|Written by rxman|
Mites are very tiny members of the arachnid family.¬† Most are generally harmless to humans, but some do bite.¬† Typically bites occur¬†in heavily wooded and overgrown areas.¬† Many times due to the size of the mites, people do not realize they have¬†been bitten until¬†later.¬† Bite areas can get itchy, red, and¬†swollen.
1.¬† Once you suspect a mite bite, wash the area with soap and water.¬† This will remove any irritating materials from the surface of the skin.
2.¬† Apply an ice pack to the affected area.¬† This will reduce pain and inflammation.¬† Apply for no more than 20 minutes at a time.¬†¬†Extended use beyond 20 minutes at a time can cause more harm than good, even frostbite.
3.¬† Avoid itching the area.¬† In children who can't help themselves, try trimming their nails to reduce their ability to scratch.¬† Scratching the area can lead to open wounds and infection.
4.¬† You can use local numbing agents¬†that contain benzocaine, lidocaine, or pramoxine¬†for a maximum of 7 days to help relieve itching and pain.
5.¬† Applying hydro-cortisone will also help with irritation and itching.¬† Calamine lotion can help soothe the area as well.
6.¬† For itching that is not relieved by topical treatments, try an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine).¬† Antihistamines, especially Benadryl, can cause drowsiness, so be careful.
7.¬† If the area doesn't start to get better after a few days or if there are any signs of infection,¬†go see a doctor.¬†
Use bug sprays with DEET when in overgrown areas. Wear gloves when handling brush. Wear clothes that cover the arms and legs completely when in the woods.