Eyelashes mites are parasitic mites that live in or near follicles of hair of mammals. There are two types of demodex species that infects human beings. They are the demodex brevis and folliculorum.
Eyelashes mites are miniature arachnids related to spiders. They have 8 legs attached to the base or glands of the eyelashes. They feed off dead cells of skin and oils that the body produces. Eyelashes mites travel around the eyes and can also spread to other areas of the body. These mites carry bacteria and cause infection especially if suffering from rosacea.
Who are at high risk for eyelashes mites?
- People suffering from skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Irritated skin is a potential food for the mites. The mites feed on dead skin.
- Elderly people more than 60 years of age.
- People sleeping and wearing eye make-up. The mites prefer oily skin especially around the area of the eyes and nose.
- Painful and watery eyes
- Red and swollen eyes
- A feeling that something is inside the eyes
- Itchy eyelids
- Burning sensation on the eyes
- Blurry vision
- The eyelids becomes thick and crusty
- Mix equal amounts of oil such as olive, castor, avocado and jojoba. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and use it to scrub around the eyelids and eyes. Leave it on as long as it does not cause stinging. If there is stinging, rinse warm water and reapply again every four hours for a week and every 8 hours for 3 or more weeks.
- Use new make up to prevent the risk of eye mites. Avoid using old mascara and new ones should be well-sealed. Wash make-up brushes at least 2 times in a month.
- Wash clothing and bed sheets, towels, pillow cases, handkerchief, blankets that comes in contact with the eyes using hot and soapy water. Dry in high heat. Wash lines and other personal belongings at least once every week. Linens of pets should also be washed to prevent infection.
- Apply the prescribed over-the-counter antibiotic ointment on the affected eyes.
- Apply the prescribed tea tree oil. Rub tea tree oil on the eyelashes every night for at least 6 weeks to eliminate the mites.