Many patients ask what Demodex really is and looks like. It is a very common mite we have on our bodies, and though I do show as many patients as possible what we see under our microscope in the office, the below is a higher magnification of Demodex.
In the meantime, the best way to get rid of Demodex naturally is with Tea Tree Oil. The best product for this in my opinion and with personal experience is Cliradex:
From Dr. Tseng below: with permission.
Pathogenic role of Demodex mites in blepharitis
Purpose of review
Life of Demodex mites in human
Risk factors of Demodex blepharitis
Vector for bacteria
Disorders of eyelashes
Meibomian gland dysfunction
Lid margin inflammation
Clinical history: high index of suspicion when blepharitis, conjunctivitis or keratitis in adult patients or blepharoconjunctivitis or recurrent chalazia in young patients are refractory to conventional treatments, or when there is madarosis or recurrent trichiasis.
Slit-lamp examination: typical cylindrical dandruff at the root of eyelashes.
Microscopic confirmation: detection and counting of Demodex eggs, lavae and adult mites in epilated lashes.
References and recommended reading
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