Trombidiosis

Last Updated: 2020-11-19

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Trombidiosis, hay scabies, harvest scabies, autumn bite, autumn scabies, Giesinger bite, Sendlinger bite.

Skin infection caused by autumn mites, especially Neotrombicula autumnalis.

Primarily rodents (e.g. mice) act as a reservoir. At warm temperatures, the larvae can suck in contact with human skin. In the course of time they fall off again. In the course of time, a stabbing reaction is observed.

A few hours after exposure, erythematous wheals and maculae are visible, which in the course of 1-2 days develop into pruriginous, erythematous papules or seropapules with subtle hemorrhaging.

  • Medical history: Walking outdoors in autumn?
  • Clinical picture
  • Repellents
  • Control of primary hosts (mice)

Spontaneous healing after about 2 weeks.

Topical therapy

  • Lotio zinci mollis in Unguentum leniens (mixing ratio) 1:2
  • Polidocanol (5%) in cold cream several times a day
  • Urea Lotion with 2% Menthol (sic!) ad libitum several times daily . Caution cooling strength!
  • Mometason cream, solution, ointment
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