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A2’s Protocol

March 08, 2012 By: kajay Category: A2, Best Practices, Members' Best Practices, Procedures, Products, Tips

What worked (bottom line up front):

Enviro: Diatomaceous Earth, 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, Lysol Complete Clean, bagless vacuum cleaner

Laundry: Lysol Complete Clean, jumbo sealable plastic bags,

Body: 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, Sulfur soap and foam bath, tick repellent, Vicks Vapo Rub

Internal: Sulfur caps, Itraconazole, Doxycycline, Valerian Root

Scalp: White vinegar

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I am a 50 year old female German resident.

The horror started in July 2009 with a bird’s nest on top of the flat roof of my office building. After the birds fled the nest, the mites started getting in through the windows, crawling up my legs and biting my thighs. In 2010, an entomologist at the University in Dusseldorf diagnosed me with a blood-sucking mite.

The bird nest was removed by pest control operators. They treated all offices treated  four times with Pyrethrum, but found nothing in the traps or on the tapes they had laid down. After they finished spraying, they stated that any living organism in the offices shall be dead now. That wasn’t the case as the biting persisted. Strange enough that I was the only one getting bit by the mites. None of my colleagues were bothered at all. At the time I was still clueless what I was dealing with.

I started my research on the internet and eventually found birdmites.org. From the symptoms and stories of the people there, I figured that I could only have bird mites. Three dermatologists diagnosed me with unspecific bites, but could not identify the parasite. Another diagnosed scabies ant treated me with Permethrin cream to no avail. By then, the mites had spread to my house and car, and were still in the office. They got in my clothes and this way just kept spreading. For about eight months, I slept little because each night I was attacked by thousands of mites and received such painful bites that sleep was impossible.

Diatomaceous Earth (Enviro)Every day, after coming home from work, I vacuumed and cleaned the whole house, sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth in all cracks, behind floorboards, and over the mattresses.

Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (Enviro)I sprayed upholstery and car seats with Isopropyl Alcohol 70%.

Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (Skin) – I also used this as a spot-on body spray. It seemed to be the only thing that killed the mites instantly.

Meanwhile, I became depressed and suicidal. Working full time, doing all the washing. ironing, and cleaning; and getting almost no sleep took a toll.  Even with the things I had done, the situation had not improved, and I lost hope of ever winning this battle. In April 2010, I finally captured a live, identifiable sample. It was identified as a blood-sucking mite. I then joined the Yahoo group birdmitesorg, and started reading and learning.

Sulfur Capsules (Internals, Bath)The first thing I learned was that mites do not like Sulfur. I ordered 1000mg sulfur capsules online and started taking two caps in the morning and two caps at night, 4000mg a day, total. I purchased sulfur soap and foam bath from the pharmacy. I used these daily. This was the first turning point in getting better.

Milestone 1 — Sulfur Soap and Foam Bath

Vinegar (Scalp)The mites on scalp and hair I treated with a mixture of concentrated white vinegar and water at a 60 : 40 ratio. Sprayed on in the morning after normal hair wash and on the night before going to bed for 7 days eliminated the mites there. Cheap plus efficient!

Lysol Complete Clean (Enviro, Laundry)One member on the forum recommended this. I used it to clean and spray all surfaces in my home (floors, walls and ceilings). I also used it as a conditioner in the washing machine. The active ingredient in Lysol is benzalkonium chloride. The equivalent to Lysol is called “Dettol” in the UK, “Sagrotan” in Germany. This was the second milestone and even more effective than the sulfur.

Milestone 2 — Lysol Complete Clean: Better than the Sulfur

Natural Predators for Bird Mites (Enviro)I found a company in Holland selling a natural predator for bird mites. The predator is called Hypoaspis Aculeifer. I purchased six cartridges of nesting material and mites at different developmental stages. I put those in my car, which was mite-free after about 6 weeks.

Itraconazole Antifungal (Internal)Mites seem to thrive happily on fungus and bacteria. I purchased 100mg capsules of Itraconazole (an antifungal) and took one cap in the morning and one cap at night for 2 months. Even after only a week, I noticed a tremendous difference. I may add that I had a little skin fungus at the time of infestation that probably attracted the mites in the first place. I never transmitted the mites to any of my relatives, friends or colleagues. I think pre-existing conditions, like chronic infections, could be why the mites usually torment only one person in a family.

Doxycycline Antibiotics (Internal) – To fight the bacteria in my body, I switched from the antifungal to an antibiotic, Doxycycline 100mg and took one cap in the morning and one cap at night for one month. For the last five weeks, I have taken a reduced (maintenance) dosage of one capsule a day.

Vicks VapoRub (Skin etc)I use Vicks Vapo Rub around hairline, nostrils, and on mouth, ears, eyebrows, and privates.

Tick Repellent (Skin) Ticks and mites are both acarids, so using tick repellent helped me.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaner (Enviro)

Sealable Plastic Bags, Biggest Available (Laundry)Store clothing until washing

Valerian Root (Internal)sleep aid

Finally, I eliminated sugar, coffee, alcohol, and dairy products from my diet.

Where I Am Today (March 2012)

After a constant war of 2 ½ years I can proudly state that I am 99% better today. I sleep peacefully, can focus on my job, and enjoy leisure time again. I am still facing occasional bites, but they are more like mild pinpricks now. I kept all my belongings and nothing feels infested any longer. I still keep up with my cleaning and washing rituals and keep taking the medication. I will do so until the very last mite has died.

[Name Withheld]

Followup April 2013

I am cured of bird mites. I got well on antifungals and abx (see details above). For cleaning and washing i used Lysol Complet Clean.
Windex, Clorox, and rubbing alcohol 70% also works.

 

 

 

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