Chiggers

Chiggers At A Glance

  • Chiggers are the larval (juvenile) form of a type of mite (Trombiculidae).
  • Chiggers do not burrow into and remain inside the skin, contrary to popular belief.
  • Chiggers inject digestive enzymes into the skin and feed upon the decomposed tissue.
  • Pronounced itching is the main symptom of chigger bites.
  • Bites may appear as blisters or as flat or raised red areas.
  • Treatment involves supportive measures to control itching.

Reviewed on 6/18/2014