What to Use for Chigger Bites
Chiggers are the larvae of mites belonging to the family of Trombiculidae. Larvae of scrub mites or harvest mites commonly cause chigger bites. Chiggers do not suck blood like mosquitoes, but they inject digestive enzymes to feed on the skin. This results in raised bumps and itching of the skin
Chiggers are microscopic and red in color. They are present in areas where plants, weeds are present, in warm and moist atmosphere. They are not comfortable in dry and hot climate conditions. A chigger initially injects the digestive enzymes, which dissolves the skin. It now feeds on the liquefied tissue after which it drops off from the host to convert into the nymph stage
How Long do Chigger bites Last?
Chigger bite may take 10 days or more to heal. However, the symptoms of chigger bites such as itching and swelling can be minimized by washing the area and using over-the-counter creams.
What to Use for Chigger Bites?
Here are the following treatments you can use for chigger bites:
- Take a warm, soapy bath and scrub the area thoroughly
- Apply a thick coat of little nail polish to the affected area
- Use anti-itch creams which contain hydrocortisone or calamine on the affected area to relieve the symptoms
- Vaseline, petroleum jelly may help to relieve the symptoms
- If you have allergies, you can take antihistamines such as Benadryl
- Baths with baking soda or Epsom salts may relieve the symptoms
The best remedy for chigger bites is to wash the area with soap in warm water. Wear long, tight clothing, and long-boots to protect the exposed areas from chigger bites. Using insect repellants, DEET, powdered sulfur can destroy the chiggers and protect you from chigger bites.