By Gary M. White, MD

bites on the skin from bird mites Multiple itchy bites present for 4 days on the lower left abdomen of a woman.

The bite of bird mites can cause itchy red bumps, commonly in the axilla and groin.


One patient of mine experienced the acute onset of fifty to seventy 3-4 mm juicy red papules distributed symmetrically in the axilla and inner thighs. A bird's nest had been discovered in the eves the day before. A 1 mm black insect was brought in. Biopsy confirmed bites. Removing the nest, vacuuming the house, and a prednisone taper solved the problem.


Remove any old nests or dead birds. Topical, and in severe cases oral, steroids are in order.

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Multiple itchy bites in the axilla and groin of another patient.

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A close up of grouped bites on the flank.
bites on the skin from bird mites


Indian J Dermatol 2015;60:312-3


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