What Are Eye Mites or Eyelash Mites?
What Are Eye Mites, Eyelash Mites or Demodex Mites? Eye mites also known as Demodex is a genus of a parasitic mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals. There are about 65 different species of Demodex with only two species known to attack human beings, i.e. the Demodex brevis and Demodex folliculorum both of which are commonly refers as to hair mites or face mites. However, eye mites or eyelash mites only refers to Demodex folliculorum. The Demodex brevis is normally found on the sebaceous glands while the Demodex folliculorum (follicle mites) is found on hair follicles. Both these two species are commonly found on facial areas and thus at times know as face mites especially on areas near your cheeks, forehead, chin, eyebrows, eyelashes as well as your nose. However, they can also be found on other body parts too. Causes of facial mites or how do you get eyelash mites If you think hygiene could be a main reason why you have mites in eyelashes, you are wrong since scientists have shown no relationship between personal hygiene and infestation of these mites. They have only noted that some hosts are much preferred by face mites than others. However, there seems a connection between eye mites and mascara as women who wear a lot of mascara tend to have a higher prevalence of these mites on their eyelashes. This is the same case for people who wear a lot of eye makeup in general. Furthermore, people who have oily skins tend to be more vulnerable to mites on eyelashes than those who do not have much. This could be perhaps due to the fact that they feed on these oils. Not washing your face before you go to bed or sleeping with your makeup could also be a cause for the increased levels of face mites. According to Dr. Oz (of The Oprah Show fame), 50% of Americans have eyelash mites as a result of sleeping in eye makeup What are some of the eye mite symptoms?
You will have Demodex mite bite or demodicosis that often results to some skin disorders, inflammation or an itching skin. You will experience the inflammation and itching in the morning since these mites crawl out of you eyelash follicles at night, mate, lay eggs and crawl back into your follicle in the morning.
Rosacea is another common sign you have lash mites as these mites often cause inflammatory skin diseases including rosacea.
Blepharitis, an eyelid inflammation condition characterized by crusty, swollen, reddened, burning and itchy eyelids.
Affected people may suffer from acne vulgaris as these mites often promote acne vulgaris.
Eyelash falling outin case there are so many of them in one single eyelash follicle.
Severe infestation of face mites can lead to eye and skin infection.
It is normal for doctors to ignore the presence of mites in eyelashes unless they are able to notice some eye mites’ symptoms.
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