Ear Mites in Humans: Species, Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

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Ear mites are microscopic arthropods that live in the ear canal and cause some signs and discomfort to the host. Ear mites in humans are relatively rare but quite widespread in animals, especially pets.

Different types of mites can infect the ears of humans or animals. Otodectes cynotis (Gk. oto=ear, dectes=biter, cynotis=of the dog) are the most common species, but not the only ones. Other mites, including Demodex, can also cause ear problems. This article of Ozidex examines the similarities, differences, symptoms, prevention, and common treatments of ear mites in humans.

What Are Ear Mites?

Both mites, ticks, and spiders belong to the arthropod branches of the family tree; in other words, they are relatives. However, mites are closer to ticks than they are to spiders. On the other hand, they are much smaller than ticks and can barely be seen with the naked eye.
Interestingly, mites are the most diverse and successful invertebrates on Earth. Many of them live in the soil, yet some live as parasites on animals, and plants.

Although some mites can only survive on humans and animals, they often live in humid places (such as within the home) and feed on organic matter like dust. Most of these organic substances include dead cells from human skin, fungi, and small food particles spread across the surface of the home and garden.
Each adult mite has eight tiny legs. In a humid atmosphere, bedding may hold up to 12,000 dust mites per gram. Although it may vary, the average lifespan of a mite is 80 days.

Let’s get to know humans ear mites in more detail: Otodectes cynotis and the Demodex mite.

Ear Mites in Humans

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Otodectes Cynotis

Otodectes Cynotis is the most common type of ear mite, mainly found in pets and can jump from one animal to another through direct contact. Although it is uncommon, it can be transmitted from pets to humans leading to annoying symptoms.


This type of mite needs a host to survive and can not last on environmental surfaces. If you allow your pets to sleep in your bed or on sofas, the ear mite may be transferred from their body to the bed or sofa and then attached to you. It is also possible when you play with an infected animal; you pick up the mite as well.

Demodex Mite

Demodex mites are not usually referred to as ear mites in humans, but studies in recent years have shown that this type of mite can also cause complications in the human ear.
Unlike Otodectes, Demodex mite is not shared between humans and animals. To be more precise, the species of Demodex mite on an animal body is different from the species that can survive on the human body. So, fortunately, animal Demodex ear mites are not transmitted to humans and vice versa.
There are two types of Demodex mites on human skin: Demodex Brevis and Demodex folliculorum.

Unlike the previous type (Otodectes), Demodex is not considered a parasite as long as it is low in population. In other words, there are always a few Demodex mites living on our skin naturally. However, if they become too numerous, their function becomes parasitic and damages the human body.
Demodex lives in pores of the skin – inside the follicles and sebaceous glands – and usually prefers oily areas. For this reason, they may choose in or around the ear canal to feed on the superabundant resources in the area.

Signs and Symptoms of Ear Mites in Humans

When pets get ear mites, they constantly scratch their head. This is because of the itching and discomfort they feel within the ear area. Coffee grounds resembling substance may also come out of their ears.
Please note that if you see these symptoms in your pet, seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent ear mites from jumping to others and yourself.

Symptoms of ear mites in humans include:

If left untreated in humans, ear mites can damage the ear canal and cause constant hearing problems.

The symptoms we mentioned above are more common in the case of Otodectes infection. Although some of these symptoms are the same for Demodex, others can be different. For example, one of the symptoms of demodectic mange in your ears is a condition called ‘Demodectic Frost of the Ear’.

Demodectic Frost of the Ear

In this case, the ear lobe and its upper part become thick, red, and scaly. This condition is called Demodectic Frost of the Ear because it is similar to frostbite.
Itching, burning, redness, and irritability of the ear are other symptoms of Demodex mite in the human ear similar to those of Otodectes.
In addition to the above, people whose ears have a Demodex infection are more likely to have symptoms in other parts of their body. As we have said, the symptoms of Demodex appear when their numbers have increased. This large number in their populations are likely to cause problems in other areas of the body, especially oily areas such as the face, scalp, chest, and back.

Ear Mite Infestation in Humans and Other Dermatological Problems

Demodex can aggravate or even cause a variety of skin and hair problems as they increase. We will cover some of these problems in this part of the article. Having a few problems at the same time can indicate that you are infected with Demodex:

Ear Mite Diagnosis

Diagnosis of ear mites in animals is usually via clinical examination. A specialist examines the pet’s health and symptoms. In addition, they may observe inside the ear using an otoscope. However, because the mites are so tiny, the doctor can not see them. Examination of ear discharge under a microscope can determine the presence of mites.

In humans, the diagnosis of ear mites can be similar to that of animals. Besides, If there is a possibility of an infestation of mites within the ear, it may be challenging to get a Demodex diagnosis from a health professional like a doctor or dermatologist.

Because Demodex can affect other parts of the human body in addition to the ear, using an online Demodex diagnostic test can be very helpful. This test estimates the density of Demodex based on clinical signs and some general questions. Although this test is not specific to the ear, it generally indicates how likely you are to be infested with Demodex. If the mite density is high in your body, it is likely that your ear problem can also be caused by the same mite.

How to Prevent Ear Mites

When it comes to preventing Otodectes mites, the most important thing is to keep a close eye on your pets. Monitor them, and if they show signs of ear mites, seek treatment immediately.
If you see these signs, avoid direct contact with them and do not let them sleep in your bed or on your furniture until the issue has been remedied.
In the case of Demodex mites, as we have said, almost all of us have these mites, and the important thing is to avoid them over-populating. How?
By strengthening the immune system, maintaining personal hygiene, avoid sharing personal care items and physical contact with other people showing symptoms of an overpopulation of Demodex mites.
After all, the Ozidex protocol has been developed to provide a full care and prevention system for human skin and within the home as a surface spray. More information on our revolutionary flagship product PROCURiN can be found here.

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How to Treat Ear Mites in Humans

In the case of Otodectes, because these mites feed on earwax, the doctor may wash your ear canal with normal saline to remove the extra wax. As these organisms are parasitic, your doctor will prescribe antiparasitic drugs to eliminate the mites and their eggs.
Other ear drops prescribed by your doctor may include the following ingredients:

These components treat the symptoms of mites, such as itching, irritability, and abnormal ear discharge. If your ear has bacterial issues, due to the growth of mites, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic drops to treat your symptoms.
In the case of Demodex, the treatment may not be limited to your ear. As Demodex can live on most areas of your skin, even if treated, they can be transmitted again from other areas. Although many Demodex treatments are topical, a comprehensive method of controlling Demodex, may help you get rid of them once and for all.
This is what Ozidex helps you with.

How to Get Rid of Ear Mites in Humans

The primary mission of Ozidex is to eliminate Demodex-related complications over all parts of the body. To do this, we have produced a fantastic product that eliminates Demodex by direct contact. Not only does PROCUTiN eliminate these mites on the skin, but it can also removes them in the environment and prevent them from repopulating your skin.

Although PROCUTiN is explicitly formulated to kill Demodex, our customer experience shows that this product can kill other mites as well. Since Otodectes is also a mite, you can count on PROCUTiN to kill it.
PROCUTiN is suitable for use on sensitive parts of the body, and you can also use it around your ear. However, to be sure, dilute it in the first few weeks of use, according to the product guide.
Along with the product, we offer a unique protocol that helps you control your Demodex mites. This protocol considers and modifies all aspects of life that lead to the growth of mites.
You can count on us not only in eliminating ear mites in humans but also in all complications caused by Demodex.

9 thoughts on “Ear Mites in Humans: Species, Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

  1. Rana says:

    Hey there. thank you for the good information you provided about ear mites. I want to ask if it is safe to use your product inside the ear canal?

    1. sepideh-ozidex says:

      Hey Rana,
      Thanks for contacting us. Our product can be used for dermatitis seborrheic which can be involved in the ear canal. Our product is for external use, but for ear canals, you can spray Procutin to your finger and rub it to the opening part of the ear. You should avoid spraying it directly inside of ear canal. Just be careful that your finger should be clean. Also in the first month of treatment, you should dilute spray with pure boiled water and increase the ratio gradually.

  2. Kelly says:

    Dear Procutin,
    I have been suffering with mite infestation for over 2 years. I have tried ivermectin cream, permethrin cream, i have even used pet spray in desperation.
    They are unstoppable and my health provider which is kaiser is uninterested in addressing it. I went to their er and showed them them about my symptoms. I showed them the mites themselves which i saved on some swabs. The dr on duty said to shower more. I take 2 sometimes 3 lengthy Hot showers a day. They return.

    Please help me. I have many photographs and have been looking for help im so thankful i found this article

    Kind regards,

    Kelly

    1. sepideh-ozidex says:

      Hi Kelly,
      I’m truly sorry to hear about your persistent Demodex mite infestation and the lack of support from your healthcare provider. Maintain hygiene, but don’t overwash, since Demodex mites like warm water. You may take our online Demodex Quiz and it asks your picture, you can attach them there. Our consultants will be in touch with you there soon.

    2. Hamza says:

      Have you found any solutions yet? Im going through same situation.

      1. Suffering says:

        Hi Hamza,

        I have the exact same problem you are suffering from. Please see my response to Kelly posted today 4/28/2024.

  3. Catherine P Guffey says:

    I have read Kelly’s post from 9/23 and I feel her pain. I have lived with this condition now for a little over a year and I’m still trying to prove it to Primary Dr., ER, Urgent Care, etc. They have seen white bumps in both my ears, but still haven’t done anything but prescribe pain pills. I hopefully see an ENT soon, but am willing to try anything. I also need to mention that I no longer have eardrums. I think the bugs may have eaten through them and I have picked the remnants out. I’m hoping I can find an effective cream to help me or maybe rub your product on my finger, as you suggested to Kelly.

    1. Suffering says:

      Hi Catherine, I’m sorry to hear your story as I have had this same infestation on my skin and primarily my ears for one year exactly and still ongoing.

      I have been dismissed by so many physicians (primary, dermatologists, and multiple ENT’s). The infestation in my ears got so bad, I had surgery a few months ago. Even after surgery, two ear surgeons insist the white things in my ears are fibers from q-tips. I can feel these things moving in my ears and sometimes it feels like there are snakes in my ears, worst feeling ever.

      I have been prescribed everything including Ivermectin, Malathion, Spinosad, Ketaconozole shampoo and nothing has helped. I just met with Immunologist who ordered labs to test my immune system.

      All these physicians say it’s impossible for mites to ingest humans and human ears. So many people share our same story and we are treated like we’re crazy. This is the worst problem ever.

      1. sepideh-ozidex says:

        Hi, I’m really sorry to hear about your ongoing struggles. It sounds incredibly frustrating and painful. Given that traditional treatments haven’t worked for you, I wanted to suggest trying Ungex products, specifically PDT spray. It’s designed to help remove Demodex mites, which might be the cause of your symptoms. Many people have found relief with this treatment when other methods failed. It might be worth giving it a try. Good luck, and I hope you find some relief soon.

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