How to recognise chigger bites

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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.

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.

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