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Chiggers are tiny mites that live in areas with grass or brush.
Chiggers, also known as red bugs or harvest mites, usually cannot be seen
without a magnifying glass.
Chiggers attach to skin pores and feed on skin cells for a few
days, most often in the warm creases of the body. In the United States chiggers
do not cause any diseases. But some types of chiggers in Asia and the
Pacific carry a disease called scrub typhus.
Chigger bites can result in:
Home treatment can help relieve itching. The mites will fall off
the body within a few days.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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