What is a Lash mite? Why some people have mites in eyelashes and others don't? How mites get into Eyelashes?
When demodex mite finds "home" in eyelashes, it name changes to Lash mite. Generally, demodex mites are called Demodex folliculorim. Name Lash Mite is widely used among people who has these parasites in the Eye Lashes. During the day, lash mites are less active, they stay deep inside the hair follicles of eyelashes, feeding on sebum oil. These parasites are night creatures. This is why, people with increased number of Lash mites feel more eye itching and skin irritation at night and around evening hours. Mites start to crawl out from follicles when it get dark. Crawling of thousands and thousand of microscopic bugs creates unbearable itching of eyelashes.
Symptoms of lash demodex can be similar to blepharitis and other eye related problems. If you feel itching, burning and notice inflammation of the eyelids, its best if you see a doctor. A test can show if you have demodex mites.
There are few different products available that can help to stop the lash itching and kill the mites. Some prescription and over the counter demodex products (cream, lotion etc) made with chemicals and antibiotics. If used for long time, chemical products can suppress the immune system of the skin. You should consult with your doctor about possible side effects. Anti Demodex Cream with sulfur is used to treat demodicosis. But sulfur generaly dry the skin. If skin gets dried, your body start producing more sebum oil and feed the mites. The sebum oil is a main source of food for demodex mites. Therefore, make sure your skin does not get dry if using sulfur cream.