Avian mite dermatitis

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2000 Mar;25(2):129-31. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2230.2000.00594.x.


Avian mite infestation is a rare cause of pruritic dermatoses in humans. The mites spend the majority of their life cycle on the avian host but may be transmitted to man as a result of direct contact and also through airborne spread. We describe a case of infestation with the Northern Fowl Mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) from an abandoned birds nest in the roof of a patients home. This caused a pruritic erythematous papular eruption on exposed sites that settled with topical steroids. We discuss the diagnosis and range of clinical manifestations produced by avian mites.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Birds / parasitology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mite Infestations / complications
  • Mite Infestations / diagnosis*
  • Mite Infestations / transmission
  • Pruritus / parasitology*