I've treated seb derm successfully with raw honey and virgin coconut oil and have been symptom-free since June '09. Follow this ---> link <--- for details.
Just curious, have you started using the topical Ivermectin yet?
Yes I have and with pleasing results. Initially I bought Ivomec in the form of the dip which is what they used on cattle topically. After the initial chemical smell I was very reluctant to use it on my face and bought the Ivomec injection. Here in Australia I could order it on a pet on line store. I could only buy it in 200mls so hesitated until my face got so bad I was desperate.
I started using it 3 days ago and I have already noticed a difference. I have also been taking antihistamines, anti inflammatories and propanaol so something is working. I found when I was on the Ivermectin trial I could stop everything else that I was taking. My face went into a remission for about 18 months. When I was using the 1% cream we were using it every night before bed as that was when the mites were supposed to be more active.
Today no new papules have arrived and my face has stopped peeling, the redness has also diminished. I have been using the Ivomec sparingly as I still have some fears as it hasn't really been used on humans. This solution is also 1% Ivermectin. My mother used to have a lot to do with animals and even though the use of Ivermectin is not FDA approved on dogs they used it to treat demodectic mange with good results. Dogs are very sensitive to many things, but I am still very much aware of long term effects that we can't know about. I also am aware of how I feel when I have a bright red peeling face full of papules and my children are patting my skin and asking me if my face hurts. So at the moment I am prepared to take a little risk and hope that I can put my face back into remission for another 18 months
I've started down the demodex treatment path. I'm currently using 1% topical ivermectin 2 nights per week and Eurax all other nights. I'm on day 11 and have some observations. My skin does seem calmer using these products but it also seems to be getting a bit dry. I'm trying to not use moisturizer as I've heard the ingredients in the moisturizers may feed the mites, not sure if that's true or not. In the last couple of days I've been getting some new red bumps on my forehead. These bumps have a white center and look a bit like a whitehead but the center is hard and can't be squeezed. I'm wondering if these new bumps are mite die-off related and I'm also wondering how bad the breakout will get. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. I'll continue to post results.
Thanks for the info Wistar.
I'm definately breaking out more than normal since starting the mite killer routine. It's either from mite die-off or my skin doesn't like the topicals and is reacting to that. Either way I'm going to stick to this routine long enough to either kill off the mites or prove that mites are not my problem.
Pleased to say that for the first time in months I am papule free. Not a one! Skin is soft again with no flushing. I am off the antihistamines and the propanalol.
I might see how I go off the Ivermectin for a few days and just use the Jojoba Oil at night and Invisible Zinc during the day.
It does seem to work, but the potential and unknown still concern me. Perhaps I should speak to my GP about monitoring Full Blood counts and Electrolytes.