT those took a couple weeks to do the job!
So I looked at the ingredients in the baby diaper creme and it had zinc oxide and boric acid in it.
Googling boric acid is actually what led me to this site, where I discovered a thing called MITES (which sounded just like what I had!) and how they are killed by using boric acid in the form of borax. Walla! A whole lot of unanswered questions about my strange problem started getting answered. So the first thing I want to say to you is THANK YOU. :)
My second question is this. I've been using the hydrogen peroxide and borax combo for a couple months now. I notice definite improvement, but I'm still dealing with the mites.
I also began using Ponds Cold Cream on my face, since that slowly suffocates the mites, as well as giving my face a borax/peroxide rinse once a week (only once a week since it is so drying). I haven't had a bump on my face since I started that, however I did start getting them inSIDE my nose! Talk about nuts! I guess the mites ran there for cover. I started putting the borax/peroxide solution in my nose, just rubbing it in with my finger, and am noticing improvement, though if I'm not diligent, I still get bumps there. In fact, the first time I realized they'd gone into my nose, I just put the diaper cream up my nose...and about 3 hours later, had the itchiest nostrils ever! I swear I could feel them running out of my nose, as I felt these itchy slow trickles following trails out of my nostrils and going various directions OUT of my nostrils. It was SO weird! I killed the "trails" quickly with an orange cleaner spray I have--I sprayed it onto my hand and rubbed it all around my nose, wiped it off about 5 minutes later and didn't experience any more itching or "trails" exiting.
As far as my head goes, my scalp is feeling really tender from the drying effects of the borax/peroxide, so that's a real bummer. I currently use the borax/peroxide solution 2-4 times a week. Specifically, I mix about 3 Tablespoons borax with 1/3 cup (3%) peroxide and 2/3 cup water. Using a large bowl as a basin, I soak my scalp thoroughly in this, and also run it down my neck, ears, nose, forehead and the top part of my back, just in case.
Half of the time, I'll sleep with the solution in, and half the time I'll rinse it out after an hour or two. When I sleep with the solution, I usually wake up with my scalp feeling like it's burning, hence why I don't sleep with it in all the time.
Since learning that orange oil also kills mites, I've tried using Orange TKO on my head, as per someone's recommend on a mange page on your site, but it doesn't seem to help nearly as much as the borax does...though maybe I'm not using it right.
ANYways, I have a hunch that we somehow got into some weird mites from somewhere... The rest of my family doesn't appear to be infected with them like I am, as the bumps never really came back on any of them. I seem to be the only one that the mites decided they liked. I was just wondering if it's safe to continue doing the borax soaks for this long? It's been 2, almost 3 months now, and I'm hoping that I'm not poisoning myself! I'm having to do the soaks so often that I'm afraid to take the Borax internally, too, worried that I may already be overdosing just from what my skin absorbs.
I was also wondering if you had any words of wisdom or have had any experiences with anyone dealing with a mite infestation like this...meaning, how long is "normal" to get rid of them???? I'm so jealous of the *dogs* who get mange---I mean, it sounds like their mange clears up fairly fast. :)
THANK YOU so much for all of your help. The medical community gave up after their anti-fungal and their antibiotics didn't work, and told me I must be allergic to something and to just learn to deal with it. Argh~~! I'm so thankful for people like you and those who write in, people who share your knowledge for the rest of us to benefit from. Keep up the good work!!! "
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Molly: First off there are many other people who have bumps like yours (all over their body but without the acne head) and when they apply lavender oil the mites run for cover by moving themselves to other areas. The mites are loosely called Morgellon's disease, but I prefer to call them mites or nanoinsects, due to its size being peculiarly smaller than a dog mange.
This is why if a mites were present that an aroma oils (lavender oil) set up a barrier to prevent them from spreading to the head (by applying lavender oil a ring around the neck), or if they reach the head, a barrier oil is drawn around the eyes (ring around the eyes), noses and ears, before they are applied to the TARGET area.
The mites infestation manifests themselves like lupus, rosacea, or lyme. They can take the form of a synthetic superbug (man-made) if there were fibers (www.silentsuperbugs.com)
One interesting thing about these "unknown mites" is that if they stay on the skin, they are relatively easy to kill and will never come back again.
However, if they get into the bloodstream they manifest themselves into more serious condition of lupus, lyme or a relatively benign rosacea. So the fact that foundations are set up to deal with these problem separately, the conditions from my own trial and error were all related and all responded quite well to the borax remedy. I have as yet to wait from other places for their remedy and they don't seem to have any solution, but it is likely earthclinic will be the first to post them anyway!
Usually a borax is used both externally and internally as way of treatment. In some cases eating orange peels might help too.
Yes the borax and hydrogen peroxide is drying. The way to resolve this dilemma is to use to apply lotions after the application UNRINSED. Another possibility is to use MORE frequently (as much as you like) a simpler solution of just borax without rinsing by using hydrogen peroxide mixed to borax less frequently.
Neem oil would also do it but a lot less effectively as they are also insecticidal but an orange oil CAN be mixed with some borax in event the drying effect of hydrogen peroxide is causing the problem.
DMSO if mixed in low portions with a borax solution can be another substitute, but I prefer a fairly low concentration so that it doesn't cause stinging, such as always below 50%. I would have to try it myself to know the exact concentrations.
People have really different tolerances for DMSO (which are also penetrating) and I guess the exact concentration that has the least irritation and still have some effects is between 10% to 25% DMSO in a borax. I have no way for sure since the numbers I tried are too small. What I do know is my own arms, I can easily go 50% concentration since that area is less sensitive.
The reason why dogs are relatively easy to cure with their mites infestation are two reasons I can think of, firstly the mites species do not go deep into the bloodstream, the second reason is the size prevents them and only exists exclusively on the skin of the dogs.
The human forms of mites are much more smaller and can reside in the bloodstream if action was not taken soon enough to kill them, giving them a CHANCE to survive deep in the blood, which can result in pretty bad joint pains and terrible skin pus.
I was just wondering if it's safe to continue doing the borax soaks for this long?
Borax can be used externally just like soaps. Although I tend to think soap at least for me are actually more toxic for me as soaps have pseudoestrogens from all those perfumes they are using, and it just modifies my testosterone, which I don't like.
A borax is more ideal for me since it is unscented and have no dangerous pseudoestrogens. Some sodium lauryl sulfate contains traces of dioxin which I do not like and it is the borax that removes the body of excess fluoride due to popular water fluoridation and chlorination which seems to destroy all my plants by stunting its growth.
Many people worry of taking too much borax. Taking too much borax manifests itself by if they were taken too much, it will cause a diarrhea, being the most frequently cited problems. The other, which is less prevalent is sleepiness as borax may cause sleepiness, if of course you happen to be already sleepy, but has no effect or little effect if I was not sleepy. Although tit does have calming effect. The other thing is borax, if taken too much and I don't mean poisoning myself by taking a tablespoonful - can lead to some loss of appetite, which is great if I happened to want to loose some weight. Although the practice of taking baking soda and borax (a very small amount) does lead to weight loss as the borax seems to cause my body temperature and metabolism to go up, and hence weight loss and also chelates out fluorides which my body don't want after all.
One commonly cited borax toxicity is the issue of LD50, which means a dose that can kill half of the mice often expressed as mg/kg. For example a borax or boron is actually a essential mineral needed for bone metabolism, and boron are found in thyroid and parathyroid, which influences metabolism and remove fluoride from the pineal gland which tends to accumulate over the lifetime. Fluoride therefore accelerates the aging process while borax reduces the fluoride buildup, which is a common biomarkers for aging used by scientist. The LD50 of borax is about 2000 mg/kg and the LD50 of salt is about the same as borax. Therefore for a borax to have a LD50, a 100 kilogram man would have to take 2000 mg/kg x 100 = 200,000 mg or 200 grams of borax. So a small person, whose weight is 50 kg his LD50 toxic dose would be 100 grams of borax, or 1/10 of a kilogram!
In practice taking that kind of a huge dose is not possible except for accidental poisoning. In practice I would be more concerned about taking low dose for especially sensitive people or make minor errors in taking too much as opposed to taking it ridiculously too much.
So taking borax in that instances would lead to the problems of weight loss, diarrhea, loss of appetite (I like this one!), then the borax can be taken by me as long as I like. In fact I take them for weight loss and joint pains (cause is mycoplasma or mycobacterium).
I find the skin also gets less irritated as mites die if I take 1/4 (men's dose) or 1/8 (woman's dose) of borax mixed in 1 liter of water taken throughout the day. Depending on peoples's sensitivity I have noticed some can take it for a long as they like to some people who have low tolerances and can take it for no longer than 2-3 days out of a week. The only way to know anything is for me to just try it. I also take it for my joint pains. The key to all this is if the boron is maintained at a steady level in the blood long enough all mites eggs would die and it shouldn't take that long but it does take at least 1 month of continued use, assuming proper usage. However most of improvement is seen for about 2-3 weeks.
I believe that taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, once in the morning and once before bedtime to help with the mites infestation, and then an hour or thirty minutes after I take the baking soda I will likely take the borax drinking water.
It is necessary I think to take a bath in borax and wash all clothes and bedspread in a borax AND hydrogen peroxide solution. However for clothes and bedspread to prevent further REINFECTION is the key and it is why borax should be used as a cleaning solution in the house and the use of laundry. It is best to mixed the borax, in a detergent when doing laundry or cleaning floors if at all possible.
Most people who get mites get it from being outdoors, bungalows, and now the mites infestation seem to exists in hotels and motels. This is why borax should be used not just for household purposes but in business establishments such as hospitals and hotels, where people often get them due to being a public facilities.
Hopefully you do not need to get jealous of dogs' mange. They got different mites species altogether, too large to go into their bloodstream. It is us humans who get a more menacing species, the one that can exists in the bloodstream if they were not quickly treated and can manifest itself as Morgellon's, lyme, lupus, or even rosacea. "
How to Use Borex to Cure Mites
07/18/2007: Chris : "Hi Ted. I wanted to ask you a quick question, but first let me fill you in as to why I'm here.? I'm 27, and have been researching different types of cleansing since I was about 20 in hopes to clear up my skin... I've had severe acne since I was an early teen.? I was on Accutane 4 times... at first it worked, but it always ended up coming back, and the last time it barely worked at all.? I've done liver cleansing, bowels, parasite, zapping, fasting, colonics, hypnosis, totally changing my diet, adopting a great workout schedule... and it would seem after all this time I'm getting nowhere. People who know me think I'm the healthiest person alive, but if I were to ever take off my shirt and reveal all the acne on my chest, shoulders, and arms, they might think otherwise.?
Recently it has started spreading down my forearms, and this is just unacceptable. Now, very recently someone had suggested I may have skin mites, and pointed me in the direction of Earth Clinic, and mentioned trying some kind of Borax mixture to apply to kill them.? I've read through a bunch of?your posts and about the properties of Borax, and I'm a little curious... maybe it could work for me.? I was wondering, do you think it is something that is safe for someone in my position to try, and also I didn't see a specific "recipe" of how to water it down so it is safe to wash my skin (arms, chest, and face) with.? It is very posible I overlooked it, but I was wondering if you could tell me a tiny bit about what to do in order to try it out, and to know if it is actually working.? If this works, I would be SO happy.? Thanks!"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Chris: If you are a healthy person, there is a way to check it (assuming you are the most healthy person on earth) and this is a good Checkup lists to find out what's causing the acne problems:
Urinary pH and Salivary pH is about 7.35 equilbrium All hair mineral analysis will reveal your minerals are ALL in an acceptable range. Hormone diagnosis remains at normal level
An acne can occur when the body is acidic, hair mineral analysis indicates something is entirely missing or in way excess of it and hormones are imbalanced, sometes due to calcium blockages from excess acidity. Organ-wise, liver remains blocked or too fatty to detoxify.
Boron is an essential mineral and it works by helping the body maintain the critical magnesium and calcium. Usually the body have great difficulty in minimizing calcium, and not enough magnesium. Boron also works by normalizing the hormones.
Mites, nanoinsect and man-made synthetic superbugs (http://www.silentsuperbug.com//index.php) are virtually indestructible and in many cases are effectively dealt with using borax (a boron supplements always use this, often called sodium tetraborate and other similar synonyms).
A stubborn case of acne is often due to hormonal imbalances, which borax does and kills tiny parasites, which still needs to be "discovered" by scientists and you can wait until your next life to find that out what that is or you just trial and error without the wait.
As to borax, the toxicity of any substance is determined by the term LD50 which means 50% of rats get killed at x dose.
The LD50 for borax (which are now being quickly deleted over the internet when this news is out) is between 1500 mg/kg to 2000 mg/kg, oral rat, which is nearly equal to that of taking salt, where its LD50 is about 2000 mg/kg.
This means if an organism is extrapolated on the basis of weight, and weighs 10 kilogram, the value of toxic dose is 10 kg x 2000 mg/kg = 20,000 mg. (20 grams).
In practice, the dose of borax is NEVER anywhere near that, and the dose is about 1/8 teaspoon (in woman) and 1/4 teaspoon (in men) DILUTED in 1 liter of water, taken throughout the day, which is roughly equal to about only 50-100 mg taken only a couple of days out of a week.
In general the cause of acne, which need NOT be taken everyday are (a small checklist for you):
1. Zinc - antibiotic potential 2. Magnesium (needed by the body in many enzyme reactions) 3. Manganese (antioxidant) 4. Molybdenum (antioxidant) 5. Lecithin (rids of excess fats, and support liver function and detoxification)
If you want to know what you are missing out on that is causing the acne (most people seemed to have this pattern), it is blocked liver function, molybdenum, acidosis, and borax that was not figured into the equation.
I have a lifelong acne when I was in my 30s from aged 30 to 40 near my jaws which exhibits itself with constant acne and dark spots. I was apparently cured with baking soda, zinc, silica (from sodium silicate supplements) and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide 3% at around 0.1% to 0.25% (1/4 of 1%) helped so much in clearing my skin that I took for more than a year (I think it was two years!). Apparently I had liver toxicity from eating too much oily foods that becomes rancid and could not get rid of it. However, the likely supplements I would likely to use NOW appears to be zinc, molybdenum, lecithin, vitamin B complex, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, borax, magnesium, tungsten, vanadium and chromium.
Two common foods that cause me acne (scientist could argue until the cows come home on causes) are chocolates, fried foods, ice cream, ice cream sundaes, sweets, toxic unknown chemical, and zinc deficiency.
Most people who do have acne that I am aware of, have low zinc, low magnesium, non existent tungsten (which controls blood sugar), and low vitamin B complex. However, it is not possible to ascertain blocked liver function except a good observation and this is why I found hydrogen peroxide and lecithin to be helpful. Certain amino acids may increase cellular oxygen (killing the acnet) such as taurine. Whenever urinary sugar exceeds 2% (Brix refractometer over 2) is possible as excess SUGAR lowers the body's immune system.
It should be noted that lower zinc levels causes excess sebum production which can cause acne. But inability for the body to have good elimination can lead to auto toxicity, where a optimally healthy person should have 3 bowel movements a day, coinciding with the number of meals a day. Dogs do have bowel movement almost equal to the number of meals they have, we humans choose the food we like, which leads to constipation since the foods we like are acid forming, delicious foods such as potato chips, french fries, steaks, and other All American foods. The traditionally health food are actually fish, complex carbs (rice, spaghetti, whole wheat), and vegetables.
Sometimes excess free radical either in the body's rancid fats and oils (where the known remedy is lecithin, BHT -usually single dose, and vitamin E) or serum free radical (where vitamin C sodium ascorbate and baking soda alkalinity handles that).
A skin problem is a reflection of acidosis, inability to tolerate sugar from various causes, inability to tolerate fats from free radicals or due to oils being rapidly oxidized causing a clogging, or that the body's serum has too much debris circulating, usually rancid fats or calcium.
What I do know for sure is if the body can rid the body of toxic substance relatively quickly through normal bowel movements, alkalinity to help perspire or sweat more and help reduce some of them. The other is certain diets may initiate the acne due to impaired liver function.
Your condition is an unusual one, which might be an unknown bugs of some sort (throughout the body is an unusual case), and perhaps borax can help. However there is no need to worry about taking baths using borax to replace soaps and also adding saturated borax to a hydrogen peroxide 1% to be applied to the skin can deal directly with a mites problem as this can easily be done without the worry of toxicity. "
03/07/2014: Cher from Ny replies: "I have mites on my hair, scalp, and body. Someone please help- It has gotten out of hand"
Black Flecks on Scalp
04/08/2007: Rose : "DEAR TED, I HAVE SO ENJOYED YOUR REMEDIES, I HAVE USED ONLY THE STRAIGHT TEA TREE OIL WITH THESE BUMPS THAT HURT AND CAME TO A POINT WHICH THAN SCABBED OVER. THERE WHERE SOME HAIR LOSS CAME IN AND I AM NOW TRYING LEMON, ACV AND ASPIRN TO SEE IF THE SCAR TISSUE CAN BE SAVED FOR PRODUCING NEW FOLLICLES.RECENTLY I FOUND SOME BLACK FLECKS ON MY SCALP,THOUGHT IT WAS NEW HAIRS TOOK A COMB IN BATHROOM SINK AND GOT THEM OUT, LOOK LIKE COFFE GRINDS. ANY FEED BACK ON THAT. WILL TEA TREE OIL CURE DEMODEX MITES, DONT THINK IF HAVE IT. JUST CURIOUS.TOMORROW I AM GOING TO BUY MAG.SULFATE, BECAUSE I NOTICED THAT SOME NEW BABY HAIRS ARE COMING OUT WHEN I WASH MY HAIR. THANKS/R"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Rose: Frequently if the fungus is dead, new hair will comeout. In some instances, iodine can also help you withthe scars as well as hair growth also.
Tea tree will not cure the demodex mites, but thebest remedies is 1% hydrogen peroxide with a saturatedborax solution will help for that condition. It shoulddone daily."
B : "Dear Ted, Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I'll try it then let you know. Btw, where do I find pure Tannic acid for sale. I googled a bit..they (those chemical co) usually sell like in bulk form...aiiishh! God bless."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Most chemical companies sells in bulk, true, but the prices are sometimes not as expensive. However, borax in general works best by if it is taken also internally only for a couple of days out of a week most of the mites goes away in about a week or two. The usual dose I take if I have that problem is 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of drinking water should help the most based on my experience and its result should be seen within about 2-3 days."
05/29/2011: Bergerac from Bath, England replies: "regarding mites I had two large lumps come up in my scalp. And also developed acne like pustules on my face and in my hair eventually found lyeclear which I put on to any pustules that come up and they disapear within couple days I.E. permethrin. Still had the lumps in head which I had tried everything oni. E fungal steroids and insects related. am only now trying the borox for smaller insects. saying to try permethrin for the pustules which may not be acne but a manifestation of some sort of insect ."