What Are Demodex Mites?

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Causes of Demodex Mites

Demodex mites are a normal part of the skin microflora of healthy humans and may even play a role in defending the skin against harmful bacteria.2Namazi, M R. ‘A possible role for human follicle mites in skin’s defense against bacteria.’ Indian journal of dermatology, venereology and leprology, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17675744 They can be found in any age group, but infestations occur more frequently in males and older adults.

An overload of mites may cause or worsen skin problems. Abnormally high levels of mites are commonly linked to a decline in the immune system. Chemotherapy, immunosuppressive drugs and immunodeficiency diseases can all cause excessive mites.

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