Can Demodex Mites Cause Seborrheic Dermatitis?

by | Sep 18, 2017

The presence of Demodex mites has been conjectured to cause—or at least contribute to—Seborrhoeic dermatitis (American spelling seborrheic dermatitis).

Among its symptoms, seborrhoeic dermatitis causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. While typically, this condition affects the scalp it can also occur on oily areas of the body such as, upper chest and back.


Seborrhoeic dermatitis

That red, itchy rash on your scalp that has flaky scales could be seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea. It’s a common skindisease that looks similar to psoriasis, eczema, or an allergic reaction. And it can appear on your body as well as your scalp.


Causes of seborrhoeic dermatitis

The exact cause of seborrhoeic dermatitis is unknown. Or, to be more specific, there is no one cause but rather a combination symptoms that cause this irritating skin condition. Some of the symptoms which can contribute to seborrhoeic dermatitis include:

  • Your genes
  • Stress
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Certain medicines and medical conditions
  • A yeast that lives on skin
  • Demodex mites

It’s still considered a bit of myth that being unclean or an allergy causes seborrhoeic dermatitis. People most likely to get seborrhoeic dermatitis are newborns and adults between 30 and 60. Typically men are likely to have it as is anyone with oily skin.


Seborrhoeic dermatitis treatment

Sometimes seborrhoeic dermatitis will go away without treatment. However, it’s more common for it to come and go. Sometimes lasting years before disappearing. With a good skin regime you can control it—and in best scenarios you can cure it. It’s also advisable to consult with your doctor or dermatologist if symptoms persist. Some medications, if taken too long, can have adverse effects. Which is why it’s always a good idea to consult a medical specialist if symptoms persist.


What shampoo is good for seborrheic dermatitis?

You can get special shampoo for this skin condition. However, which shampoo is used does depend on the symptoms which are causing the seborrhoeic dermatitis. If Demodex mites are discovered to be contributing—one of Ungex’s shampoos can help you. Treating a Demodex mite infestation can go a long way to managing seborrhoeic dermatitis.


Can Demodex mites cause seborrhoeic dermatitis?

Demodex mite infestation usually remains asymptomatic, but may be an important causative agent for many dermatological conditions. Research is still being carried out on the relation between Demodex mite infestation and this skin condition. What we do know is that Demodex mites cause many of the symptoms related to seborrhoeic dermatitis. These symptoms include rosacea, irritation, dandruff-like symptoms and acne. So when you treat a Demodex mite infestation there is heightened chance of treating your seborrhoeic dermatitis.

If you want to know whether you have Demodex mites or not before taking any actions, it is good for you to take our online user-friendly Demodex detection quiz. It is quick and will only take maximum 10 minutes of your time.

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