Stop Hair Loss Due to Hair Mites

Edited by Donna, Eng, Anonymous

It is normal for human beings to be host to millions of hair mites. The microscopic parasites, which live off the hair follicle secretions, only become a problem when there is an infestation or if the host human's body suddenly decides to react to their presence. Two of the most common reactions to hair mites are the development of ruddy red cysts on the skin called rosacea and hair loss.

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What Are Hair Mites?

Hair loss can be due to two different categories of Demodex hair mites, that grouped together comprise about 65 different species.

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    Demodex Folliculorum that lives and breeds in the hair follicles of humans.
    A microscopic image of a hair mite that lives in hair follicles.
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    Demodex Brevis that lives and breeds inside the sebaceous glands that are at the very root of each hair follicle.
    A microscopic view of a hair mite that lives in oil glands.
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Both types of mites are implicated in the loss of hair, with the Demodex Folliculorum being responsible for the loss of eyelashes, facial hair and scalp hair and Demodex Brevis being responsible for hair loss everywhere on the body, including the scalp. A single hair follicle can be home to as many as thirty mites.

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A severe case of hair loss due to hair mite infestation.

Symptoms of Hair Mite Infestation

Both the demodex Folluclorum mite and the Demodex Brevis mite can cause the same symptoms

  • Inflammation of the hair follicles
  • Itching, in particular, a sensation of itching or crawling under the skin
  • Large skin pores
  • Blackheads
  • Hair loss
  • Dermatitis
  • Rosacea on the cheeks that manifests as redness on the skin
  • Loss of the eyelashes (blephartis)
  • Itchy eyes

Another symptom of hair mite infestation is rosacea.

The Causes Of Mite Infestation

If you have a strong immune system, then your body tolerates the presence of these mites. Mites are a natural part of human biology and they have been with all of us since birth. Sometimes, disease or aging provokes the body to have an inflammatory reaction to the mite's eggs, waste products, dead bodies and the bacteria that they carry. This can result in hair loss.

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An inflammatory response to hair mites is most often caused by:

  • Aging, as mites multiply on our skin as we grow older
  • Stress as it is a condition that lowers our immune system
  • Lack of hygiene, which creates extra sebaceous oil on the skin for the mites to feed on
  • Cancer
  • HIV/Aids
  • Taking Immunosuppressive drugs for HIV or Cancer

Stress can lower your immune response to the presence of hair mites.

Steps to Stopping Hair Loss Due to Hair Mites

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    Wash all of your bedding, towels, clothing and anywhere else you suspect mites might be living in very hot water and then dry in the dryer on the hottest setting.
    Mites can live about two weeks on the human host and up to 58 hours on a damp towel.
    Be sure to wash your towels well to reduce mite infestation.
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    Sanitize your mattress with a vacuum and misting of tea tree oil.
    Mites only live a couple of hours once they have left their human hosts, but if you want to really make sure that you are free of them consider vacuuming your bed with an anti-allergenic vacuum like a Dyson. Follow up the vacuuming by spritzing your mattress with a homemade mite spray made from a mix of three cups water and six drops of tea tree oil.
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    Replace all cosmetics that contain oil or do not use them for 58 hours.
    Mites can live 58 hours in oil based cosmetics as the oil resembles the human sebum that they feed on.
    Mites can live for two days in cosmetic oils and creams.
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    Disinfect your razor with Dettol.
    Both men and women should watch out for mites living in shaving cream and razors. Washing your razor with Dettol and then rinsing and drying them in a sunny place can help prevent mites from infesting your face and causing ruddiness and rosacea.
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    Open the Windows to air out your bedroom and let the sunshine in.
    Exposure to sunlight helps reduce the mite population. Mites are destroyed by bright sun.
    Sunshine and fresh air are the enemies of hair mites.
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    'Stop making your bed.
    When you get up in the morning shake out the sheets and covers and make a bit of a rumpled mess. This helps prevent mites from living in your bedding.
    An unmade bed is a good thing when it comes to discouraging mites from living in your sheets.
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    Get outside and expose your skin to sunlight.
    Sunbathing can go a long way towards reducing the number of mites that live on your skin and the inflammation response to them living there. If you do not live in a sunny place be sure to take at least 1000 mcg of Vitamin D a day to help reduce the skin problems caused by a mite infestation.
    Sunbathing helps the skin and hair follicles recover from inflammation.
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    Add two drops tea tree oil to your shampoo and body soap.
    Tea tree oil is a powerful killer of dust mites and can help reduce the numbers of them that live on your skin.
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    Wash your skin well with a rough washcloth.
    As long as your skin is not bleeding or openly sore, go ahead and exfoliate your upper skin layers with a very clean washcloth. This can help remove the top skin cells that might causing the inflammation.
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    Drink kefir every morning.
    Kefir is a healthy fermented food that helps boost your immune system and balance your system so that your scalp does not produce so much oil. Demodex mites love to feed and reproduce on the oil that is produced on your skin.
    Kefir boosts the immune system and helps reduce the inflammatory reaction to hair mites that can cause hair loss.
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    Eat grass-fed beef.
    Organic grass-fed beef is high in B vitamins, A and E, omega 3 acids and zinc that is needed to boost your immune system and calm inflammatory reactions. Grass fed beef also contains more CLA (conjugated linoleic aid), a fatty acid that strengthens the immune system.
    Grass-fed beef contains nutrients that calm inflammatory reactions and boost the immune system.
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    Eat a variety of mushrooms.
    Mushroom of all kinds are natural boosters of the immune system and they are also rich in calcium, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamin C and all of the B vitamins. Mushrooms have all of the nutritious constituents needed to heal the scalp and grow healthy hair. The real immune boosters are the Reishi, Shitake and Maitake mushrooms which have modulating effect on the immune system.
    Shitake mushrooms help boost your immune system and reduce hair loss caused by inflammatory reactions.
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    Take propolis (bee pollen) every day to reduce your body's inflammatory reaction to skin mites.
    Propolis is bee resin. It functions as a broad spectrum antimicrobial compound that helps the body have an appropriate response to such tiny invaders as hair and skin mites.
    frameBee pollen (propolis) aid in calming inflammatory reactions to skin mites. Here the pollen is sprinkled on top of a smoothie.
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    Add chlorella to your diet.
    This is a green superfood supplement that helps detoxify your entire body so that your immune system is not overloaded. It is the immune system that is working too hard that is most prone to infestations by tiny skin parasites.
    Taking chlorella algae pills can help boost your immunity and stop hair loss.
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    Drink a cup of Matcha Green Tea a day.
    Matcha green tea is a stone-ground powder that is loaded with polyphenols that help boost the immune system. It is also rich in antioxidant vitamins C and E, which help reduce hair follicle inflammation and therefore hair loss.
    Matcha Green Tea helps heal inflamed hair follicles.
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    Drink a cup of Tulsi tea every day.
    Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil. This potent herb is not only a potent immune system booster but it also boosts your mood and makes you feel more relaxed. It is a good choice of tea who feel that daily stress is compounding the hair loss caused by the hair mites.
    Holy Basil tea helps build resistance against hair mites.
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    Eat a clove of chopped raw garlic every day.
    Raw garlic is an anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial food that also vanquishes reactions to dust mites. If you cannot stand the taste of raw garlic then eat it gently boiled or roasted. The rawer the clove of garlic is when consumed, the more effective it will be at helping your hair follicles recover from a reaction to hair mites.
    Eating raw garlic can help hair follicles resist reactions to hair mite infestations.
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    Add turmeric to your food.
    Turmeric is a spice that is very high in vitamins C and E. Both vitamins are a very potent healer of the skin follicles. Turmeric contains many constituents that boost the immune system and help reduce inflammation from skin reactions. Many people mix turmeric with a bit of sweetener in a cup of mil to create a drain called Golden Milk. This is consumed at night to help you relax and go to sleep.
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    Boost your immune system by taking Oil of Oregano.
    Oil of oregano is best taken as two or three drops mixed into a glass of lukewarm water and swallowed quickly. It has a terrible, acrid taste but it contains rosmarinic acid, which is a strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps increase circulation and heal inflamed hair follicles.
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    Be sure to get plenty of rest.
    Sleep in a cool, dry well-ventilated room and on very clean sheets. If you are itching every night, it might be necessary for you to change your pillows and sheets every night as well until your skin inflammation and hair loss goes away.
    Getting plenty of rest in a clean be helps your body heal and resist hair mite infestations.
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Tips and Tricks

  • If you have a pet, keep it's bedding clean and its fur well-groomed so that it does not spread mites to humans.
  • A folk remedy is to sprinkle a yellow powder called Flowers of Sulfur on the skin to help reduce the numbers of mites living in your follicles and sebaceous glands.
  • Garlic taken in a capsule is not effective at all for hair loss due to skin mites as only freshly chopped garlic contains the immunity boosting and disease fighting properties of allicin; the allicin does not exist until the flesh of the garlic clove is damaged.

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