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Tiny mites on your face may cause rosacea
NBC News ^ | August 29, 2012 | Linda Carroll

Posted on 08/30/2012 1:03:01 PM PDT by neverdem

Scientists may have finally found what sparks the inflamed and reddened skin in people suffering from rosacea: tiny mites that crawl across most of our faces, unseen and unfelt.

The new finding may eventually lead to more effective treatments, researchers say.

As it turns out, the mites, which spend daytime hours in the glands that produce sweat and sebum, harbor a certain kind of bacteria in their digestive tracts. When the mites die, the bacteria spill out into the glands, according to a new report published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

That’s not a problem for most of us, says the study’s lead author Kevin Kavanagh, a researcher at the National University of Ireland. But when people have an especially heavy infestation of the little bugs, the release of bacteria can set off rosacea.

“In normal skin, the density of mites is low,” Kavanagh explains. “In rosacea there is a high density and therefore a large number of bacteria are released. We believe that the high level of bacterial toxins overwhelms the immune response and leads to the inflammation. It is interesting to note that [the mites] do not have an anus and therefore all their waste is stored until they die and then it is released in one go.”

Skin problems only occur when mites die while in the glands during the day. At night they pop out and crawl around the surface of the skin often in search of a mate. Kavanagh notes that the mites can cover a lot of ground – moving as much as 4 inches before heading back to the glands.

Kavanagh and his colleagues came to their conclusions after reviewing the available literature on rosacea and mites. Looking at all the findings together, the researchers realized that the most likely culprit in...

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: dermatology; mites; rosacea
The potential role of Demodex folliculorum mites and bacteria in the induction of rosacea.
1 posted on 08/30/2012 1:03:06 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

It’s all just conjecture — I’ve never seen an article with so many “mites” in it. It mite be this, it mite be that. [/jk]


2 posted on 08/30/2012 1:05:02 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I'm not voting for Romney. The Grand Old Whig Party doesn't own my vote and failed to earn it.)
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To: neverdem

The mites don’t have an anus and they release all this stuff when they die... I am assuming they just explode?!


3 posted on 08/30/2012 1:05:06 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: neverdem

I have rosacea. My doc told me that I should lay off booze, spicy food, and coffee. I told him, “what am I supposed to live on?”


4 posted on 08/30/2012 1:06:49 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: neverdem

It is interesting to note that [the mites] do not have an anus and therefore all their waste is stored until they die and then it is released in one go.”

Just the opposite of democrats who are mostly anus and
release their waste products constantly.


5 posted on 08/30/2012 1:07:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 1rudeboy

hahahaha...good one.


6 posted on 08/30/2012 1:07:46 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: momtothree

The bed bugs eat them!


7 posted on 08/30/2012 1:08:03 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: neverdem

8 posted on 08/30/2012 1:10:18 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: 1rudeboy; neverdem; momtothree

If you are serious..my mom suffered w/ rosacea.

Here’s some advice....which I had known this while she was still alive: Selsun blue seems to be a cure.

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/06/06/getting-the-red-out-of-rosacea/


9 posted on 08/30/2012 1:10:38 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Theoria

As far as I’m concerned, the only thing missing from his list was, “tawdry women who smell of cigarettes.”


10 posted on 08/30/2012 1:11:16 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Daffynition

I’ll check it out, thanks.


11 posted on 08/30/2012 1:12:16 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: neverdem

Urrrp. I think I’ll go sterilize my face now.


12 posted on 08/30/2012 1:12:22 PM PDT by livius
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To: neverdem

This doesn’t explain the ethnic component of the scourge of rosacea. It’s no coincidence the research was done at Ireland’s National University. The Irish, Scandinavians, and other northern Europeans seem to suffer while Greeks, Italians, and other Mediterraneans appear unscathed. What gives?


13 posted on 08/30/2012 1:12:28 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Joe 6-pack
Hope you're on dry land and the 'cane didn't bother you too much!


14 posted on 08/30/2012 1:15:16 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Years and years ago my pediatrician told my mom to use that stuff on my dry elbows which were always chapped and blackened no matter how hard I scrubbed or how much lotion was used. It worked!!

Also - for lice, don’t get the chemical stuff...just get some Cetaphil and work it through like a shampoo. Put a shower cap on and go to sleep. In the morning just shampoo it all out. The Cetaphil forms a crust and smothers the buggers.


15 posted on 08/30/2012 1:16:20 PM PDT by nurees (Oh...there is a NEW Mexico (Homer Simpson))
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To: tet68

It is posts like yours that force me to send money to Free Republic each month...:)


16 posted on 08/30/2012 1:17:50 PM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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To: neverdem

The mites also populate the eye lids causing heper-sensitivity when just waking and in many cases chronic blephoritis. You can get rid of them with tree tea shampoo.


17 posted on 08/30/2012 1:18:35 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: momtothree

Mite that true of DIMocRATs also? I always felt they are “full of it”.


18 posted on 08/30/2012 1:20:29 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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19 posted on 08/30/2012 1:21:17 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Daffynition

“The bed bugs eat them”

Why, oh why... am I so darn itchy right now?!!


20 posted on 08/30/2012 1:21:57 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: 1rudeboy
“what am I supposed to live on?”

________________________________

Memories (just like the rest of us).

21 posted on 08/30/2012 1:23:45 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Daffynition
Not bad here...

...but some poor folks east of here got some heavy flooding.

22 posted on 08/30/2012 1:28:34 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: neverdem

Calling William Jefferson Clinton!


23 posted on 08/30/2012 1:33:23 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: 1rudeboy

He took away three basic food groups.


24 posted on 08/30/2012 1:36:53 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Oratam
This doesn’t explain the ethnic component of the scourge of rosacea. It’s no coincidence the research was done at Ireland’s National University. The Irish, Scandinavians, and other northern Europeans seem to suffer while Greeks, Italians, and other Mediterraneans appear unscathed. What gives?

Maybe latitude and vitamin D? Maybe genetics? Maybe some combination of the two?

25 posted on 08/30/2012 1:40:09 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for the link, I think I will check them out too...

mites (shudders- scrubbing face with cloth.... eewwwwwww)


26 posted on 08/30/2012 1:42:18 PM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Oratam

Excellent point. My Irish father had it, not my Mediterranean mother.


27 posted on 08/30/2012 1:55:31 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: nurees

Isn’t it amazing...all these remedies that we might already be using for their *advertised* benefits.

I’ve recently learned a bit about the uses of vinegar...and I am very pleased.


28 posted on 08/30/2012 1:56:32 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: neverdem

They cause Demodectic mange in dogs.


29 posted on 08/30/2012 2:36:53 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Daffynition

I will try this next week..thanks for the tip. Nothing else has worked, seems less expensive than other things i have tried. Would be great to pass on to my daughters if this works :).


30 posted on 08/30/2012 3:32:31 PM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia. 2016 starts today! Walker, Issa, Rubio,)
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To: Oratam

Olive Oil in the diet. Olive leaf is an immune system builder.


31 posted on 08/30/2012 3:48:41 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: momincombatboots

I hope-hope it does work for you! Couldn’t be less expensive, especially if you are given prescription drugs.

As I mentioned upthread, my mom was so self-conscious about the condition, and tried everything her docs suggested...I wish I had known then...


32 posted on 08/30/2012 6:12:02 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL! [giggles] Very good!


33 posted on 08/30/2012 6:13:19 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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