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    Default Cheap Effective Oral Treatment for Demodex Mites (rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex)

    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 has 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.
    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 9 months 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.
    Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a multi-vitamin containing Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
    Last edited by ElaineA; 16th November 2018 at 05:48 PM. Reason: Updated progress.

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    Hi Elaine, how are you doing now? Are you using any ongoing or preventative treatment?

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    I am still clear at 7 months post oral treatment.
    Daily taking the Visual Advantage AREDS II vitamin that contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin as well fish oil for eye lid inflammation. The AREDS II vitamins are good for your eyes. Marco posted that the Lutein and Zeaxanthin supplement appeared to improve his type II.

    Maintenance regimen just to avoid any recurrence of demodex:

    Nightly: Wash face with Tranquil Eyes 1% Tea Tree oil Foaming Face Wash followed by Heyedrate Hypochlorous Acid Spray (very mild acid - same stuff your body makes in response to a scrape).

    Weekly: Using Borax shampoo once or twice a week instead of regular shampoo.

    Bi-Weekly: Using the Borax bath soak about every other week.

    I've also had 4 IPL treatments and 3 Aqua Facials to try and clean up the skin and improve texture issues caused by the demodex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineA View Post
    I am still clear at 7 months post oral treatment.
    Daily taking the Visual Advantage AREDS II vitamin that contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin as well fish oil for eye lid inflammation. The AREDS II vitamins are good for your eyes. Marco posted that the Lutein and Zeaxanthin supplement appeared to improve his type II.

    Maintenance regimen just to avoid any recurrence of demodex:

    Nightly: Wash face with Tranquil Eyes 1% Tea Tree oil Foaming Face Wash followed by Heyedrate Hypochlorous Acid Spray (very mild acid - same stuff your body makes in response to a scrape).

    Weekly: Using Borax shampoo once or twice a week instead of regular shampoo.

    Bi-Weekly: Using the Borax bath soak about every other week.

    I've also had 4 IPL treatments and 3 Aqua Facials to try and clean up the skin and improve texture issues caused by the demodex.


    Hi ElaineA
    Any further updates? How is it going - still clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSD69 View Post
    Hi ElaineA
    Any further updates? How is it going - still clear?
    I'm still clear at 1 year!

    This 2 drug combined oral treatment worked extremely well for me.

    I had no side effects from the oral drugs. Treatment with the drugs took 2 weeks. I also continued to use the Cliradex wipes on face and eye lids during the 2 week treatment and for 2 weeks after treatment as an additional precaution.

    For long term maintenance I do the following daily: I change my face towel daily. I wash my face with Neutrogena Hydroboost cleansing gel during the day. I wash my face with a tea tree oil based cleanser before bed (Currently using The Body Shop foaming Tea Tree Oil cleanser). After drying my face, I spray my eyelids and face with a hypochlorous spray (Heyedrate or Occusoft Hypochlorous Spray). Moisturize (Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer) and I'm done. 2-4 times a month I do a Borax-Epsom Salt soak and wash my hair with DIY Borax shampoo occasionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineA View Post
    I'm still clear at 1 year!

    This 2 drug combined oral treatment worked extremely well for me.

    I had no side effects from the oral drugs. Treatment with the drugs took 2 weeks. I also continued to use the Cliradex wipes on face and eye lids during the 2 week treatment and for 2 weeks after treatment as an additional precaution.

    For long term maintenance I do the following daily: I change my face towel daily. I wash my face with Neutrogena Hydroboost cleansing gel during the day. I wash my face with a tea tree oil based cleanser before bed (Currently using The Body Shop foaming Tea Tree Oil cleanser). After drying my face, I spray my eyelids and face with a hypochlorous spray (Heyedrate or Occusoft Hypochlorous Spray). Moisturize (Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer) and I'm done. 2-4 times a month I do a Borax-Epsom Salt soak and wash my hair with DIY Borax shampoo occasionally.
    So good to hear!!

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    Thank you so much for this study, I have been wanting a study like this. I tried oral metronidazole before, i got some improvements but it didn't work and I couldn't stay on it for long but I have been wanting to try oral ivermectin and I wanted a study to bring to my GP.

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    Did the mites cause a red nose ? or facial background redness or was it just red bumps ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andydoyle View Post
    Did the mites cause a red nose ? or facial background redness or was it just red bumps ?
    In my case I didn't have the overall redness, just red bumps. I believe that's why with just visual exams, it kept getting misdiagnosed as acne. None of the 4 board certified dermatologists that I saw ever did any test to find out why all the different antibiotics never cleared the "acne" up.

    My educated guess is that the people with more redness may be more sensitive to the mites or more irritated by them.

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