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    Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.

    If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Rosacea, ocular rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex, etc.

    The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.

    Article: "Evaluation of the efficacy of oral ivermectin in comparison with ivermectin–metronidazole combined therapy in the treatment of ocular and skin lesions of Demodex folliculorum"
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315X

    The 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.
    Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:

    Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin.
    Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only).
    No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)

    Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin:
    1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water.
    2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet.

    As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful.

    I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.

    After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.

    Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole.

    I'm at the 2 year+ post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. I've also been able to cut back from daily use of natural tear drops - just use a few times per month instead of multiple times a day.

    Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco or Foaming Peppermint-Tea Tree oil Face Wash by Beauty by Earth (Amazon)) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate (or Occusoft Hypochlorous spray) nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking the Visual Advantage AREDS II Multivitamin which contains Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.

    I've also had 8 IPL and 2 Erbium treatments to repair broken capillaries, 3 Aqua Facials and an Erbium Laser Resurfacing (deep peel) to clear congested pores. All helped. I've used Epionce Lytic TX and Lytic TX Plus to help clear the pores. Currently using Alastin Skin Nectar which has also helped diminish some eyelid hyperplasias/papules. The Skin Nectar is less drying than the Lytic but more expensive. Either product is followed 5-7 minutes later by the a facial moisturizer to moisturize and normalize the oiliness in the pores.

    Heat compresses were helpful for clearing the blocked eyelid oil glands. I'm used the Thermalon Dry Eye Moist Heat Compress - microwaveable heat compress from Walgreens and elsewhere.
    Last edited by ElaineA; 8 February 2020, 01:19 AM. Reason: Update progress.

  • #2
    Same here

    I too have been struggling with skin issues for 50+ years. I had a bad case of mononucleosis as a preteen and lost about 20 pounds. I gained a figure but sacrificed my skin. I never put the two together until I read your article. I would like to try the oral doses but can’t seem to convince anyone of the mites to begin with. That’s when I started doing my own research and found the D-Earth cure. My eyes are still bad, though I just started with the wipes.

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    • #3
      I have begun a recent struggle with demodex. It is horrifying and the dermotologist I went to refused to do a scraping. He said my hair follicles are getting infected and it is my fault for scratching and picking. My general doctor, however, believes me and did a little research I believe. He just prescribed me ivermectin and wants me to use a lower 1% version of permethrin. I have been deali g with this for 5 months now. Any advise?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Karen m.s. View Post
        I have begun a recent struggle with demodex. It is horrifying and the dermotologist I went to refused to do a scraping. He said my hair follicles are getting infected and it is my fault for scratching and picking. My general doctor, however, believes me and did a little research I believe. He just prescribed me ivermectin and wants me to use a lower 1% version of permethrin. I have been deali g with this for 5 months now. Any advise?
        Some people have reported success with Permethrin for demodex.

        A tea tree oil based facial cleanser may also help. There are several available over the counter. Desert Essence Original Face Wash is available at Kroger and other stores as well as Amazon. The Body Shop also makes a Tea Tree Oil facial cleanser. I use the Tranquil Eyes 1% Tea Tree Oil Foaming Cleanser. by eyeEco available on Amazon.

        Another simple option is Borax. 20 Mule Team Borax is available at most major US grocery stores in the Laundry detergent aisle - around $5.50 per box. Borax will kill demodex on the surface of your skin. Borax is anti-microbial and fights fungal and yeast infections as well. You can make a simple DIY shampoo that you can also use to wash your face. Take 1 tablespoon of Borax mix into 1 cup of hot water to dissolve it. Let it cool and pour into a clean plastic bottle (old empty shampoo bottle works great). Wash your face and hair with this solution - its not sudsy but will soothe any skin and scalp itchiness as well as help fight off any surface demodex and possibly fungal infection as well.

        Hope this helps.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ElaineA View Post
          Some people have reported success with Permethrin for demodex.

          A tea tree oil based facial cleanser may also help. There are several available over the counter. Desert Essence Original Face Wash is available at Kroger and other stores as well as Amazon. The Body Shop also makes a Tea Tree Oil facial cleanser. I use the Tranquil Eyes 1% Tea Tree Oil Foaming Cleanser. by eyeEco available on Amazon.

          Another simple option is Borax. 20 Mule Team Borax is available at most major US grocery stores in the Laundry detergent aisle - around $5.50 per box. Borax will kill demodex on the surface of your skin. Borax is anti-microbial and fights fungal and yeast infections as well. You can make a simple DIY shampoo that you can also use to wash your face. Take 1 tablespoon of Borax mix into 1 cup of hot water to dissolve it. Let it cool and pour into a clean plastic bottle (old empty shampoo bottle works great). Wash your face and hair with this solution - its not sudsy but will soothe any skin and scalp itchiness as well as help fight off any surface demodex and possibly fungal infection as well.

          Hope this helps.
          I use the Desert Essence tea tree oil toothpaste - it really helps prevent any mouth ulcers. I know there has been an ongoing discussion about the impact demodex mites may have in the mouth. Well for me this toothpaste certainly eliminates the ulcers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jo Brown View Post
            I too have been struggling with skin issues for 50+ years. I had a bad case of mononucleosis as a preteen and lost about 20 pounds. I gained a figure but sacrificed my skin. I never put the two together until I read your article. I would like to try the oral doses but can’t seem to convince anyone of the mites to begin with. That’s when I started doing my own research and found the D-Earth cure. My eyes are still bad, though I just started with the wipes.
            The wipes helped my eyes but my case was so severe they couldn't get rid of the demodex. The 2 week combined oral treatment with both oral Ivermectin and oral metronidazole cleared my eyes and skin. Using heat compresses twice a day with the Thermalon Dry Eye Moist Heat Compress helped a lot after the treatment. My eye lid glands were pretty clogged up. You heat the Thermalon compress up in the microwave - in my microwave no more than 15 seconds - get it warm but not too hot for your eyes. I found it at Walgreesns Drug Store but they are available elsewhere.

            I also used the Heyedrate Hypochlorous spray on my face and eyelids before going to bed at night (still do this).

            One other thing that may help your eyes is to use either Systane Balanced or Bausch & Lomb's Soothe XP drops to help restore your oily tear film. Both drops have some oil in them to help add that back to your eye's tear film. Stupid mites eat up the oil in the eye lid's meibomian glands leaving your eyes without the normal oily tear film. The type of oil in Sooth XP may have a slightly gray film at first but this wears off after a few minutes. The warm compresses can help open the glands up as well.

            Mites can live on a wet towel for up to 54 hours. Swap the towels that you dry your face with daily as an extra precaution against reinfecting your eyes from the towel you dry them with.

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            • #7
              Hello,

              Do you know if this Ivermectin treatment can be taken safely along with regular use of Restasis (cyclosporine drops) ?
              Just wondering as when looking for some information about it i stumbled on this : https://www.rxlist.com/drug-interact...nteraction.htm
              I guess it's not a big deal as we are talking about drops thus a local action mainly at pretty low concentration but still if you guys have any input i'd
              be glad to hear about it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ElaineA View Post
                Some people have reported success with Permethrin for demodex.

                A tea tree oil based facial cleanser may also help. There are several available over the counter. Desert Essence Original Face Wash is available at Kroger and other stores as well as Amazon. The Body Shop also makes a Tea Tree Oil facial cleanser. I use the Tranquil Eyes 1% Tea Tree Oil Foaming Cleanser. by eyeEco available on Amazon.

                Another simple option is Borax. 20 Mule Team Borax is available at most major US grocery stores in the Laundry detergent aisle - around $5.50 per box. Borax will kill demodex on the surface of your skin. Borax is anti-microbial and fights fungal and yeast infections as well. You can make a simple DIY shampoo that you can also use to wash your face. Take 1 tablespoon of Borax mix into 1 cup of hot water to dissolve it. Let it cool and pour into a clean plastic bottle (old empty shampoo bottle works great). Wash your face and hair with this solution - its not sudsy but will soothe any skin and scalp itchiness as well as help fight off any surface demodex and possibly fungal infection as well.

                Hope this helps.
                Hi Elaine

                I wanted to check if this was the Desert Essence Original Face Wash product you meant:
                https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pack-Desert...inal+face+wash

                Some people say it's quite drying on the face, though I am already a user of other Desert Essence products so I do believe they can work.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by antwantsclear View Post
                  Hi Elaine

                  I wanted to check if this was the Desert Essence Original Face Wash product you meant:
                  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pack-Desert...inal+face+wash

                  Some people say it's quite drying on the face, though I am already a user of other Desert Essence products so I do believe they can work.
                  Yes. That is the one I was talking about. I found it a bit drying. I was able to find a smaller bottle of it at Kroger (grocery store) to try. Another good and not too expensive option is the The Body Shop Foaming Tea Tree Oil cleanser. There is no Body Shop in my area so I got it from Amazon. It runs about $12.50

                  https://www.amazon.com/Body-Shop-Cle...s%2C146&sr=8-5

                  I was using the eco eye brand 1% Tea Tree Oil Foaming Face Wash but it is much more expensive about $38 from Amazon. It is gentle though.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Elias View Post
                    Hello,

                    Do you know if this Ivermectin treatment can be taken safely along with regular use of Restasis (cyclosporine drops) ?
                    Just wondering as when looking for some information about it i stumbled on this : https://www.rxlist.com/drug-interact...nteraction.htm
                    I guess it's not a big deal as we are talking about drops thus a local action mainly at pretty low concentration but still if you guys have any input i'd
                    be glad to hear about it.
                    The drug interaction sounds serious. That is a good question to ask a doctor. It might be a good idea to discontinue the Restasis while taking Ivermectin. It would be best to ask a doctor.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Elias View Post
                      Hello,

                      Do you know if this Ivermectin treatment can be taken safely along with regular use of Restasis (cyclosporine drops) ?
                      Just wondering as when looking for some information about it i stumbled on this : https://www.rxlist.com/drug-interact...nteraction.htm
                      I guess it's not a big deal as we are talking about drops thus a local action mainly at pretty low concentration but still if you guys have any input i'd
                      be glad to hear about it.
                      How are the ciclosporin (Ikervis?) eye drops working for you ? I started them 5 days ago but eyes are still red as **** :/
                      Have you tested for demodex?

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                      • #12
                        Diagnosis in the uk

                        Originally posted by rednessator View Post
                        How are the ciclosporin (Ikervis?) eye drops working for you ? I started them 5 days ago but eyes are still red as **** :/
                        Have you tested for demodex?
                        Where do you go to get properly diagnosed. I’ve been to lots of opticians . An eyegenist .
                        Community eye optician I she suggested it was Demodex and she referred me to the hospital.

                        Consultant at the Hallamshire hospital Sheffield was useless. He said I don’t know
                        “I’ve got a book here someone gave me I don’t know if you have got them or not”
                        So I said you have to pull an eyelash out and have a look.

                        He said have you tried pure tea tree oil ?????
                        Last edited by Rubydo1; 1 April 2019, 07:20 PM.

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                        • #13
                          I have not been properly diagnosed. I have not met a single eye doctor with more knowledge than people on this forum.

                          Thanks to Sejon who tipped me about hypochlorous acid spray 9 days ago, it took me 2 days of use until my eyes were _looking_ symptom free. They are still dry, but nowhere as near as dry as before (prolly due to inflammation). I plan to make a post about it but I’ll wait another week.

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                          • #14
                            Weird lids

                            Originally posted by rednessator View Post
                            I have not been properly diagnosed. I have not met a single eye doctor with more knowledge than people on this forum.

                            Thanks to Sejon who tipped me about hypochlorous acid spray 9 days ago, it took me 2 days of use until my eyes were _looking_ symptom free. They are still dry, but nowhere as near as dry as before (prolly due to inflammation). I plan to make a post about it but I’ll wait another week.
                            I have the spray but I’m to scared to use it as the skin is sore.
                            My symptoms are really weird Heat made things a lot worse.
                            My lower lids go swell up and down every day .
                            If I apply heat they blister with clear fluid.

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                            • #15
                              It’s not dangerous, try it, sounds like you got an infection, which the spray might help for

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