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Symptoms begin after the chigger has started to inject enzymes into the host skin. The actual bite itself is not noticeable.
The involved area may be raised or red in color, sometimes resembling a blister or pimple. Itching is the main symptom, and itching usually is most intense 1-2 days after the initial bite. The itching can last for several days, and it can take up to 2 weeks for the areas to return to normal appearance.
Any condition characterized by intense itching can lead to scratching. In turn, scratching can lead to disruption of the skin, with the potential for secondary bacterial infections of the skin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
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