Chiggers are the larvae of the harvest mite and if you get bitten by one you'll start to suffer from intense itching within a few hours, often around your torso. A quick examination will reveal weeping red welts characteristic of chigger bites.
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Things you need
- Hydrocortisone Creams
- Clear Nail Polishes
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Antibacterial Ointments
- Anti-lice Shampoos For Normal Hair
Check the site of the itching. If chiggers have bitten, you will see red welts beginning to form.
Clean the site carefully and apply a hydrocortisone cream to treat the itching. Calamine lotion may also work.
Use a commercial product such as Chigarid or Chigg-away to treat the bites.
Keep the site clean and dry, and watch it carefully for signs of secondary infection.
Tips and warnings
- The discomfort from chigger bites can last up to two weeks, even though the chiggers may have dropped off or been removed.
- Chiggers are not known to spread any diseases.
- Other common ways of treating chigger bites include applying anti-lice shampoo to the affected area and leaving it on overnight; brushing clear nail polish over the bites; or smearing petroleum jelly over the bites. These have been used with varying degrees of success, but you should contact your health care professional before proceeding.
- If you scratch your chigger bites and don't keep the site clean and dry, you may develop a secondary bacterial infection. If this occurs, apply an antibacterial ointment. See your doctor if the infection does not improve.