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Chiggers (Definition)

'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


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Shaving with chigger bites, is this okay?

Shaving with chigger bites, is this okay?

If you are not: Shaving the tops off blisters - ok. Otherwise, don't recommend breaking open a blister due to increased risk of infection. Read more

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What can I do about a chigger bite?

What can I do about a chigger bite?

Get them off fast!: Get chiggers off your skin asap by rubbing w a cloth or showering in warm water w soap. You can apply Hydrocortisone cream or take oral antihistamines for itching. There are products you can buy specifically to treat chiggers. Chigger bites usually resolve in 1 to 2 weeks w/o treatment. Get medical eval for infection. Read more

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What are the signs of a chigger bite?

What are the signs of a chigger bite?

Chigger bite: 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 knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Read more

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How can you reduse swelling of chigger?

How can you reduse swelling of chigger?

Nasty ole Chiggers!: Get chiggers off your skin asap by rubbing w a cloth or showering in warm water w soap. You can apply Hydrocortisone cream or take oral antihistamines for itching. There are products you can buy specifically to treat chiggers. Chigger bites usually resolve in 1 to 2 weeks w/o treatment. Get medical eval for infection. Read more

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Can a chigger bite affect the whole body?

Many bites: Chiggers usually jump onto a person from the grass and travel from the clothes onto exposed body parts. Their bites cause extreme itching due to chemicals released into the skin. You can get many bites covering the entire body if you're unlucky to walk into a cluster or nest of them. They can also be complicated by secondary bacterial infections which can spread systemically if not treated. Read more

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Young child with chiggers. What can I do?

Young child with chiggers. What can I do?

Treating chiggers: Chiggers are nasty little bugs that emerge in the spring & love to to bore into the skin surface along beltlines. I've had some success using topocal oily preparations, wd40 works for me, applied directly to the bite site. It releaves some of the itching quickly. I've had some mos report using baby oil the same way. A cold compress over any itching site decreases that sensation almost immediately. Read more

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How does one treat chigger bites on infants?

How does one treat chigger bites on infants?

See below: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream can ease the itch and Hydrocortisone 1% cream may reduce the inflammation. But depending on the infants age will determine specifically how I would treat. Read more

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Help with a chigger bite that has been there?

Help with a chigger bite that has been there?

Chigger bites: Chigger bites usually heal on their own within one to two weeks. In the meantime, control itching with an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, such as Hydrocortisone cream. Consult your doctor if your skin appears infected or if the bites seem to be spreading to other parts of your body. Read more

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How long does itching from chigger bites last?

Chiggers: Varies but they can last for quite some time and leave scarring. Best to try topical and oral anti-itch therapies. Read more

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What is the difference between chiggers & ticks?

What is the difference between chiggers & ticks?

Mite vs. Arachnid: Ticks are arachnids (in the same class as spiders and scorpions) and small but visible to the naked eye. Chiggers are mites and too small to be seen. Tick bites usually occur with one tick while chiggers occur in bunches. Ticks spread dangerous diseases such as lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever. Chigger bites are very itchy and annoying but don't spread dangerous illnesses. Read more

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How long does a chigger bitepain amd itching last?

How long does a chigger bitepain amd itching last?

Chiggers: Chigger bites usually heal on their own within one to two weeks. In the meantime, control itching with an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, such as Hydrocortisone cream. Consult your doctor if your skin appears infected or if the bites seem to be spreading to other parts of your body. Read more

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When chiggers bite your skin do they stay in your skin?

When chiggers bite your skin do they stay in your skin?

Until first scratch: 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 more

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Is there a good way to make the chigger bite go away sooner?

Is there a good way to make the chigger bite go away sooner?

Get Chiggers off: Your skin asap by rubbing w a cloth or showering in warm water w soap. You can apply Hydrocortisone cream or take oral antihistamines for itching. There are products you can buy specifically to treat chiggers. Chigger bites usually resolve in 1 to 2 weeks w/o treatment. Get medical eval for infection. Read more

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Why do mosquitoes and chiggers bite certain people but not others?

Why do mosquitoes and chiggers bite certain people but not others?

Skin smell & CO2: An old outdoorsman from alaska swore by a method of eating mosquitoes and regarded that a smell came to his skin that repelled live mosquitoes. Who knows? Read more

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How long can chigger (or other beach insect) bites take to manifest?

How long can chigger (or other beach insect) bites take to manifest?

Specific for chigger: Some people may begin to feel itching within a few hours of the chigger larvae's attachment. Read more

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Is it better to through out an expensive watch band or wash it when chiggers have attached to the fabric (have about 20 bite marks)?

Treat the band: There are many ways to treat the band with petsicides (not the watch mechanism-just the band) that will erradicate and kill chiggers. Simply microwaving the watch band for a few minutes (again-not the watch mechanism) will kill all living chiggers as well. Good luck. Read more

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Will chiggers be seen?

Not after bite: The bug will not remain on the skin, but rather its evidence will be a very itchy small firm red bump where you were bitten. Read more

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How can you get chiggers?

How can you get chiggers?

Chiggers: Chiggers live in areas with brush, long grass or weeds ; are usually out in the afternoon. Chigger larvae attach to skin that is tender, inject enzymatic saliva that dissolves the skin and then drink it. The larvae are. Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more