Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What are Demodex hair mites?
Demodex hair mites are parasites in or near hair follicles and have recently been identified as a leading contributor to hair loss. Hair mites are closely related to thinning hair and hair loss. As hair mites feed off of sebum, the hair follicle can become progressively undernourished causing the hair to eventually fall out. If they go untreated, their population can dramatically increase, resulting in hair loss.
2. Where can Demodex hair mites be found?
Hair mites can be found in hair follicles and sebaceous glands and they become most active in the dark at night.
3. What do Demodex hair mites look like?
They are invisible to the eye unless aided by a microscope. The adult Demodex mites usually are 1/2 to 2/3 of human hair, around 0.3 mm in length. They have semi-transparent elongated bodies with 8 short segmented legs.
Hair mites have pin-like mouth-parts for eating skin cells, hormones and oils. Also they absorb nutrition and oxygen from cells and have a high reproductive rate. They can walk around on the skin at speed of 8 to 16 cm/hour at night.
4. How long is the life cycle of a hair mite?
There are five stages in their life cycle. After mating on the surface of the skin, within 12 hours they go back under the skin and lay eggs, taking bacteria with them and excreting wastes and secretions, laying 50 to 60 eggs inside the hair follicles or sebaceous glands while the eggs take two weeks to develop into adults.
After death, their corpses become liquid and decompose inside the skin. They reproduce by a generation every 15 days. Their total lifespan is around 30 to 90 days.
5. Is the hair mite equivalent to the head louse?
No. the hair mite is different from the head louse.
Hair mites are parasites in hair follicles which can be visible by a microscope. Hair mites can lead to hair loss.
The head louse is an obligate ectoparasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood. They are insects which can be seen by naked eyes.
6. How to know if I have Demodex hair mites?
According to the recent research, most people with thin-looking hair have Demodex mites. Besides, we provide computerized hair scanning analysis to identify the presence of Demodex hair mites in hair follicles.
7. How long does the treatment take?
The treatment normally takes around 13 weeks, depends on individuals and severity of the hair condition.
8. How to help eliminating Demodex hair mites?
Ungex system is an all-new concept that can help eliminating the hair mites.
9. How did scientists become familiar with Demodex mites?
----Until now no one noticed the relevance of hair mites are present on the hair follicles of humans who are losing their hair!
Scientists became familiar with this parasite when it was suggested to be an aggravating factor with an acne skin. At that time there was not much information about Demodex folliculorum or proof to back up the claim, so it slipped into the ever increasing pile of research material and forgotten!
10. What is the geographic distribution of Demodex mites?
The Demodex mite spp., which belongs to Class Arachnida. In humans, the infestation is known as 'demodicosis' and occurs worldwide.
11. How many kinds of Demodex mites are living in human’s skin?
There are two kinds living in human’s skin. One is Demodex brevis that is shorter than the other one and it usually lives in glands. The one with longer tale is Demodex folliculorum and this usually lives in hair roots. 97.68% of adults have Demodex mites in their skin.
They avoid lights and prefer warm places. During the day, they consume nutrition inside of the skin and during the night they came out of the follicles and usually mating takes place at this time.
It is known that one person has about 63000 pores. Think about 7~8 Demodex mites live in one pore.
12. What is a hair follicle?
A hair follicle is a long narrow tube leading down from the skin surface to the root of the hair. Branching off the side of the hair follicle quite near the surface is a sebaceous gland that continually produces sebum, a fatty secretion to moisturize and protect the skin.
13. Where do Demodex mites live?
They live in hair follicles. While hair follicles and sebaceous glands occur virtually all over the body, follicle mites seem to have a predilection for the follicles and glands of the face. Early research indicated that they are most numerous around the nose and eyes, but some recent studies have found the highest numbers on the cheeks and forehead.
Follicle mites are long and thin —the better to fit inside a long thin hair follicle— with their four pairs of legs right up at the head end and the rest of their tubular body dragging behind. Demodex brevis mites live in the sebaceous glands while Demodex folliculorum mites occupy the hair follicles—both species feed on sebaceous secretions, reproduce in the follicle or gland, and both occasionally leave the follicle and travel across the skin to a new follicle.
14. Who has Demodex mites?
Demodex mites are very common in humans. The older you are, the more likely you are to have a few mites living in your follicles, with some sources stating that virtually all senior citizens have them.
15. How to see the Demodex mites?
Because they are microscopic, you generally don’t know that you have follicle mites.
To confirm that they are present, you would need to gently scrape oily skin secretions off the surface of the skin or attempt to express some sebum from the hair follicles on the face. The material could then be examined under a microscope; however, if no mites are seen, they might simply be too few and too deeply lodged in the hair follicles to be detected in this manner.
For most of us, however, the presence or absence of follicle mites on our faces, hair and skin is of little consequence.
16. The Interview: "The Myth of Mites"
Hair loss is not a new problem. When dealing with hair loss, people always
over-treat their scalps with too many products and treatments, hoping that it
will be deeply revitalized and hair will grow again. However, they might have
missed out something very important in the process. Our pets, be them cats or
dogs are always infected with mites or skin parasites that feed on the keratin
layer of the skin. Similarly, we have unknowingly become the host for those
dangerously harmful microorganisms known as hair mites which cause hair loss .
To tackle this problem, we have to start from the root.
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