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How can you get rid of chiggers?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. William Harris
I'm no expert, but chiggers can itch to high-heaven. In Texas, we call them Red-Bugs, because when they burrow, they look like tiny red dots. Great-grandma says that the only way to get rid of them is to put a cup of Baking Powder in the tub and soak. That will make the burrowed mites leave your skin. That, in addition to topical steroids/benedryl, plus oral Zyrtec helps. Good luck, ya'll!
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology

In brief: Please see

Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.
Many diseases can look like chiggers.

In brief: Please see

Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.
Many diseases can look like chiggers.
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