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what distinguishes chigger bites from mosquito bites?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Chigger vs Mosquito: Chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. **the itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs.You may only have 1 mosquito bite or bites can be sporadically located.

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My baby got a mosquito bite, and now it looks infected; what should I do?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Call your doctor: A mosquito bite (or any skin lesion) that appears infected needs to be examined. If your doctor agrees it is infected, they will prescribe the appropriate treatment.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

When chiggers bite your skin do they stay in your skin?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Until first scratch: The missouri dept. Of conservation says chiggers are baby mites that can only bite through areas of thinner, tender skin (so chiggers like women & children). Chiggers bite to inject saliva to dissolve flesh and eat it up. They do not suck blood nor burrow into the skin. Once scratched, the chigger falls off easily, but the site swells, and itches a lot. A scrubby, soapy bath washes away chiggers.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What color are chiggers? Will I be able to tell them apart from lice and ticks?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Chiggers tiny tiny: The missouri dept. Of conservation says chiggers are baby mites that can only bite through areas of thinner, tender skin (so chiggers like women & children). Chiggers are less than 1/150th of an inch, which is almost invisible. Lice and ticks are bigger. Chiggers are born red, so several of them together might look like a tiny red dot. They are yellowish after feeding. Chiggers don't suck blood.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can a chigger bite affect the whole body?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Many bites: Chiggers usually jump onto a person from the grass and travel from the clothes onto exposed body parts. Their bites cause extreme itching due to chemicals released into the skin. You can get many bites covering the entire body if you're unlucky to walk into a cluster or nest of them. They can also be complicated by secondary bacterial infections which can spread systemically if not treated.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long do mosquito bites itch for?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Days: Usually last for a few days, rarely over week.

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