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:
The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
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Children’s National Health System recently named Scott A. Norton, MD, MPH, MSc, as the Chief of Dermatology within the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community and Pediatric Health. Dr. Norton had served as interim chief, and now assumes his role as Division Chief.
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Scott A. Norton, MD, MPH, MSc, is the Chief of Dermatology at Children’s National Health System and is on the faculty at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.