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Effective Mite Infestation Treatment: Top Natural Remedies

Jan's Recipe

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Posted by Fightingthegoodfight (Houston, Texas, USA) on 12/23/2012

This recipe sounds like it should work very well. I plan to try it soon.

We have had great success in reducing the numbers of mites & symptoms using MSM Sulfur, clove oil & eucalyptus oil in a lotion base after showering with sulfur soap but a few are still getting through & making a home under our skin.

We have a colloidal silver machine & make our own to take orally. I will make extra for this and purchase teh Coconut oil & W salve. We used to use the W salve back in the early 90's and it healed burns like nothing else. I hope these two extra items are the missing link we need to completely heal. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Replied by Billy
(Fort Laurderdale, Fl)

I actually have rubbed sulfur soap from head to toe like it was a lotion. I have relief.... They are coming out by the numbers. Everyone actually thought I was nuts I am finally going to be able to sleep....

Replied by Rose
(Amelia, Oh)

Does anyone know if I could use sulphur or sulphur soap if I'm allergic to sulpha?

Replied by Trudyg

Sulfur/sulphur is not the same as sulfa. Being allergic to sulfa doesn't mean you'll be allergic to sulfur. Sulfur is a natural element that we get through food and shouldn't bother you (although gluten is natural, too, and some folks have celiac disease). But, you should be alright using sulfur-based soaps.

Jan's Recipe
Posted by Jan (Louisville, Co Usa) on 08/02/2010

I have cured Cheyletiella and also skin yeast infection with this recipe. It took me 11 months, a lot of research and was hit and miss until I finally came up with the following. Please pass this along because I know what it is to suffer with this, and I have never had anything worse.

Here is my remedy-
2 oz. Virgin coconut oil heated to where it is just melted
2 oz of colloidal silver (This is important - it must be at least 50ppm. I make my own. )
1 oz of red liquid liniment from old company established in 1868 starts with "W", which contains camphor, capsicum and spruce oil
1/2 oz. Liquid vitamin E which helps the skin to heal faster and reduce scarring
1/2 tsp. MSM
15-20 drops clove oil

Shake to mix and apply on skin once daily until the mites are gone. It is actually very soothing. It also worked on the dog. I sprayed straight colloidal silver on the cat as needed. Any area that itched I sprayed and it seems to kill them within seconds, but again, it has to be at least 50ppm. You will stop itching within days, and should be mite free in less than two weeks.

Replied by Mike
(Southern Cal., US)

I saw a post from a lady who said she used some kind of vitamin or supplament cocktail to change her "scent". I believe that's what my problem is but I can"t find her post now. I"m not sure but I thimnk she mentioned hormone therapy. Does anybody remember it?

EC: This might be what you were looking for.  It was posted by Janet, Salem, OR.


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Posted by Michelle (Uk) on 05/20/2018

Kerosene / Paraffin

I found a post by someone who had covered herself in kerosene (paraffin / lamp oil) from scalp to toe and after much suffering for a long time; she was free of the dreaded bird mites. I was desperate enough to try and with much hesitation I bought the kerosene, diluted half and half with hemp oil and sprayed myself from scalp to toe. To my utter amazement there was no crawling the next day. I did it for 4 days in a row - there have been no ill side effects and I have no more mites crawling on me. I had this infestation (on my person only, not from my environment) for over 2 years. Thank God - and I mean it as I spent 5 hours in desperate prayer and then came across the post that healed me immediately after. I will keep doing this every 3 days or so as I worry about eggs that may hatch. I am free!!! I hope that this post helps others who are suffering as this is truly one of the worst experiences I have had in my life and would not wish it on anyone.

Kerosene was used a generation or 2 ago to kill parasites. I tried a patch test first as the smell is pretty disarming, but no ill side effects at all.

Replied by Patricia R-M

Been suffering with mits going three years, don't know what kind of mites but I will try this kerosene oil

Posted by Michelle (East Sussex) on 05/15/2018

I saw kerosene recommended on this site - it was something I hadn't tried and after almost 3 years of this mite plague and severe scarring to my face, I was ready to do anything. I used a spray bottle and sprayed my scalp at the roots (sectioned hair into 4 sections and did one at a time) sprayed my whole body, including face and neck and went to bed.

I used rubbing alcohol to spray my bed headboard and any fabric furniture and rugs in the house. Put all laundry including coats I haven't worn for ages in the washing machine using Dr Bronners Castile Soap and filled the machine drawer with table salt. I bought tobacco and put some in all of my shoes. Dusted cats with diatomaceous earth, colloidal silver in their ears and every 3 days I will spray them down with tobacco juice.

I was so apprehensive about using highly flammable substance on myself that I first patch-tested the paraffin (kerosene) on my leg - no burning or itching after a couple of hours so I diluted with hemp oil (about half and half) and covered myself. I had a great night's sleep and there was no crawling at all the following day. I am one of those people they LOVE. I saw a post from someone called Shirley on here saying that this was how she was cured.

Kerosene was used back in the day for many remedies, but the pharma industry has put out a lot of misinformation out saying how dangerous it is. Even the bottle I bought states that it should not come into contact with skin. They legally have to state that due to lobbying from the pharma industry. My skin was so dry and scaly from all the remedies and yet it did not burn or sting. This has by far been the most effective. I can also vouch for juice plus capsules - expensive but they do keep the numbers down. I was drinking neem powder mixed into water and this helped a lot but over time I became chronically dehydrated as it is so astringent.

I will continue to do this every 4 days (as the original poster did) but I can say with confidence that this is hands down the most effective thing I have done so far.

Posted by Mary (Saskatchewan, Canada) on 05/05/2014

Hi Om from BC - below is the posting of the person who cured them with Kerosene.

YEA] 06/09/2010:

Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl: "Well, I finally fixed it. Killed all the mites. Thanks and much thanks to Ted's borax remedy. However, what killed them fast is plain old lamp oil, coal oil, purified kerosene. Put in a sprayer bottle and went to town with the purified lamp oil sold in crafts store for the hurricane style lamps. Not much smell. Used the oil on my hands to treat my face. Really sprayed my long hair and scalp.didnt burn or have but one side effect-- brought all those critters up from underneath the skin and they chewed their way up. Looked like a sunburn where they were, and welts formed. But I kept dosing it the next day and the next and it dried them up. Itches were gone in 4 hours. First night I have slept thru the night in four years. At first I thought the lamp oil had burned me, but then I realized that it was only red where I was itching. Even my face and eyelids were not "sunburned" the tenderest part of the body. Now that I killed them on me, I treated the rest of the house, using Ted's borax mix, bleach where I could, took a week to treat everything properly to where I was not getting bit. Its been 4 weeks. Once you kill them on yourself and have a quick spray-on for the re-infections, it goes fast. The cars were the worst problem. Hooray

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc. Canada)

Mary from Saskatchewan --- many thanks for your post. Well, as you said, it lowered my mite load, but not completely. The inhalation of those strong fumes did stop my constant cough at least. I am considering now using lamp oil and am glad to see the post you mentioned.

I have to say the visit at the hospital emergency was a bit like a nightmare. Especially, upon leaving, seeing the sign of $$$$ they want (for what, I ask). When getting into the taxi, I was glad the taxi driver was a real human being.

EC has very good posts, especially lately, and we are blessed to have this option to treat ourselves and learn. Thanks again for your input and also thanks to Bill. Namaste, Om

Replied by Mary
(Saskatchewan, CA)

Hey Om: I agree I really want to try the Kerosene thing too. I saw a post where Bill said Diggers Low Odor was good as well as Klean Strip 1 K Kerosene. I also live in western Canada and am wondering where to buy and which one. Any ideas. Are you going to spray it on as well. please let me know how it goes. I work long hours and it is very hard not to itch in front of people. I feel very alone, as only my husband and naturopath know and the naturopath told me I did not have mites. Sigh. I used to really like him.


Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc. Canada)

Mary of Saskatchewan --- Hi Mary

Knowing now that lamp oil works, I will try it. It is here available in the grocery store. Bill has sent me info on the pure stuff in Georgia USA; it is flammable that why I think shipping will be high. Meanwhile I use my turp. I have for a tsp. internally with BSM as Bill does. I just have to work out my protocol.

Interesting, when I visited archeology online, The queen of Sheba, when she visited King Solomon, interrogated him on many aspects of wealth in her kingdom amongst which was good old kerosene.

I have less mite activity now but that is not to be trusted. They had made a hole next to my ear lobe which was dealt with by the use of turp. It also caused "sunburn" appearance but disappeared after moisturizing the skin. Many remedies were good but extremely drying. I am glad you forwarded the info. on lamp oil which is also mentioned on Walter Last's website. Let's see how it does.

Namaste Om

Replied by Mary
(Saskatchewan, CA)

Hi Om thanks for the quick reply. that info on the queen of Sheba sooooo interesting to me. May I ask where you found it . I would like to read it as well. Would you mind forwarding me the info Bill gave you on brands of Kerosene. I want to be really careful as I am going to do it as well.

Sorry to hear about their activity near your ear. Turp is amazing. I took it this am. It does not seem to be killing them however. as I type I am so itchy!!

Thanks in advance and I love to hear your progress!!!! Mary

Replied by Sharon

Hi folks, sorry for the delay, as l post and then forget to look for questions. Thank you again Ted for your oxyclean and borax mix for my pomeranians. l used it on myself when l had nothing else!!! l have used lamp oil, low-odor kerosene(stinks), low odor lighter fluid, turpentine, and Lysol spray to kill them fast. l have sprayed the lighter fluid in my autos everywhere but the glass(didn't feel like cleaning the glass). l tried de-stinking the lighter fluid with essential oils, eucalyptus, and any of the tree-scented ones, but got the best results on odor with a cookie-scented oil. Sweet smells the best, and petroleum products do smell, l have only electric appliances in my house, and caution using around any gas appliances. l have used lighter fluid on everything in my house, and, every inch of my body, in my nostrils, eyelashes, raw spots- over and over on spots that take 14 days to heal, and then revitalize the skin with oil baths, or udder ointments at night, which are thick with lanolin. I like the lighter fluid best for my scalp, but l sometimes use a mix of half citric acid powder and half water in a glass to pour over my scalp with my head back, work with my nails into my scalp until the itching stops, and then shampoo as usual. DO NOT GET INTO YOUR EYES. Burns!!!! L have been re-infected some 9 times now from relatives visiting occasionally who are in total denial that they have the mites. Can anyone tell me how to convince them once and for all. l had settled back to wait for their 3rd year of infestation to show up the worst, but they all moved within the year, and l have grandbabies suffering. As you know the doctors have no clue, and these mites are imitators and can barely be seen, even when you know what to look for. If your family starts showing ear infections, "psoriasis", running low-grade fevers, etc, know that they are infested, just not allergic enough to suffer as much. l even had one niece who found that psychologist getting his 15 minutes of fame claiming we are all "delusional" and she shared it with my family, so now, of course, l am old (65)and "senile" wink wink. l can tell you my oldest daughter now has "Bell's Palsy" after 3 years infestation with no treatment), and has had constant "chronic severe ear infections". Bell's Palsy happens when a trigeminal nerve has pressure on it-this nerve is located between the neck and the ear, closest to the ear. When visiting 2 years ago, l gave her two #00 capsules l had filled with praziquantal powder, and the next day, she came running to me exclaiming that all her sinus and ear problems had vanished and demanded to know what l had given her. When l told her it was a mite killer, she freaked, and told me l had tricked her and she got all mad. l just took myself home the next day and have been waiting for her to discover for herself that mom might be right. She also has a swelling closing off an artery in her neck by 90%, that the doc said only happens to very old people and was unusual in her age of 44. He is treating it like cholesterol clogging. l am still waiting for her to ask me for real help. These mites can cause all kinds of health havoc, especially fatigue. Well, wishing you all success, Sincerely, from the old mite buster.

Replied by Cary

How long do you take the praziquintal? Does it help long term? I've had this 3 years and just can't kick it. I have tried about everything. Thanks for any help.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Cary (Kansas)

For mites the best treatment is a mixture of essential oils in a nebulizer, and 3% hydrogen peroxide (H202) as spray after each shower plus improving the immune system.

I have done a lot of research and essential oils seem to work even though this has to be used for some time. It is advisable to obtain professional info. as health food stores do not seem to carry high percentage oils.

In addition, one liter of water daily with a pinch of salt and 1/8th teasp. of borax sipped throughout the day five days a week. This for about six months. For males, 1/4 teasp. of borax.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Hope

Thank you so much for the time frame on borax solution drink. I was guessing 3 months, at least.

Kleen-Free in Bath Water

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Posted by Christine (USA) on 07/20/2023

How much Kleen-Free Naturally in a 70 gallon bathtub?

Just when I thought things were improving for my client -now I think I might have contracted the demodex. When I first met wih her, she had a cat in the room, which rubbed on me until I asked her to please remove the cat due to my allergies. But now I think I was too late. Today I feel like there is something burrowing/biting into my skin. I want to stop this before it gets a good foothold. I have been doing the borax and hydrogen peroxide baths right from the first day, along with steaming all my clothes, bed and furniture, vacuuming at least once a day and cleaning floors with enzymes and applying DE to floors and to all of the furniture that I don't use. But now I am not sure it has been enough. I can't keep on doing the borax everyday as it is not good for the heart. Hopefully the Kleen-Free will help me get this under control. I would appreciate any info as to how much to see in a bath. Please be kind enough to reply to my plea. Thank you and God Bless you!

Replied by Gary
(Kitchener On)

Hi, Christine, The easiest way to get rid of mites, red ants, fleas, spiders, bed bugs is to buy a bag of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Make sure it is FOOD GRADE, ONLY. Sprinkle where you think they are, on you at bedtime strip and cover your whole body.Morning shower yourself and so this 2 more nights. They should be all gone, If you have parasites you can put 1/2 teaspoon in warm water in coffee-cup and drink it every night for 90 nights, to kill of the eggs. Almost every farmer use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on their livestok. It really kills all little things that I mentioned above.

God Bless Gary

Replied by Amanda
(Tacoma wa)

I've been fighting this for two years, my case actually got worse and spread to the rest of my body while doing the klean free baths. My suggestion is to go to the Dr immediately and get on a treatment of oral ivermectin and permithrin cream then start on DIY things like topical cod liver oil, papaya scrubs, and dimithicone gel. Get immune boosting items like fermented beta glucans dandelion tea, bui bui suppliment, ect. Additionally, I like live free bed bug and mite killer for laundry and and spraying around the house it kills them in less than 1min. I have literally tried everything on this list except suspend SC and turpentine. On sensitive areas I use a and d ointment. You need immediate and aggressive medical attention or you could be like me. Good thing is more research is coming out now about treating this condition so research as much new stuff as you can. Best of luck friend.



Forgot to mention that to get rid of these types of infections one must also treat their environment (house, yard, car, work environment):

Repellent: find an effective bug repellent and use it consistently on yourself and environment to prevent reinfetion if this involves a flying insect or even mites. some people sleep with nano-netting over their beds.

Laundry: depends on the organism. If strongyloides, must boil or iron clothes very well to kill surviving parasites that will penetrate through the skin. Hookworms and some flukes also can do this.

If mites, soak clothes 1 hour in cedarcide solution, enzyme solution, ammonia, borax/soda or borax/salt solution, many other effective solutions. Can add various essential oils to these soaks (e.g., orange, lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree, grapefruit seed).

Best to always iron clothes very well before wearing.

House: spray and vacuum most everything.

Spray solutions: enzymes, essential oils, cedarcide, 91% isopropyl alcohol (kills mites though will ruin some surfaces and very toxic if on the skin), ... there are many effective solutions to spray the environment with. Can also fog the environment with many of these solutions. And/or apply Diatomaceous Earth.

Best to know what organism you are trying to treat to determine the most effective way to treat your environment. Flying insects require additional methods (e.g., screening, zappers, etc...).

Replied by Share


There are several ways to rid yourself of various ectoparasites or parasites. I like the suggestions in the prior posts. Below are various protocols that worked for us. Depending on the issue, we sometimes alternated them throughout the day. Hope you are able to identify what it is and resolve the issue soon!

1. Kleen Free - Enzymes

This product is not the original solution is used to be. It is not even half as concentrated as the concentrate used to be. This is why many are having treatment failures. We contacted the company when they changed their "coffee dark" concentrate to a VERY weak tea and they responded that they needed to sell more to people who needed it????. It still works if you only use the concentrate straight from the bottle in a spray bottle. Spray this on your skin, rub it in, often throughout the day . This kills many bugs if used frequently. There are other enzyme formulations on the market that are equal or better.

Enzymes are great, they are usually used to dissolve biofilm and even kill some of the parasites if used frequently enough. It is most often used with other treatments such as Ivermectin; Diatomaceous Earth; Anti-Mite Creams such as EmuaidMAX; essential oil blends that kill parasites; sulfur treatments; etc...

2. Ivermectin

Use a 3% cream with 10% DMSO in versa base - this is obtained at a compounding pharmacy. Apply to very clean skin which ideally has had any potential biofilm removed (e.g., abrade the area, apply enzyme then rub/wash off, salicylic acid, etc...). Apply 1-3 times daily and rub in the cream VERY WELL. This alone can resolve the infection. Give it time. Consistency is key. It is best to leave the cream on for a full 12 hours. Some need to apply two layers of Ivermectin cream per application to be more effective allowing each application to dry in-between.

Sometimes it is best to also take Ivermectin orally. Depending on your size and considering any malabsorption issues take anywhere from 12 - 15 - 24 mg daily, check with your physician. There are people taking anywhere from 12 mg twice daily to 15 mg four times daily or more due to severe malabsorption issues from other health conditions.

Some have successfully used other Ivermectin derivatives topically only.

3. Diatomaceous Earth

Only use the real stuff. Many contain mostly fillers. You will know it is the good stuff because it will actually work, you will see results and it feels more gritty on the skin. DE draws any organisms below the skin to the surface when it is briskly rubbed into the skin, this is how it is activated. Then, over time is desiccates the organisms that are brought to the surface. Try to use it as often as possible. DE alone can get rid of some of the parasites if used consistently.

Some find it works better if WET or DRY HEAT is applied, such as overnight. Or, if they apply a "killing" cream first (e.g., Ivermectin, Emuaid, etc...), let it dry for 30-60 minutes, then rub in DE, doing this twice daily.

If taking it orally, the standard dose for an average sized adult is 1 heaping tablespoon x2/day on an empty stomach with 8 oz water. Take this for 90 straight days. Anything less will not be as effective. Most people do see results.

4. EmuaidMAX

The skin must be clean and dry, rub in only a little amount and must rub the cream in VERY, VERY well in order to activate it. Use 2-4 or more times daily depending on the issue. It gets rid of scabies and other mites very well. Along with fungus, viral issues, etc...

This cream is also very soothing, anti inflammatory and an analgesic.

5. Essentil Oils

There are many blends that kill insects and parasites. Must use 2-3 times daily and rub in well. Can alternate with DE and/or enzyme sprays.


Purification blend (Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Rosemary, Tea Tree) followed by Oregano then apply a carrier oil or cream over these - 2-4 times daily.

Straight clove or peppermint can clear scabies if applied 2-4 times daily. Ideal to first prep the skin with enzyme spray, orange oil, grain alcohol, etc...

OTHER insecticidal oils that you can blend: eucalyptus globulus, citronella java, lemongrass citratus, lemon, orange, catnip, copaiba, thyme, tea tree from Australia, rose, tagetes, etc....

A successful blend used by many:

60 drops tea tree, 18 drops Thieves (rosemary, lemon, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata), 18 drops clove, 18 drops lavender, 18 drops oregano (or more), 30 drops peppermint in 1/2 - 1-1/2 oz carrier oil mix such as real olive oil, emu oil, black seed oil or neem oil. Other carrier oils can be used. Experiment to see how strong you prefer your mix. We use a strong mix. Can also add DMSO to the mix.

If the issue is "tough", some first apply oregano neat to the skin (it does burn), wait, and then rub this oil mix over the affected area since some parasites require stronger treatment.

Can also take an essential oil tea to rid body of mites: 1 drop each of clove, black pepper, cardamom and cinnamon bark to warm tea. Drink x4/day. Or add oil into a capsule with a carrier oil.

6. Sulfur Bath & Cream Treatment

This treatment can be effective by itself if used often enough.

Use a 10% sulfur/3% salicylic soap bar. Soak in hot water for 5-10 minutes then create a very rich lather on the skin, leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes. Soap must remain wet during this time to be active and kill organisms so may need to add more wet soap or water. Rinse and repeat. Best results are seen when "soaping up" twice daily.

Some leave a layer of soap on their skin during the day or apply a 10% sulfur cream on the skin twice daily. Neem oil can be added to this.

Best to also take a good type of sulfur and neem leaves orally, 2-3x/day.

Many have cleared their skin of mites using only the sulfur regimen.

Or, they apply one of the treatments listed above, usually a cream.

7. Salt Treatment

Soak areas in a concentrated salt bath for 1 hour daily. Can divide this into two 30 minutes sessions. Continue for 3 weeks or as needed.

Can also use hot salt packs in cheese cloth with turpentine (100% gum) or other anti-parasitic essential oil added to the skin and/or cloth. Hold over area 30 minutes, twice daily. Can leave on longer. It eventually will kill the organisms.

Epsom salts is often combined with other salts or used alone since it is a powerful drawing salt.

Can use salt therapy with other treatments listed above.

NOTE: some parasitic organisms require physical removal when they surface to the skin, this may be uncomfortable though it must be done to remove any layers of organisms and the dead skin that accumulates between the layers. This is sometimes less painful if the organisms are killed first (e.g., ivermectin cream applied).

And, any dry skin needs to be removed to uncover any additional and deeper layers of infection.

8. Other Internal Treatments

Build up the immune system (vits/minerals, greens, herbs, Ayurveda, ...)

Make the body "repellent" to these organisms, e.g., take natural "repellents" consistently and often such as peppermint, garlic, chrysanthemum, biotin, neem, natural sulfurs (MSM), oregano, rose, etc...

9. Other Treatments that have worked for many:

* MMS topical and/or internal

* KEYS skin remedies (e.g., RediCare cream and various KEYS soaps)

* Ozonated Olive Oil Salve

* NuStock - or something similar (pine oil, 76% sulfur, petrolatum). Instructions: leave a thick covered layer on the area for 3 days, it must remain wet to be active so may need to add more of it or some other essential oil to it). Remove covering, clean, and reapply for 3 more days. Repeat until nothing else surfaces.

* Various drawing salves have worked, apply as you would Nustock.

Lamp Oil, Borax

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Posted by Fightingthegoodfight (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 12/23/2012


I know that we are all desperate in this situation. But please do not harm yourselves. The MSDS sheet for kerosene says:

Potential Acute Health Effects:
Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (permeator). Severe over-exposure can result in death.

Potential Chronic Health Effects:
Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (sensitizer).

"The substance is toxic to the nervous system. The substance may be toxic to blood, kidneys, liver, central nervous system (CNS). Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage. Repeated exposure to a highly toxic material may produce general deterioration of health by an accumulation in one or many human organs."

I personally would never ingest Borax or put on my skin. MSM Sulfur is totally safe to digest, pour liquid in your ears & nose, apply to skin even in high doses. It is healty & beneficial for you. Please check into this healthy alternative. Studies have shown that MSM sulfur kills mites within 4 minutes.

Replied by Destinfl

I'm wondering who suggested lamp oil? Ive read almost every post and I didn't notice that.

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

health - science - spirit -- By Walter Last online. Om

Lamp Oil, Borax
Posted by Sharon (Wesley Chapel, Fl) on 06/09/2010

Well, I finally fixed it. Killed all the mites. Thanks and much thanks to Ted's borax remedy. However, what killed them fast is plain old lamp oil, coal oil, purified kerosene. Put in a sprayer bottle and went to town with the purified lamp oil sold in crafts store for the hurricane style lamps. Not much smell. Used the oil on my hands to treat my face. Really sprayed my long hair and scalp.didnt burn or have but one side effect-- brought all those critters up from underneath the skin and they chewed their way up. Looked like a sunburn where they were, and welts formed. But I kept dosing it the next day and the next and it dried them up. Itches were gone in 4 hours. First night I have slept thru the night in four years. At first I thought the lamp oil had burned me, but then I realized that it was only red where i was itching. Even my face and eyelids were not "sunburned" the tenderest part of the body. Now that I killed them on me, I treated the rest of the house, using Ted's borax mix, bleach where I could,took a week to treat everything properly to where I was not getting bit. Its been 4 weeks. Once you kill them on yourself and have a quick spray-on for the re-infections, it goes fast. The cars were the worst problem. Hooray

Replied by Theo
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for the post! How did you know you had mites? What symptoms did you have and, moreover, how do you know they are dead now?

Replied by Sharon
(Wesley Chapel, Fl)

I knew we had mites cause they got on our parrot. the cage had some cobwebby looking things form and I sent these off to the university of texas for id. They said it was a rat mite, D Gallinae/ One Swedish study reported D. Gallinae can live nine months without a host.

Possible Bird Mite Infestation symptoms:

* Pinprick bites with or without lesions
* Frequently intense itching of the skin
* Vague sensation of crawling on the skin
* Bite marks and lesions that heal very slowly
* Increase of symptoms in certain areas of the home
* Increase of symptoms at night and in humid weather
* Physician suspects scabies but the treatment does not help.

I know they are dead, because I'm not getting bit anymore. After I went thru the house, I'm now going back thru and washing contents of drawers, linens stored for awhile, hanging clothes I havent worn in awhile, and trying to treat any and everything that may not have been treated in awhile. Thank goodness for the hints and tips from readers, like running the wash cycle longer to allow the borax to have time to kill them. It is worth it to read every single letter in this mite infestation page and scabies page. There are some smart ideas coming in. I just loved how fast the lamp oil worked. You could wash it off after an hour if you wanted. I just had so many of the dadburned things on me.

Replied by Rose
(Fort Worth, Tx)

Sharon, what are the exact measurements used in the mixing of the lamp oil, coal oil, and purified kerosene? Also, where can I find coal oil and the purified kerosene? thank you!

Replied by Sharon
(Wesley Chapel, Fl)

l used undiluted lamp oil. lt is purified kerosene. L have since found out odorless charcoal lighter fuel is kerosene but it smells some. l got re-infected by a relative's visit, but took steps immediately. l am currently taking hyaluronic acid from Teds back pain remedy and the scars are going away very fast. Again, thank you Ted.

Replied by Susan
(Dallas, Tx)

Are you still free of mites? I am going out right now to get some kerosene. Our cat brought in a dead bird and some rats and now we have mites too. I really, really don't want our 6 year old to be affected. My husband and I are already being attacked mostly at night from unseen bugs.

Replied by Bug Bitten
(Lake Roosevelt, Az)

Take Rx Ivermetctin-single dose, may repeat in 7 days. If you don't get rid of the source it will never go away! Here are my tips for dealing with mites. To clean yourself: Mites hate menthol, sulphur or salts. Shampoo your hair with Head & Shoulders with menthol-main ingredient is pyrithione zinc. Lather your hair first, put in ear plugs, baby oil your face & eyelids- then get in a bath of 1 cup epsom salts & 1 cup borax. Add baby oil-the oil slick keeps mites from escaping the tub. The mites will try to creep up into your hair, but you've already lathered it. Soak 20 min-1 hour. THEN get into the shower, re-wash with sulphur based soap-like Walgreen's Purifying Bodywash. Rinse hair with vinegar. Oil skin with baby oil or skin so soft-do private areas first, because the mites will run like crazy away from the oil. Sprinkle Gold Bond Powder (menthol) between the sheets.

To clean house: Wash everything in hot water daily-clothes-linens. Everything else goes in a plastic bag x 3 days. Vaccuum your bed, get mite proofed casings for mattress, boxsprings & pillows. Throw out all feather pillows/ comforters. An air purifier reduces food source for mites. Wipe walls/baseboards with vinegar. Spray baseboards with an insecticide. Throw out magazines/newspapers. De-clutter, clean daily. Whenever you feeling crawling-get into the shower & scrub! Don't be lazy and you'll be free of mites in no time!

Replied by Eileen
(Franklin, Tn)

Thanks for the help. What a mess and I am still in it. But, I did want to add as far as I know putting things like comforters in the freezer might kill them. It seems to have. So you won't have to throw away your nice things.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I had a case of hives and thought it was mites. I took some 1% peroxide (2 parts water, 1 part H202) and 2 T. Borax and rinsed off with it (got this off of E.C.). Then, I used citrus dead sea salts and citrus exfoliating scrub. Seems to have worked a bit. Went to the doctor and she thought it was hives. Changed meds to dye-free. Will just have to wait now!

Replied by Sharon
(Wesley Chapel, Florida)

l am still mite free, however, my relatives who are in denial are spreading them, and visiting anyone is pure hell. I am looking into buying a dermoscope, which is a lighted magnifier that dermatologists are starting to use to detect scabies, in the hopes that if these idiots can see the bugs on them, they will believe that its not psoriasis, dry skin, just itches, or something l inherited from dad, etc. 10x magnifier. l hope l made it clear that it stops the itches within seconds, as it kills, and smothers whatever is under the skin.

Replied by Looneygirl
(Houston, Texas, Usa)

Found a mini microscope for $12, most stock this in the store but I had to visit 2 before I could find it in stock. Magnifies with a little light 60-100 times. I have used it for my dogs mange mites. after a home visit from my vet and she brought her big professional one in suit case and still came up negative. It takes a while to learn how to use it but now I can use it to look to see if demodex mites are dead/alive on my dog. I have found its best to use some black type of paper or black hard board to put the specimen on to use this microscope. Most docs think are tiny microscopic parasites but you can see them with a strong magnification. Warning you will find yourself looking at all kinds of creepy crawlies using this little mini microscope. It works great for 12 bucks investment.

Replied by Almostcrazy
(Lampkin, Al)

Sharon from Wesley Chapel, FL After we apply the Lamp Oil, how long do we leave it on our hair and body before washing it off? Also I do not have a dries so I have been waiting 7 days before washing our clothes, then washing it twice with hot water. Do you know if this is good enough? It has been 7 days so all the scabies should be died in the garbages bags. We bag all our clothes each day and set them out side so we do not have them in the house, hoping this will also help relieve the scabie infestation on the house. Any advice will help! My family has had these too long!

Replied by Phil
(Henderson, Nv)

Please which of the many cures did you try ? We just talked the Dr into giving us Permethiam or what ever the stuff is, they called it Elimite but they gave me per stuff. My wife are at each others throat cause she thinks there not on her. Getting her to use anything is pure Hell. So What about clothing in drawers and closets also Dog.! Help please we need some prayer too. Thank you Phil.

What is the dosage and how often how long after they are gone to you keep doing iy does it kill the larvae ??

Replied by Almost Lost It
(Gaithersburg, Md, Usaa)

I just wanted to say Thank You So much for the post I was about to go crazy.... I ordered the Lamp oil because I tried everything you could name good and bad. I put the Lamp oil on from head to toe with the spray bottle 3 applications and did not shower that night got up in the morning and like you said the bumps and lines were very red and irratated they healed and I have no crawling, alittle biting on my head which I will spray over it was a remarkable discovery Thank YOU Soooo much.

Replied by Diane
(Baltimore, Maryland)

Hi Sharon, Thank you so much for your post and feedback. I just did one treatment of the lamp oil and I left it on my head for about an hour. I was just wandering if you or anyone else who has tried this could clarify how long it is left on the scalp? It sounds like some have left it on the body overnight. I massaged the oil into my scalp and then in about an hour my head started to redden and I could feel a burning sensation, so I went on and washed it out. Due to the thickness and density of my hair I can only do it once a week at least until I cut my hair, which I'm planning to do soon (for the summer). Really appreciate any additional feedback that is offered. Best wishes to everyone.

Replied by Sharon
(Wesley Chapel, Fl)

So, how long did l leave the lamp oil on? 24 hours, as l was infested head to toe. By the way, as you feel the redness and burning, that is the mites getting smothered, reacting the way they always do to different treatments that were effective. It will subside, and then you can wash it off if you want. l have very long, thick hair, and after l showered, l washed my hair as usual, and used a deep conditioner to counteract the drying effect of lamp oil. I used it twice a week on my scalp until l killed all the eggs hatching out. used lamp oil solidly for most of a year before l recovered my strength enough to clean and treat the whole house at once, and never noticed anything bad other than having to put shea butter on my heels and elbows daily. What have l tried? Probably every treatment listed on Earthclinic up to my last post in 2012, except a zapper or sauna. From experience, the mites l had were long lived, one week in a plastic bag would only have let them spread more. D. Gallinae can live 9 months off humans.

Spraying the house and cars with denatured alcohol with a little pennyroyal or cloves, 12-15 drops in a gal sprayer worked well. All l need help with is how to convince those relatives in denial that they have mites since they are not allergic to the mites like l am. Also, they are smokers, so do not experience much intense itching, as the tobacco acts like a repellant. They still wake up at 3 or 4 am regularly, confused as to why they are waking up. Now, my dogs were bathed with Ted's borax/peroxide baths and if my relatives re-infect them seriously l have given liquid ivermectin... 1 milliliter per pound on the insides of their ears, or on their stomachs (l have small 7 lb dogs). It's ok if they lick it, but take note that mites, like all living things will become immune to ivermectin if overused, or used regularly. It is in my arsenal of last resort. For human ears, Ivomec Eprinix mixed with a little dmso, it will kill mites. Put a few drops in one side, let it stay until the tingling subsides, then the other ear. L lay my head on the kitchen table. Do not stop the ear with cotton, you want them to come out of your ear. L rinsed my ears with a baby ear syringe and 10% vinegar water in my bath later that night. Best wishes to you all.

Replied by Sharon

Just wanted to clarify, that D Gallinae is a bird mite NOT tropical rat mite.

I learned so much from a book called

THE YEAR OF THE MITE. I found it on kindle when I was researching one day.

About a small family that got infested with bird mites.

The author was "lucky". In that she worked for a university as a cell biologist, so she had friends working there, that were willing to do test and try and identify what kind of BUG she actually had. Un like the doctors and all their lack of help this bug was identified as D Gallinae.

Most people don't get thaT kind of help.

Her daughter and friend got it also.

She doesn't have a miracle cure and it took her about a year or so to get rid of the buggers.

But there is so much good info and it is SO VALIDATING.

Also google this:

timeline of scientific understanding of the mite.

This actually shows a chart study and e, planTion of when bird mites were PROVEN to infest people, not just birds.

This is something you can show to your non believing family And doctors.

Before 1958 it was believed that bird mites did not bite humans and could not reproduce on human blood.

Also in 1958 human blood WS found In a bird mites gut. These mites were collected from an infested bedroom.

U til 2009 it was still believed they could not reproduce on human blood.

In 2009-2010 it was proven that bird mites DO CONSUME human blood, do reproduce consuming human blood and DO easily infest humans, if given the opputunity, like a bird nesting in eaves of your house or attic, or even from your cat bringing in a dead bird, OR your cat maybe infested too.

Dr Olivier Sparangano specializes in the study of bird mites. All of this info and more I found in the year of the mite book.

It was easy to read and relatable, and filled with facts, that could help you, get your doctor to

Finally realize you ARE NOT CRAZY.


Dr sparangano has these facts in YEAR OF THE MITE

You can get the full study from the book.

Take care all


Replied by Teresa


How long did it take them to die with the kerosene? Obviously not on the first day or you would not have needed to do it for 3 days?

Replied by Shannon

The quick spray you refer to is the oil to take care additional bites later??

Replied by Dee
(Waltham, Ma)

I've been a suffer of mites for the past 4.5 years. I used borax in my laundry but please tell me the mixture for the borax remedy.

Replied by Mary

Thank you for the great advice. Trying to find what works.

Replied by Michelle
(Sussex, Uk)

Hi there - can you confirm that you are still mite free, several years later? I am trying the kerosene tonight. My only concern is that you stated that you did this for the best part of a year - I was really hoping to get rid of them quicker. They have severely scarred my face. I don't here any other reports of people with scarring so wondering if it's just me?

Replied by Bryan

What did you do about your cars. That is where it starts every time I go anywhere.

Lemon Juice in Shampoo

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Posted by Elle (Baltimore, Maryland) on 11/21/2007

re: Help for mites in hair-- I belive that I have Morgellons, and this is what I do that has the greatest effect on getting it out of my hair. Suave coconut shampoo and conditioner (the conditioner is optional) every other day, and on the other days, spray hair until very damp and comb through with a solution of half reconstituted lemon juice and water. This is what I have been doing for over a month now, and my head hardly ever itches or gets sores.

Replied by Ruth
(Hobart, Tasmania)

Morgellans is not what you have as Morgellons is what medics choose to call people imagining they have a mite infestation. You have a mite infestation! Morgellons is what the doctors have-they are imagining things!

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

You probably have a demodex mite infestation. I found this on a dog cure site - Boil lemon slices. Let them steep overnight. Rinse hair with the liquid after shampooing. Sea buckthorn oil capsules work well too.

Replied by Andrew
(Cambridge, England)

hi, Neem has all round uses, a cure all , give neem sticks to your dog, and they will have no worms left. neem shampoo will destroy mites etc .

Neem leaf capsules is amust for all humans, as long as your not taking asprin, cause neem contains many of the same properties, sover many years of testing there has been no sign of resistance developed by any organism or disease, coupled with the fact that it boosts your immune system,

Neem can help with:
acne, bad breath, blood clots, blood disorders, candida, tooth cavities, chagas disease, chlamydia, cholesterol, ecoli, encephalitis, food poisoning, skin fungi, gonorrhea, hepatitis, high heartrate, intes worms, kidney problems, malaria, parasites, bad circulation, pyorrhea, salmonella, stomach, bowels, syphilis, thursh, toothache, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, yeast infections.

research it guys itsa must.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, TX)

The Suave coconut shampoo works great. It works even better with a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil.

Lemon Oil

Posted by Bonnie (Northeast, Usa) on 07/07/2014

I started feeling like was being stung by something about 2+yrs ago. I started being so exhausted I could sleep for days at a time. Then I couldn't get out of bed & my partner would try to get me to eat or drink and it got to the point I couldn't drink even. Was having terrible headaches lasting 4-6 days and finally went to ER by then I was in sever Ketoacidosis, congestive heart failure & had diabetes only during my hospital stay. While there I realized I had gotten fleas. They got so bad I started feeling things crawling in my hair. The Dr. blamed it on medications-which I've been on for 10+yrs. I was given a shower and they changed my bed 1 nite after feeling them and being unable to sleep. When I got home I did a flea bomb in my little apt did wash and changed all bedding but kept having the crawling in hair. Just 3 days ago they started going into my eyebrows & biting after I put 100% Lemon Oil in hair & skin etc. This made them crazy & they started trying to get into my eyes in the corners. Last night I was bitten in the eye. I could see them on my glasses then they'd jump to my eye. My skin on legs arms&lower back is coming off in big flakes even after applying coconut oil 1st nite. 2nd nite olive oil, 3rd nite a dry spray moisturizer & am still peeling. Do I have scabies or mites? Ted will you help me? What can I do? Thanks Bonnie

P.S. have lost a ton of weight from nausea. I swallowed one this a.m. they're trying to get in my ears and up my nose too. Does Vaseline smoother them?

Lime Sulphur Dip

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Posted by The Paratrooper (Salem, Oregon) on 10/10/2015

What has worked for me, and I have spent a fortune on every drug out there is Lime Sulfur Dip. from Vet Basics. through Amazon.

They delivered it quick, and it is a Antimicrobial & Antiparasitic concentrated solution.

Add to 2 ounces of Sulfur Dip, to one Gallon of water, and shake well. You can double that dose to 4 ounce if 2 isn't enough.

Mix in well ventilated area.

You stand in the bath tub and after shampooing then apply liberally to your hair and body, and let that drip dry, and you will get immediate relief.

I am taking lots of parasite drugs for a disease that is carried by the same mosquito that causes Malaria, but if Doctors give you a corticosteroid it will lower your resistance and kill you within three days. Luckily I could see the Doctors were brain dead and became a expert in Tropical Disease, and Parasites, and I have thus far saved my life.

I found a much better way of taking the Lime Sulfur Dip, which really kicks rear.

Which is, you make a quart or use the small Ocean Spray plastic container and mix with 2.5 ounces of Lime Dip, and I pour 3/4 of the solution into a hot bath tub of water and mix well, and then soak and take a wash cloth and rub harder on the bad spots but don't worry because they will all start melting and you can rub them away, and take the skin and stuff that's coming up and put it on the edge of the tub and collect later.

Now you are way ahead of the game, because there soft and easily wiped off.

Next stand up and pour the rest of the solution into your hair, and all over your body and let try while you are busy getting rid of all the dead ones coming up, and they fill like sand paper under your hand, and that is how fast they start heading out.

You can do this once every four days, and you can hit a bad spot anytime, by leaving a little in the container.

It is super cheap, 16 ounces which will make 8 gallons, and only cost twelve dollars, and a few bucks for mail. So you can also cure your animals quickly and cheaply.

This could change allot of lives fast. Don't worry about the dog and cat thing on the label, because it works, and I heard other Doctors admit the same.

Did you ever wonder why we worm our animals and not ourselves. The reason is that Parasites which we all have, and usually it is us, giving the worms to the Pet. A parasite crapping 24/7 in your body causes cancer in time, so as you can well imagine, that little secret is buried deep.

Good luck folks, and this could save most of you.

Concerned about all of you, the Paratrooper.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Robert Henry)

HI U TROOPER, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Good to see others who use stuff made for animals. We buy our MSM and DMSO from our Farm Co-op at much better prices.

The sulfur procedure you used for your mites is the same as what folks have done for many, many years to cure their dogs of mange, which is demodex mites.

Heat above 120 degrees will also kill mites and all that requires is a sauna. I would be interested in how long you did this procedure because you have mite eggs hatching for a period of time and would be surprised if this was a one shot deal.


Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

Paratrooper (Salem, Oregon) Thank you for your post. I will order this from Amazon. Just curious if it can be used internally as I am looking for parasite cleanser for myself and pets. Namaste, Om

Replied by Sara

Hey There Paratrooper,

How long did it take you to get rid of the mites using this method every 4 days?

Replied by Isis

Use homeopathic sulfur internally. It will help.

Listerine, Eliminate Sugar

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Posted by Chrizzy_f (Wellington) on 10/01/2012

Re Mite infestation cures;

For around 3.5 years I had mites. At first they would get me in bed or when I sat on the couch. I thought fleas, baby ones, so I de flea the cats, the bed, the couch the house but still I feel them crawling in my ears, eyes and up my nose eventually everywhere. I was going mad. They attacked me at work too. I searched for them, used a magnifying glass of high strength, went to the DR, went to the health shops. Rosasia appeared and got in my eyes as well as my whole face. I looked so bad and felt miserable. My family did not get them. But why not?

I showered every day and night, washed everything every day, vacuumed the entire house and bed every day for years and during that time I put everything on me that I read might work. I became the chemical woman, then the natural cure woman and eventually just to sleep I stuffed my ears with wet cotton wool so I could sleep, I believed they came up through the pillow just to get in my ears. Yes they were mites and they nearly drove me around the bend and back again. I have probably poisoned myself so have had to detox my self.

I started to keep a note of exactly when they attacked, one common denominator surfaced. It was when I was still that they got me and they attacked in force when it was dark and I was still. Conclusion was it was me, the mites live on me. Of all the things I tried one helped initially and may have killed most of them and the other stopped them in their tracks. But the thing that made them go away was piece of advice from my boss who had heard of it before in Columbia.

Firstly I sprayed the bed and myself and everywhere I layed or sat with plain Original Listerine, yes this well and truely got rid of a lot of them but I couldnt put it near my eyes or nose and eventually the undiluted listering burnt me. I read on this site that saliva works and yes it does oh joy it works and all I had to do was pur it anywhere I could feel them. But what really really worked was the advice from my boss..... Stop having sugar!! I immediatly stopped putting sugar in drinks or in anything I ate, I bought non sugar youhurt and reduced it else where. NO MORE MITES at all. They come back when I have a couple of days where I have indulged in coffee with sugar and I generally have too much sugar than is good for me anyway. If they appear the saliva stops them. Saliva has a potent acid when on skin so I guess it kills them. Safe for my nose and eyelids and ears too.

I am so relieved to be free of this torture. The Rosasia started to go when I gave up smoking.

I hope this helps someone somewhere. So please at least give this a go for a couple of weeks at least... stop your sugar intake and use your saliva on your skin and Listerine on where you sit or lay.

Manuka Honey +

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Posted by Jo (Los Angeles) on 10/03/2020

I had an earlier version of mites that persisted and thrived in my skin.. like scabies but harder to eliminate. I could BOIL my clothes and it wouldn't phase them. I found the best thing for my body was a manuka honey treatment but I could duplicate it with locally accessed ingredients for less and no wait on the shipping from new zealand. you need to blend ingredients to have it work. the most effective treatment was the mildest surprisingly. their lotion was a dilution of the oil, and it actually stopped the infestation. I would get a bottle of east cape manuka oil and one of lemon myrtle oil and mix in the base of sweet almond carrier oil. 6oz of almond oil to 1oz manuka to 1/2 oz lemon myrtle. These three ingredients make a lot of the product you need. and a small amount of this into an unscented body lotion well mixed, applied several times a day and the rash would be gone. for my clothes and bedding I used Kleen Free (formerly Kleen Green) and several ounces in a warm or hot laundry cycle would get everything if I soaked things first. I understand borax works and it's cheaper, but I haven't tried that. The great thing about Kleen Free is a gallon makes over 10 gallons so you can put it in a spray bottle and spray your hair, your skin, it gets the ones that might be crawling. if you have scabies this will work for you; be persistent, at any notice spray the kleen free solution (i get the unscented) and put the lotion on any active "underskin" area and around that area to keep them from traveling to a new part of the skin. I would sleep with a spray of the kleenfree on my hair in a plastic bag. But you have to treat everything at the same time.. use something on all surfaces, and yourself, make sure your bed is in a zipped mite free casing, the bedding is clean, and then continue this process. you can beat them !! I did it successfully for years, but occasionally I'd have a piece of clothing that I hadn't worn and it would start the infection process and I'd treat everything asap to keep from further invasion.


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Posted by Sandy (Monroe, Washinton,usa) on 11/28/2012

I use mayonaisse with olive oil (it will say this right on front of jar) then I put 5-7 drops of either clove bud essential oil or tea-tree oil in the mayo. I mix it well and then apply the cold mayo on my head. Then I use a shower cap to sleep in. This helps me so much, its no cure but keeps me sane, while fighting these darn things. Just before bed I use a thin line of dry eye ointment in the bottom eye lids( it will have petroleum and mineral oil as the ingredients) Make sure that you are all ready for bed and all you have to do is make your blurred way to your bed. This has really saved me. Also I have tried vasoline in my eyebrows with some cornstarch on top, and in the private hair areas also. They hate it!!! I do my shower before all of the above and scrub with a backbrush all over with some plain ole shampoo and about 5 drops of tea-tree oil. Avoid the eyes with any essential oil by itself. God bless and may we all find a cure.

Replied by Dibs
(Lancaster, PA)

How do you clean your back brush? Other brushes?

how did it go for you ??

Thanks, Darby

Replied by Mike
(Southern California)

Steralize all your hair brushes, back brush & nail brushes immediately after each use with cleaner with bleach from the dollar store.


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Posted by Ruth (Easley, SC) on 10/09/2008


Boiling menthol rub for colds seems to make these critters settle, or else it soothes the skin. Sulfur type products seem to cool and soothe the skin also.

EC: Menthol Rub = Vicks Vapor Rub or generic version... You can find sulfur type products in the eczema/psoriasis section of a pharmacy.