Fleas, Mites, and Chiggers
What are the symptoms of a flea, mite, or chigger bite?The following are the most common symptoms of a flea, mite, or chigger bite. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- small, raised skin lesions
- pain or itching
- dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
- allergic-type reactions in hypersensitive children with swelling or blistering
Treatment for bites caused by fleas, mites and chiggers:Specific treatment for these insect bites will be determined by your child's physician. Some general guidelines for treatment may include the following:
- Clean the area well with soap and water.
- Use an antihistamine, if needed, for itching.
- Give your child acetaminophen, if needed, for discomfort.
When should I call my child's physician?Call your child's physician if your child has:
- persistent pain or itching.
- signs of infection at the site such as increased redness, warmth, swelling, or drainage.
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