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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Prevention: The best treatment is prevention. Avoid the area where the chiggers or fleas are. teat animals with fleas. Use netting if need be to avoid insect b ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Signs of infection : Can include redness, warmth, tenderness, swelling, pus, or red streaks. If you have these - please seek medical care.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Chigger vs Mosquito: Chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of kn ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Turner
19 years experience in Dermatology
Duration.: Typidally chigger bites last a lot longer than mosquito bites (usually 2-4 weeks). They are very red (not pink) and tend to occur in areas where skin ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Small Red Bumps: Without seeing your "bumps" it is difficult to make a diagnosis. However during this time of year folliculitis is very common. Folliculitis is an infl ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Use regular soap: Anti-bacterial soaps are no better than regular soaps. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk pro ... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Some thoughts...: For bites, some people take over-the-counter Claritin, Zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine which causes itching. Putting hydrocor ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience in Dermatology
Hmm...: If the bites are inflamed then you possibly could use some cover-up makeup to make them less noticeable. Treating them topically with a steroid can al ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Not possible: Although topical cortisone may work but would not work overnight. Injecting the area with kenalog (triamcinolone) may, but it would be like swatting ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
31 years experience in Neurosurgery
Histamine: Histamine release is part of an inflammatory response. This can cause itching.

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