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Fleas, Mites and Chiggers in Children

Key Points About Flea, Mite or Chigger Bites in Children

  • Fleas, mites and chiggers are bugs that are so small you often need a microscope to see them.
  • These bugs aren’t dangerous. But their bites cause an almost overpowering urge to scratch your skin.
  • Symptoms may include small, raised skin bumps and pain or itching. There may also be swelling or blistering.
  • Call 911 if you have signs of a severe allergic reaction. These include trouble breathing, tightness in the chest or throat, or feeling faint or dizzy.
  • Treatment may include cleaning the area with soap and water, using antihistamines to stop the itching, and applying a cool compress or ice pack.
Children's Team

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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.