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Posted on Sep 21, 2012 in Demodex | 0 comments

Symptoms and Treatment Of Parasites on Human Face. How Does Facial Mites Look Like

When puberty or adolescence kicks in various changes in our body takes place. Sweat and oil glands starts to be more active than usual. Your body pumps hormones more than usual. Things that you thought wasn’t there appears. Physically, inside and outside of your body changes as you go through adulthood. The worst ever change that almost everyone curses about are those pesky pimples, inflammations on your face, itchy feeling. But if these become worst it might not be your usual teen hood mishaps. It could be an infection due to an itsy bitsy parasite called demodex. These demodex are itsy bitsy parasites that would really bug you in your face.

Human Demodex or face mites resides on the human hair follicle and sebaceous glands. They are so small that a human naked eye would not be able to see or examine their skin if they have one. It is microscopic with the size of 100-350 micrometer. You would usually need a skin sample to check if you have demodex infestation. When viewed under a microscope, they are transparent to semi-transparent, elongated, with segments that are transfused together. Demodex human parasites have eight legs in total and their bodies are usually covered with scales to help them anchor themselves on the skin. They have two pin like mouth which is used for eating dead or live skin cells, active hormones on the skin, oils from the sebaceous gland and other nutritional elements found within our skin.

As said above, they reside on the human hair follicle and sebaceous glands in any part of our body, but they are usually found on our face: our chin, cheeks, nose, eyelashes and eyebrows. They are fond of wet and warm environments, since our face produces more oil than any other part of the body that’s why they are usually found on there. They are nocturnal, in which case they are more active at night. A low immune system can boost up or increase their population that could possibly, in return could result in a condition called demodicosis. They reproduce in a fast rate of twice a month. They mate at an open hair follicle. Then the eggs are laid underneath the hair follicle or oil glands. Once the adult demodex gives birth underneath the epidermis, it dies and their bodies will rot and liquidate within the skin or mostly inside the oil glands. This condition would result into an inflamed skin. The eggs would then develop into larvae after a week. These demodex or face mites can be transferred through physical contact of skin, hair, nose or cheeks. So if you have a condition that is worse than having a simple zit on the face with extreme itchiness. You might want to double check it if you have demodex mites living with you on your skin.

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