Eyelash mites also called “Demodex” can cause irritation to your eyes.
These mites lives on normal skin, however, when they grow on your eye lashes, they can cause Blepharitis, eye inflammation and dry eyes.
Demodex is eyelash mites living in the follicles of your eyelash roots. These mites are normal on your skin, except when you are allergic to them. These mites can cause dry eyes due to inflammation. Symptoms are red, swollen eye lids with flaky skin or rashes. Prolonged irritation causes dry eyes and inflammation of the of eye lids- Blepharitis. Getting rid of these mites will help prevent future allergic reactions.
Here is a home remedy you can try. If this doesn’t work, go see an eye doctor. T
- No-tear baby soap ro shampoo
- Tea tree oil – dilute to 50:50 with water
- New make-up
- Clean sheets and pillow cases
1. Wash your face and eye area with a gentle no-tear baby soap. Dilute the baby soap with water to create a 50/50 solution. Gently scrub with a washcloth twice a day.
2. Apply a drop of tea tree oil diluted with water to each eyebrow, and a drop to each eyelash. Mites living in the brows can easily drop down into the eyelashes. It is also highly recommended that you use dandruff shampoo to decrease the possibility of your danruff.
3. Throw away all your eye make-up and buy new. This will avoid transferring mites from dirty makeup. Don’t wear any make-up for at least one week, to keep the area clean.
4. Wash sheets and pillowcases on a regular weekly basis. Mites live in bedings.
5. Make an appointment with your eye doctor if the problem persists. Your doctor can prescribe a topical antibiotic ointment to help kill the mites and clear up the problem.
Reprinted Theralife Blog