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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; 8th February 2020 at 12:22 AM. Reason: Uodate progress.

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    Hi ElaineA,

    Would you say that this treatment was more effective than the Lutein & Zeaxanthin supplements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlas222 View Post
    Hi ElaineA,

    Would you say that this treatment was more effective than the Lutein & Zeaxanthin supplements?

    The Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole were what knocked out the Demodex mite infestation for me. I did this oral parasite treatment first. It was extremely effective. I'm at 16.5 months post treatment and skin and eyes are still clear. My demodex infestation was long term and impacted both skin and eyes. I am certain that this oral parasite treatment worked to get rid of the demodex. The treatment has been studied and tested scientifically. If you have demodex mite infestation AND you can take the oral drugs, this should definitely help cure or at least greatly reduce the infestation in your glands and entire body. Topical treatments, like Soolantra, may work on milder infestations but may take a lot longer and cost more.

    Marcello's latest post indicates that while he is much better after taking the Lutein & Zeaxanthin supplements he is still having some issues. He is planning to increase his dosage to see if that would help. If I had to choose between the 2, then I would still do the Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment to get rid of the Demodex mites.

    I still had problems with eye lid inflammation and Meibomian glands not functioning very well due to the long term ocular rosacea damage. I started taking the Lutein and Zeaxanthin supplements after reading Marcello's post and researching the benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are well studied and known to be critical eye supplements. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are in the AREDS2 mix as recommended eye vitamin supplements. I figured it couldn't hurt to try the supplements since they are good for your eyes. They do seem to have helped my eye lids a lot with making oily tears.

    I found some useful information on this website about lid inflammation. Michael Lange developed the Fortifeye line of products. He recommends Lutein, Zeaxanthin supplements with Omega 3 supplements for patients with Blepharitis to help reduce lid inflamation and make the tears work better. I did not purchase this particular supplement. But the information on his recommended treatment for eye lid inflammation was interesting.

    https://www.fortifeye.com/articles/n...-and-dry-eyes/
    Last edited by ElaineA; 20th June 2019 at 11:07 PM.

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