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How Can You Get Chiggers
'chiggers' is an itchy rash casue by the bite of an immature (larval) stage of a mite. The mite secrets chemicals which trigger an intense itchy reaction from humans. The larvae do not burrow under skin but rather secret chemicals to help digest skin. The mites are found in tall grass at the edges of forests. Wear long clothing & use ...Read more
Immediate soapy bath: The missouri dept. Of conservation says chiggers are baby mites that can only bite through areas of thinner, tender skin (so chiggers like women & children). Chiggers bite to inject saliva to dissolve flesh and eat it up. They do not suck blood nor burrow into the skin. Once scratched, the chigger falls off easily, but the site swells, and itches a lot. A scrubby, soapy bath washes away chiggers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From herpes viruses: A person can get herpes from another person's fresh herpes sores. The other person may have sores on his or her genitals, lips, fingers, etc..., and transmit viruses by touching the uninfected person. Sometimes, infected persons can transmit herpes even when they don't have visible fresh herpes sores, so prevention is not always possible. Most adults have had oral herpes, as it is so common. ...Read more
It depends...: Hives can be acute, due to an allergic reaction (foods, meds, or stinging insect allergy). They can also be more chronic and due to other causes such as illness/infection, autoimmune disease, physical factors (cold, heat, pressure) or even can be idiopathic (no identifiable reason). Regardless, hives are due to histamine release and can usually be treated with antihistamines or steroids if severe. ...Read more
Direct contact: Scabies is caused by the human itch mite. The symptoms are caused when the mite burrows in to your skin. You can acquire them through direct skin - to - skin contact - or from contact with infested objects such as clothing, furniture, or towels. You can not acquire this from animals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inherited: Psoriasis is generally inherited, though there are also many sporatic cases. It is an immunological condition that causes skin to be thickened and inflamed. It is not curable. Treatment is generally to contain the disease. If localized, it is generally controlled by topical steroid and vitamin d derivative creams. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Food & wounds: Botulism is caused by a toxin made by the c. Botulinum bacteria. In adults, botulism is usually caused by eating contaminated food (improperly prepared canned or fermented foods) or when a wound gets contaminated by the bacteria. Infant botulism can happen in the first year of life--risk factors include eating honey and exposure to contaminated soil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mow lawns: Chiggers like long grassy and bushy shady areas. Mowing lawns and removing unnecessary shrubs or weeds is best way to decrease their population. Spray your skin and clothing with deet or Permethrin repellant. Avoid walking in areas likely to harbor chiggers. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, thick socks and high boots or shoes with pants tucked into the boots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sexual activity: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection passed through fluid transmission. The only way to be 100% safe is to avoid vaginal, oral and anal intercourse. Condoms are very effective in decreasing risk by blocking fluid transmission from one person to the other. You can not catch gonorrhea through casual contact. ...Read more
Natural Remedies: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator ; apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes ; has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste ; place it over the mosquito bite. Can use calamine lotion. If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bite options.: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. Consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine. ...Read more
Unprotected sex : Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection passed by transmitting body fluids from one person to another. Chlamydia can be acquired through vaginal, anal and oral sex. You can not catch chlamydia through casual contact. Avoiding intercourse is the only 100% way to protect yourself. Condoms are very effective in decreasing the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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