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(Headline Health) If your eyes are bloodshot, people will wonder if you are hungover or flew the red-eye home from L.A. Or you may appear to have seasonal allergies or chemical sensitivity.
As it turns out, there’s a far more common cause of eye redness that most Americans have never even heard of – a skin and eye inflammation cause by a parasite called demodex folliculorum.
There’s no sugar coating demodicosis – it’s the same infection that causes mange in dogs. Yes, it’s that bad.
Anyone who has ever stayed in a hotel, an AirBnB, or a friend’s guest bedroom may have picked up this tiny parasite. In fact, the only group known to be free of the parasite is newborn infants.
Airline pillows are another potential culprit, as is any type of shared eye cosmetics.
The article below describes the symptoms of eye mites, and how to get rid of them.
It’s not a pleasant read … but the more you know about this tiny creature, the more successful you can be in banishing it from your life.
What Are Eyelash Mites? Woman Suffers Redness In Eyes Due To Parasites
(International Business Times) A Chinese woman, who sought treatment for her itchy eyes recently, was found to have more than 100 parasites living in her eyelashes.
According to a report in the Sun, identified as only Xu, suffered from red and itchy eyes for two years.
She initially used eye-drops from pharmacy stores to treat it.
But when the situation worsened, she went to a hospital in Wuhan in the central Chinese province of Hubei.
Doctors found the mites during their checks. In some instances, there were 10 mites on a single follicle.
When doctors questioned Xu, she admitted that she was using the same unwashed pillow case since 2012. Xu was diagnosed with blepharitis. After removing the mites from her eyelashes, she was given medication for conjunctivitis.
Demodex folliculitis, commonly known as eyelash mite, is a parasite that is found in the hair follicles of the face.
They can be found in the nose, cheeks, and on the eyelash area. When mites increase in number, they infect the face and cause the eyelashes to fall out. Too much oil secretion or excessive use of eye makeup can cause eyelash mite.
According to a report in the Health Status, it is estimated that 50 percent of people in the United States have the parasite because they do not remove their eye makeup before going to sleep.
It is necessary to maintain proper hygiene and wash eyes before going to sleep. Eye makeup, especially mascara, can lead to the growth of these bacteria, the report said.
Older people are much more prone to carry the mites. It is less common in children as they produce less sebum. A study of 29 adults in North Carolina, found that 70 percent of 18-year-olds carried the mites on their face, and it was 100 percent among those above 18.
Some of the symptoms of eyelash mite:
- The mite bites usually cause skin disorders, inflammation, or itching. The itching is more during the morning hours as the mites leave the follicles at night to mate and lay eggs.
- Rosacea is another symptom. It usually comes from the bacteria in the feces of the mites.
- Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid, which leaves the eyelid swollen, reddened, burning, and itching.
Mites may also lead to cause acne.
If the number of mites is too high, it may lead to eye and skin infection.
Ways to get rid of eyelash mites:
- Use a “no tear” baby soap to wash the face twice a day.
- Use tea tree products are such as shampoos and face washes.
- Apply a couple of drops of tea tree oil to the lashes.
- Avoid using makeup for at least two weeks when the eyes are affected.
- Buy new make-up kits.
- Have your spouse checked for demodicosis.
- Since dogs can also be vulnerable to eyelash mites, it is suggested to get the pets checked by a vet.
- Use clean bed sheets and pillows.
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Other tips to avoid and get rid of eyelash mites:
- Travel with your own clean pillow cases to use in hotels or guest bedrooms.
- Based on the information that mites leave the follicles at night to mate and lay eggs, you may want to get up in the middle of the night to wash your face or take a shower and flush away as many mites as possible.
- If you are experiencing redness or itching of the eyes or face, you may wish to consider the use of Demodex Control Body Wash, Demodex Shampoo, or Demodex Control Facial Wash. These products are fortified with essential oils known for their anti-demodex properties and are available without a prescription. – Editor, Headline Health