Demodex Mange in Humans

Demodex parasitic mites do eat humans as much as they do our pets however for our pets this may be a big problem. They are covered in fur and hospitable places for mites to live, where as humans only have a few areas in which the mites will thrive.

Demodex parasites will gather and cause problems for humans too thought. These are called Demodex folliculorum. These mites eat and survive on our skins secretions and within our pores there may be up to twenty five mites. They basically live of your sweat, dust and skin oil. The life cycle of Demodex-follicular-mites is roughly two weeks and they do not often survive as long as a month but do reproduce quickly and easily.

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Demodex-follicular (human mites) may be more commonly spread through touching facial skin with other people whom carry the parasite. This means that even kissing someone’s cheek or a friendly hug can end up in a parasite transmission. While parasites eating the living flesh of a pet is a big problems and causes hard to heal problems, most humans are able to have millions on their skin and have no problems what so ever. There are occasions where skin conditions like rosacea or dermatitis can develop because of the presence of mites.

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The Demodectic mites that begin to eat humans (cause visible damage to the skin) it is often treated by a doctor's prescription in serious cases. There are lotions that are applied to the affected area thickly as  effective topical remedy.

Demodex follicular (the human mite) is a saprophytic ectoparasite (lives in hair follicles) of the hair follicle behaves like an opportunistic pathogen (quick eater and reproducer) in immunocompromised patients where it may be responsible for demodicidosis. Immunocompromised people have weaker immune systems through illness or stress.

This is manifested by an itchy rash of rapidly excoriated follicular papules due to scratching (a red rash and spots). In humans, the pathogenicity of D. folliculorum and D. brevis is still controversial. In other words doctors are still arguing about why they thrive on one person and not another.

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Pictures of Severe Demodex Outbreak On Human Face

Demodex mites are very common in humans. The older you are, the more likely you are to have a few mites that live in your follicles, with some sources who say that virtually all older people have them in profusion. Follicle mites are passed directly from person to person through skin contact or shared towels and other structures. Due to the fact that they are microscopic, generally you do not know that you have the follicle mites. To confirm that they are present, you should gently scrape the skin secretions of the oily surface of the skin or try to express some sebum from the hair follicles (squeeze). The material could then be examined under a microscope, but if no mites are seen, they may simply be too little or too deeply dug into the hair follicles to be detected in this manner. For most of us, however, the presence or absence of follicle mites is of little consequence.