Chigger bites, or not?

User - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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For the last three summers my daughter has gotten sores on her head. Just 2 to 3, but they refuse to go away. The dr gave me some antibiotic cream to put on them, which at least keeps them from getting infected like the first summer. Every summer, after months of the same sore refusing to heal, it has taken oral antibiotics, sometimes more than one round, to get them to go away. The dr says they are chigger bites, and they do appear about the time the rest of us get bit by chiggers, but no one else I know has ever been bitten on the head. Has anyone else had the same thing happen? I'm a little skeptical of his explanation.

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User - posted on 07/21/2009

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I took her to the dermatologist, but I don't really have any answers. He said it is unlikely that it was chiggers, but at this point, he can't really tell what caused the sores. He asked me what they begin as, but by the time I've seen them they've always been bloody sores. She picks at them and scratches them, and he said some people even do that in their sleep, so that adds to the healing time. He said it wasn't infectious, so antibiotics shouldn't help, though in the past they have. He gave me some ointment which is supposed to promote the growth of new skin, and I bought a satin night cap for her to wear at night. Hopefully the sores will finally heal.

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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I went ahead and made an appt with a dermatologist. Not one person has said they have ever been bitten on the head by a chigger. It makes everything else the dr said suspect.

Aimee - posted on 07/15/2009

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Given the rest of your families tendency toward allergies, I think I would also recommend a specialist visit- either an allergist or a dermatologist. It could be that they are an allergic reaction to something that appears in her environment only in the summer that is causing a localized allergic reaction.

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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Yeah, something about this doesn't sound right, although it is odd that it only happens in the summer. If antibiotics help it seems like there must be an infectious part to it. If your regular doctor doesn't have any other great ideas this summer, I think it's perfectly reasonable to ask if you can be referred to a dermatologist.

Tonya - posted on 07/15/2009

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I would be skeptical also. Ive never heard of that before. It may help to take her to a skin doctor. Not that her doctor isnt right he may be but ive never heard of that. Hope your able to kind out whats going on. keep searching and dont be afraid to ask to be refered to a specialist

Kelly - posted on 07/15/2009

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I also have never heard of chigger bites on the head, and usually with chiggers there's more than two or three, at least in our experience. And it shouldn't take that much treatment to go away. I think I'd go to a dermatologist. Not to scare you, but my nephew was told by a barber that if he let the dermatitis on his head go untreated, it could eventually result in baldspots. That may be nothing like what your daughter has, but with a little girl, I sure wouldn't want to risk it! Good luck.

Angie` - posted on 07/15/2009

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I've never seen chigger bites on the head. And, I've never heard of them taking antibiotics to heal. We usually just use alcohol and chiggerex cream.

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