Mite infestations

Damon McClain, Ali N. Dana, Gary Goldenberg

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Mite infestations are important in dermatology because these may cause dermatologic diseases that range from papulosquamous eruptions to urticarial lesions to bullous eruptions and may spread infectious diseases. These clinical manifestations are important to recognize because mite-associated diseases may have systemic complications and may be confused with other dermatologic conditions. In treating mite infestations, oral antibiotics may be necessary. Prevention of infestation may be accomplished by pre-treating clothing with permethrin, using insect repellent N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide on clothing and skin, and treating animals infected with mites. This article will review etiology, clinical manifestation, and treatment of mite infestations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-346
Number of pages20
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • DEET
  • Infestation
  • Mite
  • Permethrin
  • Treatment
  • Typhus


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