What are Mites?
Mites are incredibly diverse and successful little creatures that belong to the arachnid family. While it may not be a pleasant thought, these eight-legged invertebrates are all around us and live in our homes, on our skin and on our pets.
What Causes Mite Infestation?
In many cases, mites go unnoticed as the majority of them are microscopic and do not cause us any harm. However, there are a large variety of mite species and some of them can become a nuisance as they can cause skin irritations and allergies.
Most bothersome mites are actually parasitic to other animals such as birds, rodents, and our household pets. Occasionally, these mites may be passed on to humans where they bite and may cause skin rashes and irritation, however, most of them will not live for long off their preferred host.
Two mites that most commonly disturb humans are house-dust mites which are often a leading cause for allergies, and scabies mites, which are the most common cause of mite-related skin irritations. Symptoms of skin mites include severe itching (especially at night), a skin rash or little red bumps on the skin, as well as blistered, crusty and scaly skin.
Help for Mites
Suffering from mite-related skin irritation can be very itchy and frustrating, particularly those from chigger bites, and it helps to know that there are natural ways to bring relief from this pesky problem. The homeopathic ingredient Psorinum, which is actually derived from scabies, is excellent at soothing itchy skin and mite related skin irritation.
The homeopathic remedy Staphisagria is commonly used externally as treatment for itchy skin and parasites and is also said to be fatal to the itch mite which causes scabies. Lastly, Viola tri is an excellent remedy for intolerable itching and other skin complaints so often associated with mite rashes and skin reactions.