Acarodermatitis is inflammation or eruption of the skin
produced in response to a mite. A mite is a type of
small insect that does not have a backbone/spine, but
has an external skeleton, a body divided into segments,
and jointed attachments to the body. Mites are usually
found in humid and warm places, including beds and
pillows, which is where they can bite humans.
Since they are so small, people do not see them in the bed and can inhale them while
sleeping. Breathing in mites can lead to hypersensitive allergic reactions, including on
the skin.

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To avoid developing reactions to mites, the key is to avoid being exposed to them. This
means regularly washing bedding material with hot water.Treatment of allergic reactions
such as acarodermatitis often involves using antihistamines.Histamine is a natural
substance in the body that is released during allergic reactions and leads to many
allergic symptoms. Substances that block the effects of histamine are known as
antihistamines and can be taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin.

Acarodermatitis comes from the Greek word “akari” meaning “mite,” the Greek word
“derma” meaning “skin,” and the Greek word “itis” meaning “inflammation.” Put the words
together and you get “mite skin inflammation.”

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