Follicle Mite

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Follicle Mite

 

(Demodex folliculorum), a mite that is parasitic in the cutaneous glands and hair follicles of man and mammals. The body is elongated (0.3-0.38 mm). The mite has piercing mouthparts and four pairs of very short legs; the posterior section is extended and striated transversely. In man, the follicle mite is parasitic in healthy skin (hair follicles, sebaceous glands of facial skin and auditory meatus, and meibomian glands) without betraying its presence. The view that the follicle mite causes blackheads lacks adequate proof. In animals, the mite causes the disease called demodicosis.

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Scabies and follicle mites are the only exclusively human ectoparasitic mites and do not transmit infectious diseases.
Mite infestations and infections were classified into the following distinct clinical and etiological categories: (1) scabies; (2) chiggers; (3) rickettsioses; (4) follicle mite infestations; (5) dust mite allergies; (6) animal or zoonotic mite infestations; and (7) plant mite infestations.
About one out of every four of your classmates has follicle mites, or Demodex folliculorum (DEH-muh-deks foh-LIK-yoo-LO-nun), on his or her eyelashes and skin.
Tiny follicle mites, like the "eight-legged beast" that came toward the robot, live in the hair follicles on our foreheads, eyebrows, eyelashes, noses, and chins.

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