To understand how to know if you have Demodex mites, you have to know what Demodex Mite is.
Demodex is a microscopic mite, which belongs to the Arachnida class. This mite is invertebrate and has eight legs similar to the spiders. It has a segmented body with jointed limbs. Demodex has appendages called the Chelicerae that appear before the mouth and are used for food. Demodex is one of the parasites that live on mammals. Each type of mammal has its specific Demodex. In humans, there are two types of Demodex, namely, Demodex folliculorum and Demodex Brevis, which could be found near or inside of the pilosebaceous units. They usually live in the facial region around the eyes.
According to the above-mentioned, the question has been well answered. How to know if you have Demodex mites? Since you are (probably!!) a mammal, you are most likely to have the Demodex!
Do not be surprised! D.folliculorum and D.Brevis are native and almost harmless friends of most of us. Several studies have shown that about 80-90 % of individuals have Demodex on their skin. But even native friends must be controlled so as not to colonize us.
When the number of Demodex exceeds 5/〖cm〗^2, our little friends may be out of control. This large number is usually the clinical manifestations of Demodicosis. If you have symptoms such as rosacea, blepharitis, peripheral dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and hair loss, you probably have Demodicosis.
So it’s better to change the initial question: How to know if you have Demodicosis?
How to Know If You Have Demodicosis?
There are rare diagnosing methods to detect Demodicosis, each of which has specific advantages:
Cellophane Tape Method (CTP):
This method is simple and is commonly used for epidemiological studies. The probability of the accurate diagnosis of this method is 91%.
The dermatologist presses the sticky side of a 3–5 cm piece of cellophane tape to the hair and skin of the selected region. Then coats a glass slide with mineral oil and places the adhesive side of the tape onto the glass slide. Demodex density is determined using the microscopic examination of the slide.
According to the protocols, the specialist squeezes the skin and the contents of the pimples and pores are removed using a glass slide and examined under the microscope. The probability of accurate diagnosis in this method is 34%.
Standardized Skin Surface Biopsy (SSSB)
This method is the most common method to obtain Demodex density. The specialist drops cyanoacrylate glue on a transparent slide and sticks it on the intended part of the skin and after a minute, removes it gently. Finally, the slide is sent to the laboratory for microscopic examination.
How can Ungex Help You to Know Whether you have Demodicosis or not?
If you have clinical symptoms of skin disorders such as itching, crawling sensation, rosacea, dermatitis, and blepharitis, take this three-minute test designed by Ungex. According to the clinical symptoms, this test determines your chances of developing Demodicosis.
Although the result of this test is not definitive, it helps you seek treatment for your disease if necessary.