Mites are tiny, but you can usually detect them with the naked eye. They may look like insects, but in reality they belong to the same family as ticks and spiders. There are many species, several of which usually affect humans. Different types like certain types of environments. The best way to identify them is to try to check for bites and rashes in specific areas of your body. Keep in mind that mites can be difficult to identify, so you may have to go to a doctor for a specific diagnosis.
Check for an itchy, reddening rash on the folds of skin, between the fingers, around the genitals, on the sides of the feet, and on the inside areas of the elbows and knees. If you find any, the problem may be scabies mites (also known as scabies and mites), according to the North Carolina State University.
Examine the areas where the clothing is tight, especially at the ankles and waist, where the elastics are narrower. Look for red, itchy and dermatitis areas, which is a rash caused by an allergic reaction. If you find any, the problem may be chiggers (also known as red mites). The North Carolina State University notes that some people can develop blister-like lesions if they are allergic to chiggers.
Take off your shirt and look at the trunk of the body and arms. If you see bite marks, then the problem may be straw mites, according to the North Carolina State University. People who work in gardening or around large amounts of straw or grain are more likely to find these mites.
Go to a doctor if you have any questions about what type of mite bites you have. Tell him about all the animals you have recently found. Some types of mites, such as the tropical rat and chicken mite, usually attack animals, but occasionally bite humans too, according to the Department of Health.
Do not try to exterminate the mites in your house before obtaining a positive identification of the problem by an expert. If you do not know exactly what type of mite you are dealing with, it is likely that your attempt to eradicate them will fail, according to the North Carolina State University.
Do not scratch the area of the eruption. You can make the symptoms worse and make it harder for a doctor to diagnose the type of mite you have.