Demodex ticks are rarely observed in children under 5 years of age, but this is a completely normal find in older children and adults, says dermatovenerologist Viktoriya Mironyuk.
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On the skin of each person, 2 types of ticks live – these are Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. They feed on skin cells and sebaceous glands, and Demodex folliculorum loves small hair follicles of eyelashes.
These ticks are necessary and is part of an invisible layer on the skin called the microbiome. Therefore, if you have found such a tick and even show it in a magnifying glass – this is not a reason to succumb to panic.
There are times when Demodex begins to multiply greatly, increasingly encompassing the skin – this phenomenon is called demodicosis.
Demodecosis – Symptoms Redness; Peeling; Itching sensitivity to the skin; Rash on the body;
Demodecosis is not the presence of the most Demodex mites on the skin, but their high density. One tick per 1 cm² is not a disease and does not require treatment. It should be treated only when Demodex mites are more than 5 adults, larvae or eggs per 1 cm².
How to treat demodicosis
Cleanse your face twice a day with mild pH products. Avoid oil-based cleansers and oily makeup; Use a water-based moisturizer; Periodically carry out gentle peeling of the skin to remove dead cells; Be treated with acaricides (benzyl benzoate solution, ivermectin cream, metronidazole, permethrin). They are inexpensive and aimed at treatment, namely: reducing excessive reproduction of ticks and eliminating symptoms
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