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Doctors Discovered More Than 100 Mites Living In Her Eyelashes For Years



You’ve probably picked up this little tidbit somewhere and wondered if it is true. Do we really have bugs living in our eyelashes (or eyebrows)? Yes, Microscopic Mites are living in your face. We sure do! Our skin is literally crawling with microscopic mites. Human beings host two species of mites, which are commonly called face mites or follicle mites. And they aren’t called face mites for anything! They do prefer to live on our faces, ideally near the eyes or nose.

The older you are, the more face mites you have tucked away in your facial follicles. Newborn babies are mite-free, but by age 60, virtually all humans are infested with face mites. Face mites are believed to spread from person to person via close contact. So if you’re out together dancing cheek to cheek, you may also be sharing face mites with your partner.

So when a woman found out that there were hundreds of mites in her eyelashes she panicked. Her story will make you change your pillow cases every now and then. This woman from China who was only identified by the name Xu has had itchy red eyes for almost 2 years already. She already visited a lot of doctors and found out the truth behind this horrifying itchy red eyes that she had for years.

According to the reports, the woman named Xu had hundreds of mites on her eyelashes for years! If there’s one story that could remind you to change and wash your sheets every now and then, that would be this woman’s case. Ms. Xu had more than 100 mites living in her eyelashes for years after she failed to change and wash her pillowcase for five years.

As stated in the report, Xu had itchy red eyes for two years before she visited the doctor to seek medical help. The moment she visited the doctor, she admitted that she had been using the same pillowcase since 2012 and had simply become used to the uncomfortable feeling in her eyes. Little did she know that mites are already living in her eyelashes.

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She told the doctors at the hospital in Wuhan, in the central Chinese province of Hubei that she had been treating the itchiness with eye drops. However, there were nights wherein she felt that her eyelids became so irritated that it swelled and she failed to open them. She was rushed to the hospital and it was them when the doctors told her that there are more than 100 mites living in her eyelashes. “One single eyelash was holding as many as 10 mites.” the doctors said
Apart from that, she was also diagnosed with blepharitis – an inflammation of the eyelid – and conjunctivitis.

The mites from her eyelashes were instantly removed through a treatment and she was later on given medication for conjunctivitis.

A study says that face or eyelash mites spend their entire life cycle tucked away inside your hair follicles. That means everything they do – mating, laying eggs, eating – happens in your face (literally, in your face!). Occasionally, a face mite may need a change of scenery. Face mites are photophobic, so they wait until the sun goes down and the lights are off before backing slowly out of their follicle and making the arduous journey (moving at a rate of about 1 cm per hour) to a new follicle.

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Although a lot of studies have correlated the presence of face or follicle mites with certain skin disorders, including rosacea, no clear link has been found to suggest the parasites contribute to or cause these disorders. A healthy human adult is colonized by 1,000-2,000 follicle mites at any given time, without ill effects.


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