Demodicosis in humans as a current problem in dermatology and ophthalmology
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Keywords

Demodex
demodicosis
rosacea
ectoparasite
blepharitis Demodex
nużyca
demodekoza
pasożyt
zapalenie powiek

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Królik S, Muth A, Polańska A, Żaba R, Adamski Z, Jenerowicz D. Demodicosis in humans as a current problem in dermatology and ophthalmology. JoFA [Internet]. 2020Dec.31 [cited 2021Oct.28];3(2):108-21. Available from: http://jofa.ump.edu.pl/index.php/jofa/article/view/36

Abstract

Introduction. Human Demodex mites (Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis) are ectoparasites living inside the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. In most people, their presence is of no consequence. However, several conditions or various external factors might contribute to pathological Demodex infestation resulting in demodicosis. Many different cutaneous diseases can resemble demodicosis leading to misdiagnosis.
Aim. This paper aims to present information about demodicosis and provides a clear clinical portrait of demodicosis in order to distinguish it from other mimicking inflammatory dermatoses.
Material and Methods. The literature search was conducted in the English and Polish language via the PubMed database and Main Medical Library. The articles regarding Demodex infestation were selected.
Results. There is some evidence about the role of Demodex in the development of rosacea, blepharitis and clinical correlation between them.
Conclusions. More attention should be drawn to Demodex as it plays a significant role in the development of various clinical entities in both dermatology and ophthalmology.

https://doi.org/10.20883/jofa.36
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