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How do you get rid of a mite infestation on human skin?

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Get rid of a mite infestation on human skin by applying topical corticosteroids or oral antihistamines to the affected area of the skin, according to Merck Manuals. Mites that have burrowed into the skin require treatment with antimicrobial therapy.

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People with a mite infestation that a doctor deems as scabies often receive treatment with 5 percent permethrin cream that is applied to the skin, explains the American Academy of Dermatology. Additional ointments and creams to rid the skin of mite bites and scabies include 25 percent benzyl benzoate, 10 percent sulfur ointment, 10 percent crotamiton cream and 1 percent lindane lotion. Dermatologists may also prescribe antibiotics to eliminate infections that have developed in the body; steroid cream to reduce itching, swelling and redness; or Pramoxine lotion to control itching.

A mite infestation on the human skin is often difficult to diagnose because the mites fall off after burrowing or biting the skin, according to Merck Manuals. Physicians perform a clinical evaluation and observe the reactions present on the skin, which are often delayed. Physicians also examine the skin's appearance and lesions to determine the type of mite that has burrowed into the skin or caused an infection on the skin.

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