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Skin Burrowing Mites
Lice?: If you are talking about lice, body lice are tiny animals that infect humans. They are contracted by skin-to-skin contact with persons who have them, or by wearing their clothes. Head lice and body lice are caused by the same animal; pubic lice is caused by a slightly different but related mite. The primary symptom is itching. ...Read more
NO!!!!: Look up demodex. Most adults and many children carry them. The older you are the more you have. They rarely if ever cause any symptoms. No antibiotics are used for this, but sometimes permethrin cream is used. In case of scabies, they protect their territory and repel scabies mites from the face and scalp. You need to stop the enormous dose of folic acid, take Vitamin B12 instead. ...Read more
72 hours: Scabies can live for about 3 days off of the skin. That's why if you have items that need cleaning that you can't put through hot water in the wash to kill the mites, you bag the items in a clean garbage bag, seal it up, and leave it for 3 days and the items will be good to go again. ...Read more
See below: Dog mange caused by demodex mites is not considered to be highly contagious to humans with strong immune systems, but mange caused by sarcoptic or cheyletiella mites is extremely contagious to all humans. When passed to humans, sarcoptic mites may cause mosquito like bumps or a full-blown scabies infestation of the skin. Cheyletiella mites can cause itchy rashes and remain on human skin for extended period ...Read more
Itching/Inflammation: The mites live in the hair follicle and oil glands of the skin. It carries bacteria and when it dies releases this bacteria which causes an immune reaction leading to inflammation and redness. The mites move to the skin surface at night causing a sensation of bugs under the skin. Treatment of the infection and underlying disorder is key to it, s eradication ...Read more
Interesting: Never heard that the skin would be susceptible to insect bites more than someone else's unless the smell of the skin- soaps, colognes, perfumes, etc. maybe attracts the bugs more. You might try not wearing anything that has a fragrance to it- even washing clothes in fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets. ...Read more
Scabies Treatment: It requires effort to get rid of scabies. 1st, you ; all members of your household need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. 2nd, clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding ; towels you've come in contact w). There may be things like pillows that cant go in the wash. Place them in a big plastic bag ; tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because. ...Read more
After what?: Not sure what your question is. You have some question of hatching ability of scabies eggs. If you used the medication prescribed to treat the scabies, any unhatched eggs should become unviable, meaning dead and unable to hatch. If you have any doubt, repeat the original treatment 1 week after initial treatment. If different concern, please clarify question. ...Read more
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
KILLING BITING MITES: SORRY, NO "NATURAL" WAY.Get a more detailed answer ›
IS it possible to have dust-mites sticking to my skin and causing my allergies, what do you think?
If i have been cured of scabies, is it possible for me to transmit the disease still? Are the mites still under my skin?
Can bird mites stay on human skin a period even if away from the infested area? Can you see them crawling on the skin?
See below: You can see them crawling but they are very tiny, no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. They bite but don't burrow into skin or draw blood from humans. They wash off easily. ...Read more
Does saltwater kill scabies mites, when they aren't in the skin? For example if they are in a wetsuit?
Mites do not "like" salt water and in fact salt water baths are used to treat scabies!!!! I would, however, note that wet suits should be CLEANED with antibacterial, antiseptic, agents if they are going to be "shared"... If you use a wet suit regularly you should own your own!! My opinion only!
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Scabies TX: It requires effort to get rid of Scabies. 1st, you & all members of your household need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. 2nd, clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding & towels you've come in contact w). There may be things like pillows that cant go in the wash. Place them in a big plastic bag & tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because ...Read more
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.
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Scabies vs dust mite: Scabies and dust mites are two different kind of mites. Dust mites are ubiquitous occurring everywhere. They can impact respiratory allergies and asthma. Scabies is a mite that burrows into the skin causing severe itching. Scabies is treated using scabicides such as permethrin, lindane or ivermectin. Scabicide is spread over body then washed off in 12 hours. ...Read more
Possible: Flea, mites, can do that....Get a more detailed answer ›
Make an appointment : See an eye md to evaluate your eyes and associated periocular areas. A slit lamp biomicroscopic examination can elucidate the mites (lice) or their eggs (nits) and then treatment can be prescribed. Pilopine ophthalmic gel can be effective. ...Read more
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
Tea tree oil: Need to see ophthalmologist. I use tea tree oil and Pilocarpine ointment. ...Read more
I had hives in August, they healed but my skin is itchy off and on. Now I have red itchy bumps in lines of 2 or 3 on my arm. Mites? Husband is fine.
Continued histamine: Very likely the immune reaction which caused the hives, with histamine release, is still somewhat active. I doubt you have mites or any insect problem. Continue using the anti-histamines you were likely treated with (Benadryl?, Allegra (fexofenadine)?) or OTC topical cortisone as needed to control your current red itchy bumps. Best wishes! ...Read more
I've took a pain killer n 2 bc the pain is in my neck chin ear n head my vision is kinda blury and my head feels weird n throbbing im scared i mite dy?
Call your PCP: Your symptoms are not typical especially if this is the first time you have had them. It is also possible that the painkiller isn't effective for your symptoms. I don't think you need to worry about dying; I do think you should call your PCP ASAP and see what she or he recommends. ...Read more
I'm having hard pimples wt tip whit I smoke meth feel crawling in my head pimple tip cums off feels like mites inside my head is it possible?
You are dying: This is a classic symptom of advanced toxicity from meth. You are going to die very unpleasantly from your habit unless you get help giving it up. Even if you have so little regard for your health to have gotten yourself into this situation, think of the people who love, or used to love you. Let this thought give you the strength and courage to overcome this terrible affliction. Be brave and live. ...Read more
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