Demodex Mites

Demodex Mites and rosacea are often talked about together, but so far its has proven difficult to prove that the mites cause rosacea symptoms. The best we know so far is that a bacteria associated with the mites, known as B. oleronius, has been shown to induce an immune response in rosacea sufferers. Collected here are the most relevant articles that attempt to tie down just what role demodex mites play in the development of rosacea.

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Can a Vet be a good alternative to your Dermatologist?

In recent years rosacea sufferers have had reason to think that a Vet might have some insights into treatments that could benefit them. In particular the development of ivermectin based treatments like Soolantra have drawn many similarities with the treatments for mange in animals. Vets have been treating demodex infestations with topical and oral ivermectin […]

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Soolantra is both anti-inflammatory and anti-demodex

This paper is exploring the reasons for Soolantra’s success in treating the lumps and bumps of rosacea; its dual method of action – both as an antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory. The research was able to show that along with the improvement in rosacea symptoms, trialists had a significant reduction in the amount of demodex mites present […]

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Demodex may prolong and intensify ocular rosacea

An edition of a clinical newspaper for optometrists –’s Primary Care Optometry News features an article on the relationship between demodex infestation and ocular rosacea symptoms. The web site appears to have broken formatting, so is difficult to read, but here are some extracts you may find interesting. We know that the 3 main […]

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Demodex Mites are as old a human origins

Lots of press coverage in the last couple of weeks about some startling discoveries borne out of mtDNA analysis of demodex mites in 80 subjects. The discovery uncovered by this research is that the genetic type of mite variety seems to be exclusively passed from parent to child in much the same way as DNA […]

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Demodex Mites are hard to study

Here we have one of the leading demodex and rosacea researchers explaining why demodex mites are might hard to study. The researchers are highlighting 4 main reasons that studying demodex mites is hard ; finding them, extracting them photographing them alive, keeping them alive while studying them and proving a human immune response to the […]

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