Fleas, mites, and chiggers often bite humans, but are not poisonous. It is sometimes difficult to assess which type of insect caused the bite, or if the rash is caused by poison ivy or other skin conditions.
The following are the most common symptoms of a flea, mite, or chigger bite. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of a flea, mite, or chigger bite may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult a physician for the correct diagnosis.
The specific treatment for these insect bites will be determined by a physician. Some general guidelines for treatment may include the following:
Consult a physician or medical expert if the child experiences any of the following:
Call 911 or the local emergency medical service (EMS) if the child has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as:
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Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin caused by bacteria. The lesions are often grouped together, have a red base, and are open but close over to form a honey-colored crust.
Ticks are small insects that live in grass, bushes, wooded areas, and seashores. They attach their bodies onto a human or animal host and prefer hairy areas such as the scalp, behind the ear, in the armpit and groin, and also between fingers and toes.
A laceration is tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury.
Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a life-threatening skin disorder characterized by blistering and peeling of the skin.