I've heard that there are microscopic bugs that live in your body hair. Is this true?
Microscopic Demodex mites are tiny bugs that live on our skin and hair and feed off oil and skin cells. They are relatively harmless, although the thought of sharing your body with millions of tiny mites can make some people anxious. These microscopic bugs (also called Demodex folliculorum) are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
There are other different kinds of bugs which can be found on the skin. Most of them are due to an infestation and are not there all the time. These can cause itching and irritation, where they are feeding off the skin. Examples of such bugs are head lice, public lice and scabies, all of which can be treated.
If you have any symptoms and are worried that you might be at risk of infestation it is advisable to get checked out by your local doctor (GP). You could also speak to an advisor at NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 about any health concerns you have.