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    Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    I've read throughout threads within this forum treatment for demodex parasites/mites. From the use of SeaBuckthorn products to the use of Borax laundry detergent as bath.

    i've started doing more research about both products but i can't really get far enough deph of information for either of them.

    i've started using Seabuckthorn SOAP, i did notice itchyness for the next week, although i only use it once a day, the process may seem to go slow for the reason that the symptoms should worsen to realize if you have the demodex parasite.

    so rather i've gotten impatient and tried a borax bath. after i've taken a bath with one cup of borax, (20 minutes), KP immediately started spreading throughout my arms and places i've never had them before.

    so, my question is, are the mites that the borax are killing the same ones that the SB soap is killing?

    if so, the spread of KP whilst taking the Borax bath is a good thing? should i expect the same results with the use of SB soap and the use of Borax bath aswell?


    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Isaac
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    Re: Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by midnightsun View Post
    I've read throughout threads within this forum treatment for demodex parasites/mites. From the use of SeaBuckthorn products to the use of Borax laundry detergent as bath.

    i've started doing more research about both products but i can't really get far enough deph of information for either of them.

    i've started using Seabuckthorn SOAP, i did notice itchyness for the next week, although i only use it once a day, the process may seem to go slow for the reason that the symptoms should worsen to realize if you have the demodex parasite.

    so rather i've gotten impatient and tried a borax bath. after i've taken a bath with one cup of borax, (20 minutes), KP immediately started spreading throughout my arms and places i've never had them before.

    so, my question is, are the mites that the borax are killing the same ones that the SB soap is killing?

    if so, the spread of KP whilst taking the Borax bath is a good thing? should i expect the same results with the use of SB soap and the use of Borax bath aswell?


    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Isaac
    Isaac -

    1 - please read thru my post here:
    How Effective are Seabuckthorn Capsules by themselves

    I also have not uncovered anything indicating that SBO actually kills the mites. It's still a good product for skin, imho, but not for that reason.

    2 - Borax/boric acid is an insecticide and anti-fungal amongst other things.
    Borax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid...Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It is also used to make buffer solutions in biochemistry, as a fire retardant, as an anti-fungal compound for fiberglass, as an insecticide, as a flux in metallurgy, and as a precursor for other boron compounds."

    Don't get the powder in your eyes, its a dessicant. it works on insects by dehydrating them and cutting up their exoskeletons. It's of limited use with fleas but is supposed to be great for reducing cockroach populations.

    Uses of borates:
    Rio Tinto Borax : About Borates : Borates in Use

    Look toward the bottom of the above page for:
    "For Insecticide/Fungicide formulations
    For Algaecide/Insecticide/Pesticide formulation
    Borax Pentahydrate for Algaecide formulations
    Pesticidal Active Ingredient "

    It also has other properties for bathing:
    Borax Powder Profile

    "Cosmetic Use Borax is found in creams, lotions, shampoos, gels, bath salts, and bath bombs. It is an emulsifier, preservative, cleansing agent, and a buffering agent. Commonly used in bath salts, borax has the ability to soften the water, and suspend soap particles in the bathwater. The result is soft, clean, and healthy skin, which is not clogged by the residue of soap particles. When used in collaboration with citric acid in bath bomb or bath salt recipes, the product will produce a fizzing action. It also forms bath or body gel, when mixed with water and guar gum. In summary, Borax has the following uses for body care products:

    • Preservative
    • Emulsifier
    • Water softener
    • Cleanser
    • Particle suspension
    • Buffering agent
    • Fizzing action (when used with citric acid)

    To use: Simply mix borax into the water portion of your recipe, and heat to a temperature of above 75 C. Stir until fully dissolved, and then incorporate into your recipe.

    Precautions:
    Not to be ingested, large doses may be fatal. May cause irritation if exposed to the skin, eyes, or if inhaled. Handle with caution, and keep away from children and pets."


    While I don't find, say, an MDs site specifically recommending borax baths, it is common practice as a bath or cleaner for scabies infestation and bed bugs and various creppy crawlies. Technically, you can get tested for excess demodex mites I believe, like a skin s****e test and then a Dr could prescribe an insecticide. But all humans have some demodex mites. Allergic reactions or overpopulation are believed to be causes of or contributors to some skin problems.

    - bd

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    Re: Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    i read all that, but i must have missed something.

    in the end can i use borax baths as a replacement for seabuckthorn soap?

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    Re: Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    Ok, your original questions are here:
    Quote Originally Posted by midnightsun View Post
    i've started doing more research about both products but i can't really get far enough deph of information for either of them...

    so, my question is, are the mites that the borax are killing the same ones that the SB soap is killing?

    if so, the spread of KP whilst taking the Borax bath is a good thing? should i expect the same results with the use of SB soap and the use of Borax bath aswell?
    My last post was primarily trying to address giving you access to more in depth info. If you haven't looked at the links, I still recommend them.

    In theory, yes the borax would be killing the same mites that the SBO kills. However, evidence for SBO actually killing mites seems to be lacking.

    I can't really answer the other 2 questions since I'm not doing a mites treatment.

    But I should think you could use the borax baths in place of the SBO soap if the main mechanism is supposed to be killing off mites.

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    Re: Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    thank you bunny day

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    Re: Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    Hi,

    I don't want to discourage you, but I tried daily borax baths (3 months, and I hate taking baths!!!!! so it was HELL) and it didn't work for me. I also tried SBT soap, lotion and capsules (for over a year...) and boric acid baths (daily 1 month). So, I think these mites might not be the cause...
    I saw only little improvement with any of the treatments, but hey, maybe it works for you! I do have less bumps , but the mean redness is still here. I think some bumps dissolved because of the excessive soaking of 30 minutes a day. Ow the good thing is my footsoles look great now hehehehehe.
    Next thing I'm going to try is sulfur/salicylic acid soap. If that doesn't work I'm trying Epsom salt. If that doesn't work, I'm trying the Hulda Clark zapper and if that doesn't work... I don't know yet, but I'm not giving up and neither should you!


    xoxoxoxo

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    Re: Demodex Parasite Treatment?

    I don't know much about mites, but here is an article that may help from BBC - h2g2 - Dust Mites:

    Borax is a wonderful solution to end the fight against dust mites. The formula for borax is Na2B4O710H2O. It was originally imported under the name of 'Tincal' and is identical to the mineral kernite or rasorite except for the water content. Unlike most non-metals, borax is a good electrical conductor and gives off water when heated. Borax is a known method of controlling insects/arachnids, but is also used as a flame-retardant, and in fertilisers, sandpaper and glass. Borax works first by eating through the exoskeleton of an arachnid or insect, allowing precious moisture to escape and dehydrate the organism. Borax is also capable of suffocation.

    And another piece of the article:

    Rosemary, one of the testing variables in this experiment, is advertised as being able to kill fleas. Fleas, like dust mites, are arachnids and are susceptible to rosemary. Rosmarinus officinalis is the scientific name of this Mediterranean plant. The oil in rosemary kills mites by drying the moisture out that mites need. Rosemary is also used in perfumes, food seasonings and liniments because of its fragrance.

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