Demodex

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Demodex

 [dem´o-deks]
a genus of mites parasitic within the hair follicles of the host, including the species D. folliculo´rum in man, and several other species in domestic and other animals.

Demodex

(dem'ō-deks),
A genus of minute (0.1-0.4 mm) follicular mites (family Demodicidae) that inhabit the skin and are usually found in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of mammals, including humans. Some cases of blepharitis in humans have been attributed to Demodex infection; use of facial creams promotes Demodex infection in older women, resulting in facial erythema with follicular scaling.
[G. dēmos, tallow, + dēx, a woodworm]

Demodex

/Dem·o·dex/ (dem´ah-deks) a genus of mites parasitic within the hair follicles of the host, including the species D. folliculo´rum in humans.

Dem·o·dex

(dem'ō-deks)
A genus of minute mites that inhabit the skin and that are usually found in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles.
[G. dēmos, tallow, + dēx, a woodworm]

Demodex

a genus of mites parasitic within the hair follicles of the host; a member of the family Demodicidae. Some of the more common species are: Demodex aries (found in sheep); D. bovis (infests cattle); D. caballi (infests horses); D. canis (infests dogs); D. caprae syn. D. capri (infests goats); D. cati (infests cats), D. criceti (infests hamsters); D. equi (infests horses); D. folliculorum (infests humans); D. ghanensis (infests cattle); D. muscardini (infests dormice); D. ovis (infests sheep); D. phylloides (infests pigs).
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Demodex canis (left) and Demodex cati (right).By permission from Bowman DD, Georgis' Parasitology forVeterinarians 8E, Saunders, 2002
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Demodectic mange is caused by the Demodex mite that lives within the hair follicles.
For confirmation, we epilated 4-6 lashes bearing the cylindrical dandruff and visualized the parasitic demodex mite under simple light microscopy.
Known as the Demodex mite, the bug lives in the hair follicles of 96-98% of people and feeds on oils, hormones, and fluids around the follicle.
AVAR combines multiple mechanisms to control acne and rosacea, thereby offering anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and comedolytic/ keratolytic effects as well as reducing the population of the Demodex mite, an organism associated with the symptoms of rosacea.
A demodex mite is about half the diameter of a grain of table salt and is, therefore, extremely difficult to see even at the slit lamp.
Recent reports suggest that the Demodex mite is a contributing factor to meibomian gland dysfunction, meibomitis, blepharitis, and other eyelid irritations.
Blephadex is used in the treatment of Blepharitis and Demodex mites, while the dissolvable MacuStrip is a supplement for patients with Macular Degeneration.
They detected genetic material from Demodex mites in samples from all 19 adult subjects and 70 percent of 18 year olds.
17) Studies have shown that the density of Demodex mites in the skin of rosacea patients is higher than in nonrosacea patients, which suggests a role for these mites in the initiation of rosacea symptoms.
However, less well known is the branch of blepharitis associated with Demodex mites.
Healthy dogs very often house a small community of demodex mites on their skin and it is only when the dog's immune system becomes compromised, allowing the mites to over-populate, that mange results.
Alternatively we could look at controlling the population of Demodex mites in the face.