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How long does itching from chigger bites last?

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

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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Can you take anything with diphenhydramine in it to get rid of chiggers or do you prefer Benadryl to take? This itching is driving me crazy.

Can you take anything with diphenhydramine in it to get rid of chiggers or do you prefer Benadryl to take? This itching is driving me crazy.

Same drug: Try taking up to 4 doses per day. If still having problem, check with your doctor who may put you on a short course of cortisone. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) help with chiggers bites itch?

Does Claritin (loratadine) help with chiggers bites itch?

Claritin (loratadine) for chigger: It probably will not help much. Consider topical treatments. ...Read more

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I have small reddish bumps all over my body that look exactly like mosquito bites, but they do not itch. I am wondering if they are chiggers?!

I have small reddish bumps all over my body that look exactly like mosquito bites, but they do not itch. I am wondering if they are chiggers?!

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 inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of red surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide are often used to treat folliculitis. ...Read more

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Can I take a bath with clorox to relieve the itch due to chiggers?

Can I take a bath with clorox to relieve the itch due to chiggers?

I wouldn't-toxic: Years ago a faculty member recomended I try wd40 (a thin petrolium product) for my hunting related bites. It worked so well I have been using it in my practice for decades. It seems to sufficate the buggers but it also has an anti-itch effect. ...Read more

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I have bumps that itch. How do I determine if I have chiggers or scabies?

I have bumps that itch. How do I determine if I have chiggers or scabies?

Doctor needs to look: You haven't told us the location, duration, size of these bumps, circumstances of their presentation, exposure risks, or if accompanying redness, tenderness, swelling. TIme to have your doctor take a look please. ...Read more

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Chigger bite marks on someone's skin. Is there a precription available to decrease swelling and itching vs. Otc?

Chiggers: The original triple-action formula(stingease) offers quick relief from a variety of insect bites and stings.
Provides instant relief from bites and stings associated with common insects, such as bees, ticks, mosquitoes, fire ants and chiggers.
Triple-action formula stops pain, eliminates itching and reduces swelling, cleans and disinfects the impacted area. This is otc. ...Read more

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Can dial antibacterial soap cause skin itching sometimes? I always think it speeds up healing on chigger and mosquito bites seems to work

Can dial antibacterial soap cause skin itching sometimes? I always think it speeds up healing on chigger and mosquito bites seems to work

You, can be allergic: Antibacterial soap like all soaps can elicit allergic reactions in some people. This results in rash &/or itching &/or swelling. Interestingly soaps are not required to list every single ingredient, as is the case with foods, so ingredients change periodically, and allergies can emerge. All antibiotic agents speed up healing because bacterial inhibit healing. ...Read more

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Me and my girlfriend are both getting a rash that looks like chiggers around are groin region and on her butt cheeks after sex it really itchs, ideas?

Me and my girlfriend are both getting a rash that looks like chiggers around are groin region and on her butt cheeks after sex it really itchs, ideas?

Doubt it is chiggers: Due to location. Chigger 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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Does chigger bite spread?

Chiggers: Chiggers are tiny mites that are most common in early summer. When humans and animals are exposed to chigger larvae, intense itching occurs because of the irritation produced while the larvae feeds on the skin (it actually creates a tunnel for feeding). When developed, the larvae drop off the skin to complete their life cycle. Unlike scabies, chigger mites do not move around much on their host. ...Read more

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How do I pop chigger bites?

How do I pop chigger bites?

It is best not to: Pop blisters from chiggers. Wipe them off with a cloth and warm soapy water. ...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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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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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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Is it better to throughout an expensive watch band or wash it when chiggers have attached to the fabric (have about 20 bite marks)?

Is it better to throughout 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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Itch (Definition)

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