I have read voraciously the past 2 days since my re-diagnosis with demodex. I am currently on a regimen of topicals both prescription and OTC. I am concerned about my environment and am wondering if anyone has done anything to address the concern in their home. For example, I read that a product for sale on Amazon.com can kill environmental mites and help to prevent infestation. This product is an enzyme, natural, not chemcial (not a pesticide) and claims to break down the exoskeleton of the adult mite. What I am reading says the mite life cycle is about 3-4 weeks. I am assuming it will take this long at least to eradicate the little monsters. At first this seemed like a great idea, so I ordered 2 bottles. Now, upon second thought, I am thinking you can't completely rid your environment of these things because they are a natural part of the environment and it's my immune system that is failing. I have read derm journals and clinical trial results claiming most of the participants were immunodeficient, some with HIV, Lupus, or other autoimmune condition, sero levels of most participants showing decreased lymphs and increased levels of IgM antibodies. I am wondering if anyone has been told by a GP, Dermatologist, Nutritionist, informed friend that there is an immune problem happening and that has led to both the overreaction to the mites and the inability to keep the colony numbers low enough to be asymptomatic.
As a precautionary measure, I have ordered mattress/box spring casings, new bed pillows and linens, and, as mentioned early, purchased the environmental cleaner. I have read that it may be necessary to either freeze for a period of days or completely disguard all makeup that touched your face and even sanitize with bleach and boiling water any nail utinsels/tools used because the mites are spread from place to place when you scratch and the mites congregate under the nail. Is this overkill or am I leaving anything out?
Lastly, these critters are nocturnal, they are active at night, and I can literally feel these things having a circus on my face when it starts getting late at night. Does anyone else experience this?
Thanks so much for your help!