WHAT ARE DEMODEX MITES?

Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that live under hair follicles and in oil glands. They are linked to many issues such as Demodex mites rosacea and Demodex acne.

Recent studies have found that mites are present on 100% of people, however they tend to become a problem when a high population density is found. 

A high population density of Demodex mites in humans have been linked to all manner of hair and skin problems.

Life Cycle & Survival 

  • The entire life cycle is usually 2 to 3 weeks.

  • A female mite lays around 15 to 20 eggs in the hair follicle near to sebaceous glands. These eggs will develop into larvae and eventually become adult egg-legged mites.

  • Adult male mites will leave the follicle to search for mates while female mites remain in the follicle.

  • These mites are capable to walk on the skin at 10mm/h, especially at night.

  • Both mites feed on skin tissues by piercing through the cell membrane. D.folliculorum can cause the enlargement of follicle; subsequently increase the keratinization in the base of the hair.

  • This keratinization when mixed with fats produces the classical clear cylindrical dandruff. This dandruff is thought to be caused by mite’s claws scrapping around the follicle.

  • Hair follicles infested with hair mites are usually fragile and likely to have hair loss.

How Do We Get Infected?

These eight-legged mites reside on hair follicles and sebaceous glands. About 65 species of Demodex mites are known and the 2 species identified are found in humans. Demodex mites can be transmitted or spread through direct contact with stray dogs and cats or dust containing eggs.

DEMODEX MITES SYMPTOMS

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