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Folks, it seems as if everyone is saying it's the 'demodex mite' that's causing rosacea. It also seems that this information is coming from one Chinese source. I'm not saying it is not the mite, but there must be *several* factors that cause rosacea, and I hate seeing everyone thinking the same thing, when it might only have a very small part to play, if any. And just because it's in the news media, doesn't make it true. *smile* I have also had people tell me rosacea 'never goes away'. Mine did when I used Relief N Rescue! I had it twice and haven't had it since 2002. Now on to the article.
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You are not alone. Most individuals have millions of mites living in their hair and on their skin. "Many people don't like the idea of bugs living in their hair or on their skin, and some get really bent out of shape just thinking about it," says Jerry Butler, professor of entomology, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gainesville. "For some folks, it's enough to make [their] skin crawl. And bathing won't wash them off."
Known as the Demodex mite, the bug lives in the hair follicles of 96-98% of people and feeds on oils, hormones, and fluids around the follicle. Butler has counted as many as 25 mites in a single hair follicle. These itty-bitty insects usually are harmless and live in balance with their human hosts [underline BSN]. High populations of mites, however, can initiate a variety of problems. "When something causes the mites to reproduce at a higher rate, they can break out of the hair follicle and may cause acne, hair loss, and [various] skin conditions. In some cases, the interaction with mites causes skin to actually slough off." [BSN: Some of this may be true, however, we think Doctors just don't know half the time on skin conditions and will grab at anything]
Studies [BSN: Whose studies? Who did them? Who paid for them? Where are they?] show the mini-mite to be associated with numerous types of skin complications, but researchers are reluctant to conclude they are a direct cause of those situations. While Demodex may cause certain problems, it also is possible specific skin conditions become a breeding ground for mites.
Explains Frank Flowers, professor of dermatology at the Health Science Center: "There is a tenuous link [among] Demodex, acne rosacea, and folliculitis. However, no skin disease in humans has been conclusively linked with these mites". "The link between mites and hair loss and other skin conditions is not conclusive, but we do know it's a major problem for dogs," Butler adds. "If you have high levels of hormones, you're going to have high levels of mite reproduction because these anthropods obtain their steroids from the host." [BSN-so for pete's sake, DON"T use steriods! Use Serious Salve!]
Butler warns that Demodex poses the biggest threat to people under stress or those with cancer or other conditions such as HIV/AIDS that suppress the immune system. Mite colonies can spread unchecked because patients cannot produce the antibodies needed to control the parasites. "Under normal conditions, mites produce an antigen when they feed in a hair follicle, and then the human body makes antibodies against the bugs, thereby keeping their reproduction low and in balance. The mites are actually needed to make the antigen that stimulates the body into making protective antibodies." [Then why do people with healthy immune systems get rosacea? Conversely, since we ALL have mites on our bodies, why doesn't everyone with a suppressed immune system have rosacea and/or acne? [Our Relief N Rescue and certified organic Sea Buckthorn oils have proven themselves to get help tremendously in the fight against rosacea.]
Butler notes that mites feed continuously inside the hair follicle. Three to five days are required for egg laying and hatching, followed by seven days for the larvae to develop into adults. Their total life span is probably several weeks. They are transferred from host to host by contact, particularly in hair, eyebrows, and tiny sebaceous glands on the nose.
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treat or prevent disease. It is imperative in this day and age to start taking charge of your own health and body. Educate and think for yourself.
I do not know if any of these products will work for you. They certainly work for us and for those who take the time to write in and tell us, however as herbs and herbal products work differently with each individual, results cannot be anticipated and are never guaranteed. Do a skin patch test before using any product, this should show if you will be allergic to a product.