Harvest mite; Red mite
The objective of treatment is to relieve the itching. Antihistamines and corticosteroid creams or lotions may be helpful.
This condition heals itself without treatment.
Secondary infection may follow intense scratching as a complication.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if the rash itches very badly, or if symptoms get worse or do not improve with treatment.
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Schlossberg D. Arthropods and leeches. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 380.
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