Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More Info Than You Really Need To Know...!

You probably could have gone all day and not have missed getting this information. In fact, you might feel that you would have been better off never finding out about this.

However, in keeping with my effort to find all the strange and better-off-not-knowing information out there, I figured I'd share this one with you. I'm just that kind of guy!

The Mites That Get Busy On Your Face All Night Long
By Heather Ramsey on Monday, June 8, 2015


We’re told to avoid or remove ticks that embed themselves into our skin and cause all kinds of diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But almost every adult human has microscopic mites living in our hair follicles, feeding on the oils our bodies produce. As far as we know, we can’t do anything about them. By one estimate, the average adult harbors between 1.5 to 2.5 million of these creatures on his or her body, with most on the face. The largest concentrations are around our eyebrows, eyelashes, hairline, and nose. But the location varies by person.

Out of over 48,000 mite species, only two live on our faces: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. At least, that’s what we believe today. Even though we discovered these mites in 1842, we still don’t know much about them. “These are things that live on us—they’re intimately associated with us—but they’ve not really been studied,” says mite researcher Holly Menninger. “It’s kind of crazy.”

In fact, they’ve lived on us for so long that our immune system generally doesn’t react to them. There is one possible exception, though, that has to do with the lack of anuses on these creatures. Rather than defecate, these mites accumulate their feces within their bodies until they die. As they decompose, their feces are expelled from their bodies all at once, which may cause rosacea to flare up in people with sensitive immune systems.

Every ethnic group that’s been studied has hair follicle mites, from Australian aborigines to white Europeans. However, they’re rarely found on babies. By age 18, about 70 percent of people sampled had them. By adulthood, 99.9 percent of us have mites. We’re not sure how we get them. Two theories are through breastfeeding and sexual activity.

These mites are a lot like ticks and spiders. Using their eight stubby legs to climb out of our hair follicles, the mites crawl around at night and have sex on our faces. Then the females go back into our follicles to lay eggs during the day. Each mite has a palpus on each side of its mouth that claws into our follicle cells. If you want to see the mites for yourself, you have to open your pores during the day. Scientists suggest placing mineral oil on the pores around your nose, then scraping away some of the oil with a small spatula. You may be able to see the mites’ wormy bodies under a microscope, unless your mite population lives elsewhere on your face.

However, we’re not the only animals that have creepy microscopic critters living on us. Legless symbions attach themselves to the mouths of Norway lobsters. Only half a millimeter long, a symbion looks like bloated tube with a hairy ring on one end. The hairs on the symbion push leftovers from the lobster’s food into this tiny creature’s digestive tract. Whatever it can’t digest is expelled through its anus. Up to hundreds of symbions can live on one lobster’s mouth.

Freshwater fish have it even worse. In their larval stage, flukes, which are parasitic flatworms, infect the eyes of these fish. “The lens seems to be the host’s Achilles’ heel,” says scientist Sean Locke. “An immune response there would blind the fish, so it appears evolution has favored immunological restraint. The parasites there haven’t needed to specialize in dealing with any one host’s immune response and hence the same parasite species appear in all sorts of different fish.” The ability to identify these parasites may provide biologists with an initial step to eventually controlling them.

Now that I've completely grossed out your morning, all I can say is to blame it on Listverse, OK? They are the ones that posted this nedd to know information!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. The flies are pretty bad, so I have to warn ya!


linda m said...

Even though I have heard about these "critters" it still is gross. UGHHHH!!!! Think I would rather not have known. Just thinking about some creature crawling all over me when I'm sleeping gives me the creeps. Maybe my "critters" will repel the flies on your patio this morning. Save my spot on the swing.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Bubba -
Somehow my Cheerios just don't seem too appealing anymore ...
Reminds me of a tv show I saw the other night about strange creatures. There's a bug that attaches itself to fishes' tongues, and look like a big grubworm. Sometimes it eats the whole tongue - yuk-o.
On happier thoughts - the sun is shining, so I'll grab my cup and join you and Linda for a swing. Even the flies will be better conversation that any of the above ~ Big hugs,
Baby Sis

Chickenmom said...

Oh, great - we get pooped on at night! Never knew about the litter critters, Mr. Hermit.
I'll bring some tubes of fly paper for 'ya.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Sometimes we are better off not knowing, especially when we can't do anything about it. Terrible, isn't it?

Thanks for coming by thos morning!

Hey Sis...
Way too many strange critters out there, including the human ones!

Thanks for dropping in today, Sis!

Really didn't need to know that, right? No place safe any more.

Thanks for the visit this morning!

JO said...

Your right I didn't need to learn this lesson good grief disgusting. But understand why I had to wash my eye lids twice a day with nomore tears before cataract surgery.

We can hang plastic bags filled with water around the patio to keep the flies away. don't know why it works but it does. Learned that when a neighbor kept his horses on property I used to own.

deborah harvey said...

jo, are the plastic bags transparent or are they grocery bags? are they left open or closed?

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Scary thought to know about the little critters crawling all over our face, ain't it?

Thanks, sweetie, for stopping by today!

Hey Deborah...
Sounds like something we do need to know, right?

Thanks fore the visit this morning!

Mamahen said...

Well nust got home from my 8:30 a.m. Dr appointment so nust read fhis...yuck is all I can say :))