Chigger Bites in a Young Boy

September 14, 2005
F. Hall Reynolds II, MD

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William F. Keenan, MD

This young boy complained of itchy lesions after he spent a day in a semiwooded area. The lesions appear urticarial, but note that the pattern of eruption is over areas of constrictive clothing: the arm of a shirt and the belt.

This young boy complained of itchy lesions after he spent a day in a semiwooded area. The lesions appear urticarial, but note that the pattern of eruption is over areas of constrictive clothing: the arm of a shirt and the belt. This pattern is typical of chigger bites. An oral antihistamine relieves the itching; topical application of crotamiton further eases the pruritus and kills any remaining chiggers.