Last Updated: 2023-07-07

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: NE61

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

Skin infection caused by autumn mites, especially Neotrombicula autumnalis

Primarily, rodents (e.g. mice) act as reservoirs. In warm temperatures, the larvae can suckle on contact with human skin. In the course, they fall off again. In the course, a stinging reaction shows up.

Fewer hours after exposure, erythematous wheals and macules are visible, which develop into pruritic, erythematous papules or seropapules with discreet haemorrhage over 1-2 days

  • Anamnesis: outdoor walk in autumn?
  • Clinical picture

  • Repellents
  • Control of primary hosts (mice)

Spontaneous healing after approx. 2 weeks.

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