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Mite (Definition)

Any of various small or minute arachnids of the order acarina that are often parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in ...Read more


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Will straight bleach kill mites?

Yes, but..: Bleach can kill mites but please don't put straight bleach on your skin. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to kill biting mites on someone skin and house (not dust mites)?

Is there a natural way to kill biting mites on someone skin and house (not dust mites)?

Skin: There are many types of mites, knowing the type can be helpful. In general, select showering over bath to remove them. If you bathe you can add epsom or sea salt (as hot water alone usually doesn't kill them). Use of a loofah will help to remove them from skin. Coal tar can reduce itch. Menthol can help keep them off skin. Clean shower or spray w dilute bleach after use. ...Read more

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Are bird mites contagious and can they live on human host? Is there a cream to use to kill them off your body?

Are bird mites contagious and can they live on human host? Is there a cream to use to kill them off your body?

Not usually: However they can cause an intensely itching rash. They don't stay in your body however. Depending on the extent of the skin rash, topical cortisone cream or oral steroid may be required to calm the rash down. ...Read more

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Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Unlikely: Scabies mites do not survive more than 2-3 days away from human skin. Items such as bedding, clothing, and towels used by a person with scabies can be decontaminated by machine-washing in hot water and drying using the hot cycle or by dry-cleaning. Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned can be decontaminated by removing from any body contact for at least 72 hours. ...Read more

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I have a question about scabies. Regardless of the effect to me/my skin and what i "should" do, will hot/boiling water kill the mites at all?

I have a question about scabies. Regardless of the effect to me/my skin and what i "should" do, will hot/boiling water kill the mites at all?

Easier way than that: You may not have scabies. It would be prudent to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. There are topical as well oral medications that are far safer than trying to scald yourself with boiling water. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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We have been treated for scabies. Will Lysol kill the mites on hard surfaces? Also, once treated, how long do we need to change our bed linens daily?

Lysol not effective: Scabies is a tough condition to treat since it infects close contacts with varying symptoms and tends to recur from decontamination of untreated people or fomites( infected house hold items). For this reason, simultaneous treatment of all potentially infected personnel is recommended, along with laundering of linen, clothing and towels etc in hot water cycle with each treatment cycle. ...Read more

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Can u soak in a diluted bleach bath and kill scabies mites in your skin?

Can u soak in a diluted bleach bath and kill scabies mites in your skin?

No. Use Elimite (permethrin). : No, Elimite (permethrin) (Topical Permethrin) is generally used to treat scabies. It requires a prescription. Generally ALL household members should be treated simultaneously even if only one (or some) are itchy. Otherwise the treated individual is likely to become reinfected by the other individuals in the home who are infected but not yet itchy/symptomatic. ...Read more

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Is my baby’s bed really full of dust mites and if so what can I do about that?

Yes it is...: ...And if it ain't broke, don't fix it - if she is not suffering from respiratory allergies or asthma, there is no reason to go on a mite-hunting expedition. ...Read more