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.
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
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
(Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.s.a.)
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?
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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: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/borax.html
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
(Hope, Bc, Canada)
(Some Where, Usa)
(Central Valley, Ca)
I am thinking there might be some confusion to what everyone is dealing with here because I learned these were called scabies, but everyone here is calling them mites. I found the cheapest and fastest method of killing them after many trials and errors. First of all, if you have never had anything like this you will think bedbugs. You only get bitten at night, and the itching is so intense you get very little sleep. You can tell no one, bedbugs can be extremely hard to find, and you will feel really hopeless when you read online that even repeated visits by a professional exterminator, costing thousands of dollars most likely will not get rid of them. I looked along seams in mattress constantly but nothing. Finally I built 3 Co2 traps (youtube) and got nothing.
Then read finally that it could be scabies and one did not have to sleep with someone to get them, couldn't be seen without a microscope, doctors never believe you have them unless you have bites in webs of fingers and toes, the prescription costs $100, you have to go back in 7 days and get another one for the eggs that have hatched under your skin, and sometimes the doctor will prescribe a pill of Ivermectin to be taken at the same time which poisons them and makes them head for the surface.
So first you should determine what you have and the best way to do that is a hot bath with 3 Cups of Borax and 2 Cups of Hydrogen Peroxide. After I put my hand in to swish Borax crystals and dissolve them, my arm was covered in tiny black dots the size of a pinhead - Scabies.
You take this bath every day, for 1/2 hour, and make sure to scoot down 2 or 3 times so all of you gets soaked. This is supposed to kill them. You can also put this mixture in a spray bottle diluted with water and spray everything. Launder bedding every day along with clothes making sure to dry at high heat 30 minutes. Before you begin trying to eradicate them, you absolutely have to control the itching.
I tried Cortisone cream, Gold Bond Cream, Alcohol, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel, ACV, and Benadryl which did nothing.
What did finally work was Chlortabs 4mg by Equate and Calaclear Lotion from Walmart. The Calaclear is the same as Caladryl or Calamine and works because it forms a skin on top of the bites. Every time you scratch you will spread them, but you will scratch I promise so putting Tea Tree Oil under your fingernails will minimize spreading and help to stop infection. I have cats and couldn't find for sure on the net if they could get them or give them to you so I used diluted Hartz Cat Flea Shampoo on them.
After 5 days of the Borax baths I still had them and had never seen the amount of that first bath where there were 15 on just one arm. I had read the flea shampoo would get rid of them on me, along with all of the aforementioned things I tried for the itching too. I realized those things might kill the ones crawling on top of my skin but they were not going to kill all of the ones embedded under my skin. After that first bath, I saw only 2 or 3 black dots and I had bites all over except for my face and my hoohah area. Back to the drawing board.
I bought Permetherin 10% Livestock and Premise Pesticide by Gordans from Tractor Supply. It comes in a large size that's around $18 and a small size for $8. I believe the small sufficient for one person with repeated uses, including diluted spray for the house. I also bought Ivermectin Paste 1.87% by durvet, apple flavored for horses which was $3. You mix the Permethrin with same amount of any thick body lotion so then it's 5% which makes it the same as the $100 prescription from a doctor. The Ivermectin is the same thing as the pill except you get multiple doses and drool, drool, your's is apple flavored! Take a bath in the Borax and Peroxide, cover yourself in the lotion, (I used a 30ml bottle filled halfway with pesticide, topped with any body lotion and shaken) - size of a travel shampoo, and eat the correct amount of Ivermectin. It is in a plunger device with 50lb demarcations on it up to 2500lbs. I weigh near 160 so I set it between 150 and 200 then squeezed it onto a spoon. It's okay if it's not exact and there is a youtube video on the plunger if you need it. Try to use the thickest body lotion you have because the pesticide is runny like water, but will work fine anyway because it does rub in. Do not forget between fingers and toes along with soles of feet and hair.
THIS IS POISONOUS TO PETS WHEN WET SO KEEP THEM AWAY!!!
Leave on for 12 to 14 hours. I have very sensitive skin and bites were so bad some places were like a rash but this did not burn or sting or smell bad. I have dyed red hair and did not affect it. It does dry on you fairly quickly and I firmly believe you must use the oral paste also to work from the inside out. I had read not to wait 7 days before the second dose because the initial dose does not kill the eggs they have laid inside you. You have to catch them after they have hatched and grown up but before they do the hookie pokie and make more eggs. I read everywhere that this occurred in 3 days so I did the whole business again in 3 days. But this was wrong as they managed to mature earlier (probably thanks to Monsanto) than 3 days so I had to do routine again in 2 days. After the very first dousing you will finally get some real relief. These only live for 3 days without a meal (you), which is so incredibly much better than bedbugs which live for over a year with no meal and crawl into outlets and cracks you cannot even see.
You can spray your bedding with alcohol repeatedly while to make sure there are none before sleeping. You can spray furniture and floors with the Permethrin in a 1:10 ratio with water BUT it is poisonous to pets when wet and supposedly fine after it dries. I did not spray floors because of my cats and because I read you can spray this diluted onto your camping or hiking clothes, let them dry, and no insects period will bite you, not even after clothes have been through washer and dryer 3 times. I also read you do not want to take the Ivermectin paste less than 2 days apart.
Keep taking the Borax with Peroxide baths because I found that they greatly sped up the healing process of my skin. It didn't dry my skin out either which is pretty outstanding. It supposedly takes up to 6 months for the red bumps, bites, rashes, and itching to stop because there are dead eggs, mites, and poop which your body has to expel.
A very important thing I learned which I read nowhere, is that red bumps will appear in new spots and of different sizes just like the bites except there won't be that little hole where they burrowed under your skin. I freaked because I thought they were back until I looked really close and figured out your body doesn't seem to expel the morgue contents in the same spots the morgue did business. And they will itch but it won't be nearly as bad. I read mites and bedbugs are now super bugs and immune to many things that used to work, and they are in epidemic numbers.
One last thing I just realized before I decided to write this after reading other's horror stories, is that I could not figure out how I got these. I went nowhere except grocery shopping and my cats are indoors only, but there's a bird nest outside at the corner of house close to my bedroom. Robins come every year and use the same nest. I'm afraid they will have to rebuild elsewhere. I tried a lot remedies and tried holistic, but a couple of posts said this was the only way to kill them and quickly too. I believe they were right.
Peroxide and borax mix WORKS!!!!! Follow up with Selsun blue and Apple Cider Vinegar plus baking soda... Black hole crusts will fall off... This is heaven after three years of hell.
Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
I made Ted's recipe for demodex treatment. 1/3 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 2/3 cup of water, 2tbsp borax. I apply with a cotton ball and rinse. It is the best face wash I have ever tried. My face feels soft and smooth after using.
Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
Re: dermodetic mites on face. BORAX and PEROXIDE. Thank you Ted for your wonderful postings. You are truly the answer to peoples' prayers. I have been to many doctors and was told that what I had was acne and folliculitus. I read your cures and decided to try it since nothing the doctors gave me (antibiotics, steroid creams and even Accutane) have helped. I thought it couldn't be that simple but it was. So to all the skeptics give it a try (borax and peroxide) You are truly an honest man and compassionate. Thank you
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(Dallas, North Carolina Usa)
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.
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)
(Ten Mile , Tn Usa)
(Ten Mile, Tn.)
(Ten Mile, Tn.)
(Penzance Cornwall Uk)
I am a sufferer for 1 year now of some invisible biting mite, or so I thought, now I feel it might be the Sticktight Flea which also can't be seen without magnification, I noticed the things coming off my body are things exactly like the 3 stages of this biting Burrowing blood sucking creature, it also loves to live in peoples ears ! Which has been my distress for 9 months now in the left ear, however by chance I stumbled upon a site staing that fleas do not like Brewers Yeast, it's used for fleas and other bugs on dogs cats and livstock, so I'm giving it a try, you can find the tablets in grocery stores usually in vitamin section, don't take more than reccomended doseage, especially if on other meds. If you walk in a room and suddenly feel them on your calves or upper body, think about it, fleas are able to jump, mites can't ! we might have some of them too but I am getting reaction from the yeast with the ones in my ears, they are not happy . I'm also on ph drops to build my alkaline and immune booster caps.Good Luck to all fellow sufferers.
Guys, I suffered from an internal mite infestation for a long time and have it under control now using Cayenne Pepper... It is the only thing that has worked for me. I make a tea with it, add honey and ACV. I have gotten my life back after a nightmare 9 months.
Please share this with others. Thank you!!
Dear sister and fellow sufferers: After trying EVERYTHING, I finally mixed full-strength Cedar Oil Vet's Choice (enough to spread on body)with a little glycerine, maybe a tablespoon or two. After soaking in the borax/peroxide bath and drying with towel, spread this mixture over your skin. I use one of those puffy long-handled back brushes. It will be sticky. Get into your long pajamas so it doesn't make a mess everywhere. Remember that glycerine attracts moisture from the air. I have to change my nightshirt twice within a couple of hours. I am retired and at home so I can leave the mixture on all night and the next day too. Now the good part, after your next borax/peroxide soak look at what's floating on the water...clumps and clumps of tiny white larva! I'm 81, and haven't noticed or felt any adverse effects from the full-strength Vet's Choice.
Now, for the itching: Noxzema does a marvelous job of cooling the skin and stopping the itches and it's el cheapo. So does Absorbine Veterinary Liniment. I get both the gel and the liquid. I put the liquid in a spray bottle to spray around my ankles and bottoms of jeans. There's plenty of alcohol in both, so be careful around open cuts and sores. There's also good stuff in it like wormwood, etc.
Best wishes to you all.
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I need some consultation. I just got my DNA test back from my MD turned Homeopathic doctor and my problems are too long to list, so I just want to address one. That is the Choriopete Mite. They are microscopic and feed on the skin of animals like horses, sheep, etc. They are supposed to itch. I read all I can on the internet and pulled out my Hulda Clark book. This is my second test for this critter to appear. The only place on my body that shows a rash is my ankles and this showed up when I crushed my t 12 vertrabre. My ankles swoll and I assumed that they were all related. Now I'm not so sure.
I'd especially like Bill and Timh to review what treatment I'm about to do. I can get 10 % Premetrin at the Farmer's Co-op , spread that on my ankles and cover that with 50% DMSO. That should kill the buggers and I will detox the insecticide later. As a Ch. E. I need the advice of folks smarter me.
When I really get a good case of the ass it is usually at my self. It has taken me 6 months to get to this spot. I should have seen this earlier.
On a lighter note, me and Ms Conn and daughter are headed to St George's Isl. for a week. They will sunbath and I'll study how to get my gimlet ass to age 92. That will take the help of my Earth Clinic friends.
One last comment, If you have cancer, get in touch with THE INDEPENDENT CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION. They will give you low cost natural treatment alternatives and all for free. What treatment is your decision.
Ya'll behave for a change. ==Ole RH==
(Ten Mile, Tn.)
(Ten Mile, Tn.)
Here's a tip for my fellow mite suffers:
I've tried almost everything recommended on the "Mite Infestation Cures" thread but I recently found that CITRIC ACID on my skin is the best treatment for me so far for what is most likely bird mites ("invisible" skin mites - see below for a description): as efficient as vinegar and salt but without the bad smell and much, much cheaper.
BACKGROUND. I've noticed that citric acid is the key ingredient in various natural mite products, for example:
1. from http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1603/029.102.0422, where it says
"Both GC-Mite (cottonseed, clove, and garlic oil) and Bugzyme (citric acid) were most effective against the twospotted spider mite (≥90% mortality)."
2. An anti-mite product I bought for laundry treatment whose active Ingredients are simply Citric Acid 2.25%, Sodium Chloride (i.e. regular table salt) and 0.6%, Potassium Sorbate 0.06%. It also contains the inert (inactive) ingredients water, vinegar and salt. I tried this on my skin and it stopped the itching immediately (but temporarily - needs to be replied after a while). The product is called "Eradicator Laundry Treatment", but since I'm poor I had to resort to buying the ingredients separately (7 dollar's worth of Citric Acid makes more than 10 litres at 4% concentration).
I use a concentration of 3-4% citric acid in water, about 1% salt, and I also add a few drops of vinegar plus a few drops of a few essential oils. WARNING: Citric Acid is a skin irritant. I feel a burn from around 4% BUT my skin is not very sensitive (for example, I get no burns from mustard powder, which some people on this site had huge problems with). Yesterday, I used coconut oil instead of water (which is apparently one of the best oils for skin penetration), and found this to burn less. I will there for try higher concentrations too, and also try combining it with other oils, such as neem oil and tea tree oil.
To complete the list of what I've tried
- Almost every essential oil mentioned in the "Mite Infestation Cures" thread, including neem oil (limited success, but I will try higher concentrations)
- Kleen Green (almost zero impact on the itching)
- Mustard powder (some small success)
- MSM externally (reasonable success)
- diatomaceous earth externally (no success)
- MDM and diatomaceous earth internally (no improvement noticed after two weeks, but I think this may still be good long-term)
- vinegar and salt (as mentioned above): works as well as citric acid and salt, but impossible to use in public
NB: I measure success only in terms of immediate end to itching - I have no idea of impact on eggs.
Thanks everyone who has given mite advice earlier! Since different kind of mites may require different treatment, perhaps it would be helpful if all of you can explain your symptoms briefly. In my case, the mite symptoms are:
- they get into my ears and nose, are worst (most active) on eyebrows, eyelashes, lower legs and back.
- they are most active early morning and in the afternoon
- they become more active as soon as I lie still in the dark
- they sometimes bite but leave no marks
Finally, it's easy to lose all hope. But I get some comfort from the following thoughts:
Many posters seem to have found a solution. If this doesn't work for you, perhaps it's just a matter of trying for longer, and with higher concentrations. Also, this topic is still "new", with most posts just a few years old. As the problem becomes more known, more people will experiment with new solutions and eventually we'll hopefully hear about something revolutionary.