Demodex-based Issues Archives - Ungex | Demodex treatment Reclaim your skin the right way Tue, 13 Sep 2022 07:14:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.ungexau.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-cropped-g-logo-32x32.png Demodex-based Issues Archives - Ungex | Demodex treatment 32 32 Ocular Rosacea: Causes, Symptoms, and Relief https://www.ungexau.com/en/ocular-rosacea-causes-symptoms-and-relief/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/ocular-rosacea-causes-symptoms-and-relief/#respond Thu, 10 Feb 2022 13:00:32 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6846 Ocular rosacea is often mistaken for other eye-related concerns such as blepharitis, dry eye, or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). About 20% of people with rosacea show ocular symptoms before developing any skin symptoms, which often causes this type of rosacea to be overlooked or misdiagnosed.  This article helps you understand the symptoms and take the [...]

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Ocular rosacea is often mistaken for other eye-related concerns such as blepharitis, dry eye, or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). About 20% of people with rosacea show ocular symptoms before developing any skin symptoms, which often causes this type of rosacea to be overlooked or misdiagnosed. 

This article helps you understand the symptoms and take the necessary measures at an appropriate time. We also help you know more about ocular rosacea causes and risk factors (including Demodex mites) to prevent recurrence and progression.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a prevalent chronic skin disorder with varying manifestations and severity. The condition mainly affects the skin’s blood vessels, follicles, and sebaceous glands. Although rosacea can affect different parts of the skin, it is usually confined to the central part of the face (cheeks, chin, nose, and central forehead). This condition causes transient or persistent redness, broken capillaries and dilated blood vessels, pimple-like bumps, rough skin, and an enlarged nose

What Is Ocular Rosacea?

Although rosacea is mainly considered a skin problem, 58 to 72% of sufferers undergo various eye complications, including eyelid inflammation and discomfort in the eyes. About one-third of patients also develop corneal involvement, which can affect their vision. The rosacea that affects the eye is called ocular rosacea. As mentioned, in 20% of people, eye-related signs may appear before any skin symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose.

Persistent, untreated ocular rosacea may lead to varying degrees of eye complications, eyelid deformities, emotional and social suffering. Due to the negative impact of this condition on individuals’ quality of life and its potentially threatening visual effects, it is necessary to increase people’s knowledge about the symptoms, complications, and control of this complication.

Who Gets Rosacea?

Rosacea has been diagnosed in more than 16 million Americans, and Swedish research has shown a prevalence of up to 10%.

Women are more likely to get rosacea and are usually diagnosed earlier. A possible explanation for this is that women may seek medical care sooner than men. Men, on the other hand, are more prone to rosacea-related changes in the nose. These changes, which are accompanied by large, rough, uneven skin and bumps on the nose, are called “rhinophyma” and are more common in men over 40 in the more advanced stages of the disease. However, ocular rosacea affects both sexes equally. Rosacea may affect people of any age, including kids and old people, but it mostly affects middle-aged people.

Although rosacea is common in all ethnicities, people with fair skin and of European descent are more likely to get rosacea.

Ocular Rosacea Symptoms

Although rosacea, in general, causes redness and inflammation, this article specifically examines the ocular rosacea symptoms. For more information about cutaneous rosacea and the products that help you control it, delve into this link.

Symptoms of ocular rosacea include:

  • Foreign body sensation in eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blepharitis
  •  Itchy eyes
  •  Photophobia and tears
  •  Impaired vision (in case of corneal involvement)

Ocular manifestations usually affect both eyelids and can be identical to other ocular issues. Meibomian glands dysfunction, the major cause of evaporative dry eye, is common in ocular rosacea. This disorder can lead to changes in the tear film composition, resulting in dry eyes, telangiectasia (commonly known as “spider veins”), dilated eye vessels, dilated meibomian glands, and blepharitis. Conjunctival hyperemia and swelling are other symptoms. In acute conditions, ocular rosacea can lead to corneal perforation.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause and pathophysiology of rosacea, both cutaneous and ocular, remain largely unknown. But different theories have been proposed in this regard:

Rosacea and Inflammation

Some studies have investigated the tear fluid composition of ocular rosacea patients, revealing its high inflammatory factors compared to normal individuals’ tears. So, rosacea, including the ocular type, seems to be an inflammatory disorder.  However, in recent years, it has become evident that some external factors, such as lifestyle, certain stimuli, and weather conditions, can exacerbate or trigger this inflammation. Some researchers have also found that people with rosacea respond more strongly to stimulation than usual. Moreover, their immune system may be overactive and release more inflammatory agents, leading to exacerbated rosacea. Some of the environmental factors that trigger cutaneous and ocular rosacea are sunlight, pressure, heat, alcohol (especially red wine), spicy foods, some skin and hair care products, cosmetics, wind and cold, some medicines, exercising, etc

Vascular Disorders

Dilation and chronic venous insufficiency contribute to the rosacea manifestations. Studies show increased blood flow in the face compared to other parts of the body. Moreover, in patients who undergo ocular and cutaneous rosacea, blood vessels and lymphatic vessels dilate significantly, leading to the face and eyes becoming bloody, red, and inflamed.

Genetic Disorders

In addition to inflammation and vascular issues, heredity greatly influences rosacea development and flare ups. Some genetic factors change the arteries, leading to hyperemia of the eyes and face and some other symptoms of rosacea.

Microorganisms

Some microbes such as Helicobacter pylori, Demodex mites, and Staphylococcus epidermidis are other possible factors in exacerbating the condition.

Helicobacter pylori

The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection is higher in patients with rosacea compared to the general population. On the other hand, eradication has been shown to affect the clinical outcome of the disease. Helicobacter pylori is one of the bacteria that has a role in digestive problems. This bacterium causes ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also causes excessive dilation of blood vessels and intensification of redness of the eyes and skin by overproduction of some hormones.

Staphylococcus Epidermidis

Staphylococcus epidermidis is another microorganism that has a role in the pathogenesis of rosacea. They are the most abundant bacteria that live naturally on the skin of all human beings. This type of Staphylococcus protects the skin barrier integrity by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria – including Staphylococcus aureus.

Studies have shown that Staphylococcus epidermidis is the only bacteria present in acne-like appendages on the skin of people with rosacea. They produce inflammatory substances that stimulate the immune system and help trigger rosacea symptoms.

Demodex Mites

Demodex mites located in hair follicles and sebaceous glands are the most typical parasites in humans. They usually live in small numbers on everyone’s skin. However, studies support their role in activating immune mechanisms in different types of rosacea, especially papulopustular rosacea.

The number of Demodex is significantly higher in individuals with facial rosacea. A large number of them have also been found in the ocular-rosacea-caused discharge.

Demodex mites play a known role in causing and exacerbating blepharitis and chalazion, the two prevalent issues linked to ocular rosacea.

Beyond activating immune mechanisms, another suggested mechanism is that Demodex mites are the potential vector of some toxic microorganisms including Bacillus oleronius, the main culprit in initiating the inflammatory response in rosacea. 

Finally, Demodex parasites secrete provocative metabolites that can cause localized tissue damage, inflammation, and rosacea exacerbation.

The role of Demodex in the development and exacerbation of rosacea is so evident that sometimes large populations of them can mimic rosacea symptoms, which disappear with proper hygiene to remove the mites.

Ocular Rosacea Treatment

There is no definitive cure for cutaneous and ocular rosacea. Measures mostly include controlling symptoms and preventing progression. Meanwhile, adopting courses of action to control ocular rosacea should begin as soon as possible to prevent the irreversible change in eye tissue. These measures prevent serious complications and help the sufferers to return to normal life by controlling their symptoms.

Beyond the broad range of medical treatment, rosacea control has two important aspects:

  • Stimulus control
  • Root cause analysis

Stimulus Control

Primary management involves identifying and avoiding stimuli. These factors can usually vary from person to person. However, in general, the following elements can trigger the rosacea symptoms, including the ocular type:

  • Spicy foods or drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sunlight
  • Wind
  • Extreme temperature change
  • Stress, anger, or embarrassment
  • Intense heavy exercise
  • Hot baths or a sauna
  • Hot foods and liquids
  • Certain medications such as cortisone creams
  • Caffeine, cheese, and chocolate

Root Cause Analysis

One of the effective measures to control rosacea is to identify the root causes and minimize as many risk factors as you can. Obviously, many of them are intractable, including genetic predisposition, vascular changes, fair skin, and immune system imbalance. However, sufferers can seek to identify other risk factors and control rosacea by keeping them under control. Manageable rosacea risk factors include: 

  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Demodex mites

Medics can identify and eliminate each of the above factors in a specific way. For example,they diagnose Helicobacter pylori via stomach biopsy tests, stool antigen, and H. pylori breath tests.

Among the above controllable factors, Demodex mites have a notable role in developing and exacerbating rosacea manifestations. So, diagnosing and eliminating these mites is a great step forward in eliminating rosacea symptoms.

How to Detect Demodex Mites

There are generally two diagnostic procedures to identify Demodex mite infection in humans: microscopic testing and online testing.

Microscopic Test:

To conduct this procedure, a dermatologist removes a thin layer of the skin from the area most prone to Demodex mite activity (part of the skin that manifests the most rosacea symptoms). The laboratory scientist examines this sample under a microscope to count Demodex mites per surface unit. If the number of mites is significant (more than five per square centimetre), there is a great chance that they play a role in provoking rosacea symptoms. In this case, eliminating them is the best thing you can do to control your symptoms.

One of the best products you can use is PDT, the unique anti-Demodex spray manufactured by Ungex. However, if you undergo severe symptoms, have sensitive skin, or need to use the product on your eyelash line, SDT is a perfect choice. The product is extremely gentle on the delicate parts of the skin and does not cause irritation. Both PDT and SDT can be applied on all parts of the skin – even the eyelids and eyelash line. Just spray them on infected areas such as your scalp, skin, or even eyelids to get rid of the Demodex mites and their rosacea-mimicking symptoms. You need to do this every night for at least two months.

Demodex Online Testing:

The Demodex online diagnostic test is an accurate and trustworthy quiz to estimate Demodex mite density with a good approximation employing the symptoms they display themselves through. 

Contrary to what it seems at first, the online test is quite valid, and skips the common microscopic test errors. Demodex Mites usually seek refuge deep under the skin, hooked with their long tails to the hair bulb. So, the number of parasites one can count under a lens does not necessarily reflect their true population, while online testing does not face such a challenge.

Demodex online testing is fast, reliable, and non-invasive. It does not matter where you are, just click this link to find out your Demodex population. This test only takes you five minutes and is completely complimentary.

If the result shows medium, high, or very high density of Demodex mites on your skin, removing them will probably go a long way in improving your rosacea symptoms. 

To soothe Demodex mite symptoms, besides PDT and SDT, you can use DDC to clean your eyelids and skin. This product is a high-quality anti-Demodex cleanser that removes bacteria, viruses, and other germs in addition to Demodex mites. These germs include microbes that play an influential role in provoking rosacea manifestations. Since baby shampoo does not affect Demodex, you can use this product for routine eyelid washing, which is usually recommended as a home remedy for ocular rosacea.

References:

Patients with Ocular Rosacea

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Evaluation of Pruritus With Emphasis on the Role of Demodex https://www.ungexau.com/en/pruritus-with-emphasis-on-demodex/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/pruritus-with-emphasis-on-demodex/#respond Tue, 04 Jan 2022 13:42:55 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6872 Pruritus, or itching, is an unpleasant skin condition that typically triggers an urge to scratch. Although all people experience it, those with chronic pruritus have a difficult time coping with life. Chronic itching is a nightmare and can lead to unpleasant events. Unbelievable as it may seem, Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, of the department [...]

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Pruritus, or itching, is an unpleasant skin condition that typically triggers an urge to scratch. Although all people experience it, those with chronic pruritus have a difficult time coping with life. Chronic itching is a nightmare and can lead to unpleasant events. Unbelievable as it may seem, Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, of the department of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reported a rare case of pruritus in a 39-year-old woman who developed severe itching above her eye after contracting shingles. Shingles can sometimes cause loss of peripheral sensory neurons, eliminating pain sensation that prevents such aggressive scratching. Due to lack of pain and severe itching, she continued scratching the site, resulting in Osteomyelitis, skull perforation, and severe brain damage.

What happened to this woman is an extreme example of the underrated dangers of itching and a stark reminder of why diagnosing and targeting the root of pruritus is so important.

Itching can be localised or generalised to several parts of the skin. Regardless of wherever and how severe it is, the first step in targeting itching is to identify the underlying cause. This article examines the causes of pruritus, emphasising the role of Demodex parasites.

Evaluation of Pruritus- Itching Causes

Tracking down the cause of itching can take a long time. Physical examinations, history of pruritus, as well as blood tests and diagnostic procedures are involved in finding the root cause. The latter two methods typically look for reasons that won’t get brought to light by clinical examinations.

Blood Tests

Dermatologists may request a complete blood test to look for potential causes of pruritus. Blood component changes can indicate complications that may lead to itching. We discuss some of them here:

  • Erythrocytes, Ferritin and Haemoglobin: These indicators are associated with iron deficiency anaemia. Erythrocytes carry oxygen to tissues using haemoglobin, an iron-containing protein. Lack of iron can cause haemoglobin and Erythrocyte deficiency, leading to a lack of oxygen in tissues, which may cause itching. On the other hand, people who have already been diagnosed with anaemia and are being treated for it may have an allergic reaction to iron supplements, such as ferrous sulphate, and develop itching.
  • Liver Enzymes: Elevated liver enzymes are critical indicators of liver disease, which can cause itchy skin. Furthermore, the elevation of some liver enzymes may suggest cholestasis, another cause of pruritus.
  • Urea, Creatinine and Uric Acid: Important indicators of kidney function which increase in people with kidney failure and cause itching.
  • Thyroid Hormones: Changes in thyroid hormones are associated with itching. People with hyperthyroidism usually undergo pruritus.
  • Antibody/AntigenTest or Nucleic Acid Test: A positive result shows an HIV infection, which can cause widespread itching in sufferers.
  • Blood Sugar: People with diabetes develop peripheral nerve damage that can cause itching.

Skin Biopsy

A skin biopsy can help doctors check the skin for disorders and parasitic infections that can cause itching. Some of these conditions are as follows:

  • Demodex mites: Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that usually hide in the skin’s pores. They can cause extensive and severe itching by producing provocative substances and aggravating other skin conditions.
  • Skin cancers: Some types of skin cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma or, to a lesser extent, basal cell carcinoma, can cause itching.
  • Psoriasis: A chronic autoimmune disease that is associated with pruritus.

Paraclinical Measures

  • Chest x-ray: Enlarged lymph nodes can appear along itchy skin, and a chest x-ray can determine their size
  • MRI: MS is one of the issues that can provoke widespread itching, and an MRI helps doctors diagnose it.

Clinical Examinations

A careful history and physical examination can aid in finding other roots of pruritus, including: 

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Hives
  • Dry skin
  • Advanced age
  • Sunburns or increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Insect bites, or lice
  • Shingles
  • Substance abuse disorders or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Demodex Mites and Chronic Pruritus

Demodex mites are tiny creatures similar to spiders, except they are much smaller and commonly hide themselves in the skin pores.  The mites are microscopic, meaning they are not detectable to the naked eye. Along the line of Candida and Malassezia fungi, Demodex mites are ordinary inhabitants of human skin and usually harmless unless you have too many of them. Some conditions, such as a weak immune system, can encourage them to proliferate and cause myriad skin and hair issues, one of which is itching.

Demodex usually penetrate into deep layers of skin through tiny pores on the surface and settle inside the skin’s follicles and sebaceous glands.

The Demodex mite’s life cycle is quick and takes only 14 to 16 days. They usually live for several weeks, thus have ample opportunity to reproduce. Each female Demodex can lay 15 to 20 eggs at a time. So if you ignore the subclinical infection, they can cause severe complications, including itching in a short time.

How Does Demodex Cause Itching?

Demodex mites can trigger or worsen itching in several ways:

  • Exacerbating underlying conditions: Studies show that large populations of Demodex can provoke or exacerbate skin issues responsible for pruritus. For example, seborrheic dermatitis is closely related to Demodex infection.
  • Production of inflammatory substances: Demodex secrete inflammatory substances, which can cause local inflammation and itching.
  • Provoking the immune system: The natural defence may target these parasites as foreigners. Cytokines, a kind of immune system mediator, can start an inflammatory cascade, leading to symptoms including itching.
  • Parasites crawling on the skin: Demodex mites have eight tiny, segmented feet and move at a speed of 8 to 16 cm on the skin. When large crowds of them wriggle simultaneously, the skin can become irritated and itchy.
  • Body decay: Demodex parasites do not have an anus, and whatever they eat remains inside their bodies. However, along with the decomposition of their bodies after death, the toxic substances they carry inside themselves, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, gradually spill out on the skin and cause a variety of skin conditions, including severe itching.

What Causes Demodex to Overgrow?

As mentioned, almost any adult has a population of these mites on their skin. Still, some factors cause them to increase and exceed five per square centimetres of skin in number. This condition, which is usually associated with various skin conditions, is referred to as demodicosis. Factors that contribute to the Demodex overgrowth include:

  • Weak immune systems, such as in those with HIV.
  • Taking corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive drugs
  • Infections
  • Various skin concerns

Are Demodex Mites Contagious?

Yes, Demodex mites can quickly spread through contact from one host to another. Contaminated objects such as towels, combs and pillows are suitable carriers for these mites. To skip Demodex transmission, the following measures are recommended for individuals with a weak immune system or who are prone to Demodex infection for other reasons:

  • Do not share your personal belongings with others.
  • Avoid using other people’s personal belongings.
  • Avoid direct skin contact with different people as much as possible.
  • Wash your towel, comb, pillowcases and clothes regularly, then dry them in the sun.
  • Before using beauty salon and dermatology clinic equipment, spray a small amount of anti-Demodex products such as PDT on the surfaces to eliminate the mites.
  • Always observe your personal hygiene.

A Shortcut to Demodex Itching Diagnosis 

Due to the mites being microscopic, it is impossible to look for Demodex infection using a clinical examination. If your doctor suspects a Demodex infection, they confirm this hypothesis by sending a skin biopsy to the lab to count any Demodex mites under a lens. However, the Online Demodex Diagnostic Test is a non-invasive, more feasible way to diagnose Demodex pruritus. Although Demodex mites are invisible, you can trace their symptoms and available breaking out opportunities. This is an online microscopic testing site which uses these trackers to estimate the population of Demodex. The test is provided by Ungex Company, and our experts are the only authority capable of interpreting the results. Our R&D experts’ years of study and research support the online test result’s accuracy, precision, and reliability.

If you are suffering from chronic itching, it’s enough to spare five minutes and take the test for free. If the results report a significant number of Demodex, there is a chance your itching is related to these parasites. In the next step, the Ungex team will help you eliminate your mites and control the itching caused by them.

How to Soothe Demodex Itching?

Itching and other Demodex-related symptoms do not go away until you get the Demodex population under control. No matter how often you wash your skin, you cannot wipe them away by overwashing and may even worsen their symptoms. Repeated skin cleansing dries it out, damaging this crucial protective barrier. Broken skin can not protect the body against pathogens. Demodex parasites and other pathogenic microorganisms take advantage of this opportunity and grow.

Eradicating Demodex requires anti-parasitic products, which eliminate Demodex on the skin.

Ungex Anti-Demodex Products

Ungex is an Australian company, with experts skilled in producing anti-Demodex products. Our products can kill these parasites by direct contact. The most potent product of Ungex is PDT, which can destroy the mites both on the skin and in other immediate environments. It is enough to spray a small amount of PDT on the infected skin or surfaces. This measure gradually reduces the Demodex population and their symptoms.

SDT is another product of Ungex that works similar to PDT except that it is more suitable for sensitive skin. Using Ungex products for several months can help control the population of these mites and relieve the itching caused by them.

In addition to unique products, Ungex offers a particular protocol that helps you get the best results from the products. We have studied the lives of the Demodex well and found their weaknesses. Our consultants at Ungex provide free advice to clients during the treatment period and help them get the most out of these products

References:

Preventing Postherpetic Itch in Patient with Shingles

Itchy skin (pruritus) – Diagnosis and treatment – Mayo Clinic

Pruritus: What Is It, Causes, Types, Treatment, and More | Osmosis

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Crawling Sensation on Scalp, Reasons and Treatments https://www.ungexau.com/en/crawling-sensation-on-scalp-reasons-and-treatments/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/crawling-sensation-on-scalp-reasons-and-treatments/#comments Mon, 31 May 2021 04:42:58 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=5167 When a bug, spider, or other insects scurry past you, it is normal to have a crawling sensation on your scalp or other areas of your body for a while; more so if the bug has crawled onto your skin. I admit that I had an unpleasant sensation all night when I noticed a millipede [...]

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When a bug, spider, or other insects scurry past you, it is normal to have a crawling sensation on your scalp or other areas of your body for a while; more so if the bug has crawled onto your skin.

I admit that I had an unpleasant sensation all night when I noticed a millipede passing next to me. And the most mysterious thing is that I was searching for data to write this article for Ungex at that instant. For the next few days, I remember having a feeling like an insect creeping over my body. I tried to find the insect, but fortunately, nothing was there.

Although it is common for a short period to feel something creeping on your head or body, some individuals live chronically with this horrible sensation.

Sometimes, the crawling sensation is just on the scalp, but it may also be on other areas of the body. Crawling sensation is also known as Formication. Besides, this is also a kind of tactile hallucination. The word Formication originates from the Latin word “Formica,” which means ant. It indicates the feeling when ants crawl on the body.

This article will discuss the causes as well as the treatments for this annoying condition.

So, join Ungex on this quick trip.

What Causes People To Feel That Creepy Sensation On Their Scalps?

Most of the causes that make people feel creepy are unrealistic. This indicates that no physical agent originates this sense; thus, what is felt is just paraesthesia.

Note: What Does Paraesthesia Mean?

Paraesthesia is a bothersome sense on the skin that occurs for no real reason. Tingling, pricking, chilling, burning, numbness are some of these sensations. Paraesthesia can happen everywhere on the skin but is more prevalent in the arms and legs.

What is notable is that the creeping sensation on the head and other areas of the skin may be evident. In other words, skin parasites may exist and crawl under your skin, where they are out of your sight. Therefore, to understand the origin of Formication, it is important to consult a dermatologist to rule out any parasitic issues.

If the crawling sensation on your scalp is for real, Ungex protocol may help you. Read on to know more.

Crawling Sensation Due To Unreal Causes 

As discussed above, the crawling sensation is often a tactile hallucination involving several factors. Let’s discuss some of them.

Psychological Agents

Crawling sensation is more widespread in individuals with mental disorders. Hallucinations, delusion and issues stemming from drug and alcohol abuse are some of these situations.

Hallucination:

“A sensory experience that occurs in the absence of an external stimulus” – Aubrey Moe, a psychologist with the Early Psychosis Intervention Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Any of the five senses of taste, sight, hearing, and touch may involve hallucinations. Although crawling sensation is often a tactile hallucination, some individuals, mainly those who have suddenly quit alcohol consumption, may have a visual hallucination. They may see bugs or other insects creeping on their body, while, in reality, there is nothing there.

Delusion:

“A fixed idea that’s not consensually held” in the person’s culture and “is not consistent with the world at large.” Dr Philip R. Muskin, a psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Irving Medical Center and outgoing secretary of the American Psychiatric Association.

To summarize, delusions are more linked to ideas, concepts, and beliefs than to sensations. To be more precise, individuals with delusions may have a conception of insects attacking them; they believe that the bugs are attacking them.

Drug And Alcohol Abuse:

Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamine abuse for a long time can cause a crawling sensation on the scalp. This sensation is so prevalent in cocaine abusers that you can find the phrase “cocaine bugs” repeatedly in the literature.

As discussed earlier, abrupt alcohol withdrawal can also lead to the visual illusion of insects and the crawling sensation.

Environmental Agents

The difference between what I mentioned in psychological factors and what I’m just going to explain is that the former is “just in your head.” Although there are still no bugs, some agents can cause your nervous system to respond abnormally and send wrong messages. Some of these factors are as follows:

Taking Some Types Of Medication:

If you are taking one or more of the below medicines or have abruptly stopped using them, you may feel creepy on your head:

  • Some types of antibiotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Stopped taking benzodiazepine
  • Quitting tramadol
  • SSRI / SNRI antidepressants withdrawal

Clinical Concerns:

Some clinical concerns may affect the CNS or peripheral nerves leading to a creepy sensation:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lyme disease
  • Strokes
  • Some Vitamins deficiencies
  • Skin cancer
  • Tumour 
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Syphilis
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Shingles

Furthermore, mercury poisoning and exposure to some pesticides can also cause Formication.

Interestingly, some of the physiological situations, such as menopause, can also lead to this issue. So, if you are at the end of your fertility timeline, it is usual that you undergo such a feeling.

The Real Causes Of The Crawling Sensation

This is where the sensation turns into truth. No more hallucination or delusion. Tiny beings are really creeping under your skin:

Head Lice

Head lice are widespread at the school age, principally in cold countries like Canada and Russia.

These parasites are wingless insects that can only live on the human scalp and feed on blood. The female deposits 3 to 4 eggs a day, which are oval and are 0.8 mm in length. The eggs are visible as little lumps attached to strings. Head lice are tiny, but still, you can see them with naked eyes. 

Beyond head lice, body lice can lead to itching and crawling sensation on the body.

Fortunately, lice diagnosis and remedy is manageable. If the cause of your creepy sensation is head lice, a dermatologist or even a general practitioner can fix the problem in a few weeks.

Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea capitis)

In contrast to its name, the Ringworm is not a worm. This issue is rooted in the proliferation of a particular species of fungus that lives on the scalp. The fungus can quickly spread to others by direct contact. Using shared brushes, sheets, and other personal items can cause them to spread.

People with weak immunity are more prone to develop this type of fungus.

The problem shows itself when the scalp gets itchy and scaly in circles, and the strings fall out.

To prevent others from becoming infected, one should treat this issue as soon as possible.

Antifungal medicines and disinfecting personal items help resolve Tinea capitis crawling sensation.

Demodex Mite

Demodex mites are tiny organisms that are different from head lice. They are invisible to the naked eye and primarily feed on skin oils instead of human blood. Most importantly, they live on most of us in small numbers. Demodex mites live under the skin, next to the follicles and sebaceous glands. Female Demodex lays eggs and reproduces in the same place. They hate sunlight. Hence, Demodex mites climb up to the surface at night, mate, and return by sunrise.

Crawling on the skin’s surface with eight tiny feet can be a convincing reason for the crawling sensation on the scalp and other body areas. This feeling becomes more noticeable when the number of Demodex increases. Diverse factors, including infectious skin issues and weak immunity, can give them the opportunity to over-reproduce.

Demodex crawls on the skin at a speed of 16-18 cm per hour. So, when many Demodex mites crawl simultaneously, the feeling of crawling is not so surprising.

People who carry large numbers of Demodex usually feel more itchy and creepy at night.

How Doctors Treat Formication 

The fundamental strategy in treating the crawling sensation is finding the underlying cause. The physician decides about the treatment process based on the diagnosis. 

Usually, a general practitioner, a neurologist, and a dermatologist are the specialists who play a role in the final diagnosis.

If the feeling of creepiness is because of psychological problems, which is often the case, psychiatry and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are on the agenda.

In the case of clinical concerns, such as MS, the doctor treats the underlying disease to manage the crawling sensation. He/she may also change medications that cause creepiness if it is feasible.

After all, if the feeling of crawling on the scalp has a real cause, the treatment focuses on eliminating parasites. When these parasites are removed, the crawling sensation also disappears.

How Ungex Protocol Helps You With The Crawling Sensation

Ungex pty ltd is an Australian company that has formulated products that exclusively eliminate Demodex mites. They can eliminate Demodex on your scalp and body, as well as from environmental surfaces.

To check whether your crawling sensation is related to Demodex, take this online test to know how prominent the Demodex infestation is. If you have a high population of Demodex, the feeling of crawling on your scalp is likely relevant to them.

Our products are also effective in eliminating various other parasites, such as head lice. Many of our clients have stated that Ungex products remove lice, insects, bugs, and other mites. Thus, they might be effective in eliminating other real causes of the crawling sensation. So, try them and share the result with us.

Furthermore, some of our products contain antifungal and antibacterial ingredients that can remove toxic bacteria and fungi that cause itching. Since some of the factors that cause a crawling sensation on the scalp are fungi, you can reclaim your skin health by removing them.

To summarize, if the cause of the crawling sensation on your scalp is real, you can give Ungex a chance to help.

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Reference 

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What is Alopecia Universalis? https://www.ungexau.com/en/alopecia-universalis-and-demodex-mites/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/alopecia-universalis-and-demodex-mites/#respond Wed, 12 May 2021 07:24:15 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=5191 Alopecia is a general term for losing hair. It was first used by physicians back in Hippocrates’s time. Alopecia Areata is a typical autoimmune disorder that often leads to unpredictable hair loss. Interestingly, It came from “alopex,” the Greek word for fox. “Alopecia” was chosen because of fur loss seen in fox mange. “Areata” came from [...]

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Alopecia is a general term for losing hair. It was first used by physicians back in Hippocrates’s time. Alopecia Areata is a typical autoimmune disorder that often leads to unpredictable hair loss.

Interestingly, It came from “alopex,” the Greek word for fox. “Alopecia” was chosen because of fur loss seen in fox mange. “Areata” came from Latin, which translates to Area in modern English.

When we speak about hair loss, We may think about hairs on the head, but there is a rare condition which is called Alopecia Universalis(AU), an advanced version of Alopecia areata.

In this condition, not only hair on the head falls, but hair on other parts of the body are also affected. In this article, we will increase our knowledge about Alopecia Universalis, and also find out about its relation with Demodex mites..

What Causes Alopecia Universalis?

Doctors think some factors may increase the risk of this kind of intense hair loss, like stress. Yet, The exact  Alopecia Universalis causes are undiscovered.

This rare condition seems to be an autoimmune condition, Which happens When the body’s immune system attacks its own cells. 

In the case of AU, the immune system mistakes hair follicles for an enemy. So as a defence mechanism, the body defense attacks hair follicles which triggers hair loss. 

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation announces Alopecia Areata can run in generations. Although, unlike many inherited conditions, both parents must contribute specific genes to pass alopecia areata to their children.

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Symptoms

The key sign of Alopecia Universalis is losing hair on your head or different parts of your body. Symptoms may include loss of eyebrows, eyelashes, scalp hair and body hair.


Besides, the hair of your pubic area and inside your nose may fall too. You may have only hair loss symptoms, although some people have itching or a burning feeling in affected areas.

Atopic dermatitis, nail pitting and thyroid disorders are examples of conditions that can sometimes happen along with AU.  Anxiety, paranoid disorders, depression, and personality disorders are more frequent in people with different types of alopecia areata.

Lost hair may or may not grow back. People with AU may continue to lose hair, or this can be a temporary condition.  It has been approximated that only about 10% of people with Alopecia Universalis experience a full recovery.

Diagnosis of Alopecia Universalis

Symptoms and signs present usually are the main source for diagnosis of Alopecia Universalis.

Sometimes, the doctor requests a scalp biopsy to verify the condition.The scalp biopsy involves removing a sample of skin from your scalp and observing it under a microscope.

For more accuracy, your doctor may also perform blood tests to rule out other conditions that cause hair loss, such as thyroid abnormalities.

Can Alopecia Universalis be Cured?

Many treatments explored but unfortunately, no reliable cure has been found for this rare condition yet. Immunomodulatory agents such as imiquimod may be helpful. 

Interestingly, In June 2014, a report showed that a twenty-five-year-old man with almost no hair on his body had regrown a full head of hair, as well as eyelashes, eyebrow, armpit, facial, and other parts hair, following eight months of treatment.

The FDA currently approves no therapy. Still, Some promising treatments include:

  • Diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP)
  • Steroids
  • Squaric acid dibutyl ester (SADBE)
  • Cyclosporine in combination with methylprednisolone (a steroid)
  • Photodynamic therapy 

Alopecia Universalis and Demodex Mites 

Despite the fact that there is no significant relationship between AU and Demodex Mites, It has been recommended that a chemical produced by the mites may trigger an inflammatory reaction that affects hair follicles.

Although Demodex mites do not cause different types of Alopecia, including Alopecia Universalis, they may worsen the conditions to cause hair loss. 

How Can Ungex Help You Against Alopecia Universalis?

Ungex specialises in unique products and protocols that help you to treat Demodex mites. It may eliminate the signs of Demodex that worsen different types of Alopecia condition including Alopecia Universalis.

References:

Alopecia Universalis: What You Should Know

What you should know about alopecia universalis

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What is Demodex folliculorum?

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What’s to know about alopecia areata?

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Eye Mites Treatment: New Solution, Old Cause https://www.ungexau.com/en/eye-mites-treatment-new-solution-old-cause/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/eye-mites-treatment-new-solution-old-cause/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2021 10:55:57 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=5078 Demodex mites – or eyelash mites – are a typical cause of various skin, hair, and eye problems. This article discusses the ocular difficulties caused by Demodex mite and offers a new solution to help people with eye mites treatment. Stay with Ungex “The mites sit head down, tails up, with the tails aligned along [...]

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Demodex mites – or eyelash mites – are a typical cause of various skin, hair, and eye problems. This article discusses the ocular difficulties caused by Demodex mite and offers a new solution to help people with eye mites treatment. Stay with Ungex

“The mites sit head down, tails up, with the tails aligned along the lash at the root….Often there is columnar dandruff or cylindrical cuffing. If you rock the lash from side to side and pull, you’ll see the tails spread out along the base of the lash like little bristles. When you pull the lash, often the mites stay in the follicle, and you have to dip the lash back down into the follicle to get some of the mites onto the lash for evaluation.”

Dr. Safran in eyeworld

What you read is Dr. Safran’s real observation of eyelash mites with a slit lamp; something, most individuals, cannot believe until they see it: “Until you show them the mites moving under the microscope. When they see that, they’re ready to listen.” said Dr. Safran.

Let’s talk a little more about eyelash mites and go through their lives before discussing eye mites treatment.

What Are Eye mites?

For newcomers, eye mite, or Demodex mite, is a microscopic parasite commonly found on our skin, less common in children and more common in the elderly.

Fortunately, being microscopic prevents us from seeing them in the mirror every day. However, when their symptoms’ voices get loud, you notice their presence; when it is too late to debarment.

Demodex does not look like dirt on the skin that you can remove by washing; they live on the skin, attach themselves to the lashes’ bases, grow and reproduce. Thus, the fact is they live on you rent-free! 

They are like crowded tenants that you can hardly kick them out.

Types of Demodex

There are actually 65 types of Demodex, but what we know as eyelash mites are of two kinds: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. The only Demodex mites are inhabiting the human body.

These two types of mites usually live separately as a group. They are in the skin’s pores: 

Demodex folliculorum is mainly in the follicles, and Demodex Brevis in the sebaceous glands. They feed primarily to skin oils.

As our eyelashes protrude from the pores of the skin, our eyelids are a cozy inhabitant for Demodex to live.

Let’s see what harm Demodex mites do to their eyes and discuss eye mites treatment.

Eye Mites Complications

Although Demodex eye infection may be asymptomatic, some clinical problems are associated with a large number of Demodex:

  • Blepharitis
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Keratitis
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival inflammation

In addition to the above, other refractory eye problems can also be caused by Demodex:

“In any type of ocular inflammation where the condition is refractory, doctors need to consider Demodex as a causative agent” Said Tseng, M.D., director of the Ocular Surface Center and medical director, Ocular Surface Research & Education Foundation at TissueTech, Miami

Eye Mites and Blepharitis

Studies have shown that people with blepharitis may get Demodex 2.5 times more than others. This significant correlation could indicate the role of eye mites in this ocular complication. Also, Demodex treatment usually improves the blepharitis symptoms.

Blepharitis is a common type of eyelid inflammation that simultaneously affects both eyelids, is challenging to treat, and frequently recur. Symptoms include:

  • Wet eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Eyes burning sensation ‌
  • Oily-look eyelid
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Swelling and redness of the eyes and eyelids
  • Cylindrical dandruff at the base of the lashes
  • Sticky eyelids
  • Frequent blinking 
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Abnormal growth of eyelashes (eyelashes misdirection)
  • Eyelashes falling

Blepharitis is divided into anterior and posterior categories, in both of which the role of eye mite is recognized.

Want to know more about the role of eye mite in blepharitis? Read this article

Eye Mites and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian glands are kinds of oil glands that are located within the eyelids. Several of these glands are in both the upper and lower eyelids, and their ducts terminate at the edge of them, where eyelashes grow. Meibomian glands are different from the sebaceous glands, which are presented in all pores of our skin, including the base of the eyelashes.

These glands secrete a kind of oil that mixes tears to cover the surface of the eye. If this grease is absent or low in secretion, the aqueous layer of tear evaporates quickly, and the eyes dry out.

Thus, the most prevalent complication in meibomian gland disorders is dry eye, burning, irritation, foreign body sensation, and redness in the eyelid and conjunctiva.

Demodex – especially Demodex brevis – can block the ducts of the gland and prevent oil from escaping. Also, the inflammatory agents they secrete and the bacteria they carry can cause inflammation, leading to vents closure. 

Treating Demodex may help to solve this dysfunction.

Eye Mites and Keratitis

Inflammation of the cornea or keratitis is an inflammation of the surface layer of the eye, the cornea. This condition is usually accompanied by pain and blurred vision. 

The superficial type affects only the external layers of the cornea, while the interstitial type involves the deep layers.

Keratitis may be caused by viral or microbial infections, ischemia, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, tear flow problems, trauma and exposure of the cornea to air, and irritants.

As mentioned, Demodex can cause dry eyes by disrupting the meibomian glands. They also contain harmful microbes that can affect the cornea. The inflammatory substances secreted by them are a matter.

Chalazion

Eye Mites and Chalazion

A chalazion is a small bump on the edge or near the edge of the eyelid under the skin caused by obstruction of the outlet duct of the oil glands.

A chalazion may be inflamed at first, causing pain and redness that resembles sty; after a while, the pain and redness subside, and a swollen mass remains.

The size of this bulge is not fixed and may gradually get bigger or smaller. Sometimes, chalazion appears only as a prominent mass and is not accompanied by pain and redness.

As mentioned above, Demodex can block the oil glands’ duct. So it is not surprising that it plays a role in causing chalazion.

Eye Mites and Conjunctivitis 

The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent membrane that covers the whites of the eyes (sclera) and the inner surface of the eyelids.

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of this membrane that occurs due to infection or non-infection issues. The most common non-infectious reason is seasonal allergies, and the infectious types are bacterial and viral.

The Demodex mite can cause conjunctival swellings through its harmful bacteria. Eye mite treatment is a way to treat this eye problem.

How Doctors Treat Eye mites?

Ophthalmologists use a variety of combined methods for eye mites treatment:

  • Eye scrubs
  • Topical ointments to trap mites so that they could not move and reproduce
  • Antibiotics to kill the harmful bacteria carried on the mite
  • Tea tree oil
  • Observe personal hygiene

“The tea tree oil is probably not the last word on killing [Demodex], but it’s better than anything else we have right now.”

Dr. Safran

Old Demodex treatments, while helpful, can hardly eradicate them:

  • Using tea tree oil in high concentration and for a long time – which is necessary to kill all generations of Demodex – causes dry skin and reduces its resistance to pathogens.
  • Although antibiotics kill bacteria, they do not affect their carrier, Demodex.
  • Scrubs can only remove superficial Demodex mites, while most of them and their eggs remain under the skin.

However, to get rid of eye mites, you need a comprehensive strategy along with a noble product.

New Solution for an Old Cause: Ungex Products

Ungex is an Australian company with the mission of solving Demodex mites-based problems.

In 2012, we received the ‘Best Invention Award’ at the Malaysia Technology Expo for our novel solution in solving Demodex mites-related issues. 

Our products are a wonderful combination of natural and herbal ingredients that kill Demodex and neutralize bacteria and other harmful substances in the body.

Ungex products destroy Demodex on the skin, as well as environmental surfaces and fabrics, thus preventing them from transmitting to others.

These compounds can be used on all parts of the body and help solve all the complications related to Demodex mite. Demodex eye problems, skin and hair difficulties – and in general, all Demodex side effects disappear by eliminating this parasite, and that’s what Ungex does.

In addition to products, Ungex has a comprehensive protocol that helps you control all aspects of your life that affect the growth and reproduction of mites.

Using Ungex products for an appropriate time and following its particular protocol is one of the best favors you can do to yourself to get rid of eyelash mite.

Ungex products, although harsh with mites, are gentle on your skin and, unlike tea tree oil, are safe for long-term use for helping eye mites treatment

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