I think I have chigger bites, but I was wondering how can I get rid
of them. Any suggestions? I have tried clear finger nail polish, but
I scratch it off. If you have any suggestions please post them.
My grandmother's remedy was to put two capfuls of bleach into the
bathwater. It has worked very well over the years. (07/07/2005)
Your local pharmacy or Walmart should have a cream called
Chiggerrid. It works to relieve the itching or take Benadryl also to
I had tried this remedy on mosquito bites and it works very well.
Meat Tenderizer, mixed with water, to make a paste, put on your
chigger bites. Continue using it until it stops the itching. This
works on most insect bites, including wasps.
You will be amazed how the itching stops and goes away very fast.
We used a salt water bath immediately after being exposed to
chiggers. I don't know if it will work on them now, but it's
something you can keep in mind next time it happens. (07/07/2005)
If you don't want to bathe in bleach water, just dip a cotton swab
into the bleach bottle and dab it on each bite. It may sting if
you've scratched the bites a lot, but the itching will stop and the
bites will dry out. (07/07/2005)
By Cheryl from MO
You can control the itching by putting a piece of scotch tape over
the bite area. Trust me, it works. (07/07/2005)
I use the clear fingernail polish with liquid band aid on top,
because I am more likely to scratch if they just itch a tiny bit.
Renew every day. (07/12/2005)
By suzi homemaker
May daughter had very bad ones and I found on the internet that a
paste of baking soda and water would help the itching and keep them
from getting bigger. Hope this helps. (07/23/2005)
By Rose Mary B
I bought that Chiggerex the other day for mosquito bites and it was
a wasted $3.59. Next time I will read the bottle, and if it says
apply as much as you want it means it doesn't work. It didn't do
diddlysquat. And we are on a limited fixed income. Our oldtimer
friend said to mix a paste out of vinegar and baking soda to put on
the bites. Works like a charm. You have to mess with it a little bit
to get it the right consistency. And put a towel under whatever you
dobbed, it does flake off. Repeat maybe 3 or 4 times a day, or only
as necessary. (07/01/2006)
My son has chigger bites and the doctor told us to put Ambesol on
them. Yes, that's the teething stuff. It contains benzocaine which
will numb them and stop the itch. If you get a bunch of bites, she
said to take some Benadryl. Hope that helps everyone out.
The best thing I've found that works for me and the kids is stick
deodorant. This seals the pores and I think the chemicals in the
deodorant act like a pesticide because it works. It stops the itching
right away. Good luck. (07/16/2006)
People, I found the solution, I have tried everything, but couldn't
stop them. I finally used Clorox bleach spray. Spray it on, wait 3-4
minutes, wash it.
In 10 minutes no itching, healing is fast. (08/14/2007)
Try pure, clear aloe vera gel. (Not the green-colored kind marketed
for sunburns.) You can get it at natural food stores and some
specialty grocers, and it feels even better if you chill it in the
fridge before putting it on. (FYI, once the protective seal on the
aloe vera is open it must be refrigerated. It keeps for a long time.)
Simply apply some of the aloe vera on irritated skin with your bare
hands and let the liquid dry. I have found that this method is
pretty effective for me and my young nieces and nephews. Plus, it's
all natural and far safer (for you and, especially, for young kids)
than bleach. Good luck. Hopefully this will work for you, too.
As far as a repellent goes, you can try natural remedies for this
as well. A simple and effective recipe for insect repellent follows,
and yields about 4 oz:
(use any three of the following essential oils:)
Mix the selected 3 essential oils in a 4 oz spray bottle. Add
about 1 to 2 tablespoons of either the jojoba or sweet almond oil.
Fill the remaining space in the spray bottle with witch hazel.
Replace the cap and spray nozzle and gently shake to combine all
ingredients. To use, spray liberally on skin and clothing, focusing
especially on ankles, forearms, armpits, and the pelvic area
(especially if you intend to be out sunbathing in a swimsuit.)
The bug repellent can be stored in a cool, dry area. It doesn't
need to be refrigerated. The liquids and oils will separate
naturally, but alleviating this only requires another gentle shake
before use. The witch hazel in the mix will prevent the repellent
from feeling greasy or too oily, and the jojoba or sweet almond oil
will help moisturize your skin at the same time.
If you suspect that chigger larvae have worked their way into
your skin or are still present, a hot shower should kill them and
remedy this. After the shower, go ahead and apply the aloe vera.
Here's to a chigger-less summer.
My husband just got over it and he says that Absorbine Jr. worked
the best to get the itch to go away, he kept it handy and just put
it on when the itch started up again. The welts will go away in
about a week. (10/05/2007)
Chiggers only bite in the juvenile stage. They drop off shortly
after gorging them selves on mammalian fluids (you). Contrary to
popular opinion they do not embed themselves in your skin, so do not
use nail polish or bleach as it is only adding toxins to toxins.
Chiggers inject a small amount of an antiseptic material to numb the
area that they are attacking and they are generally not detected
until long after they have fallen off.
You can, if you are particularly sensitive, notice a small tickle
sensation as they attach, but it is barely noticeable. Some
responders are right in warning: "Do not scratch" as this can lead
to secondary infections, possible scarring and open portals to some
very nasty bacteria (MRSA aka flesh eating bacteria). My advice is
to use a product called Mitigator Sting and Bite Scrub. It has
baking soda, papain (meat tenderizer to absorb toxins), and walnut
shell granules to open the pores.
Scrubbing with your fingertips substitutes for scratching with
your fingernails and since it has no harsh chemicals or foul odors
it can be reapplied as often as needed. You can find it at Longs
Drug stores or on the web at: www.mitigator.net. (03/11/2008)
It's surprising, I scanned through all the previous posts and no one
mentioned the one "cure" that worked on my little boy. I popped him
into a tub filled with an Epsom salt bath; let him play for about
1/2 hour. When he was out and dried, pj'd and fed, I gave him
Benadryl and the next morning he was major better. Moral: Epsom
salts aren't just grandma's cure-all. It worked. (05/21/2008)
I know if I make a paste from oatmeal and put it on my skin for 30
minutes once a day for 3 days, my poison oak was cured. It pulls out
the poison from the skin. I wonder if it would apply to chigger
bites. I used Caladryl for the itchiness in between.
Good luck. (06/24/2008)
I have used GIMP by Link Laboratories, it is a mixture of camphor
oil and iodine. It relieves itching quickly and in about 3 days they
are gone. (06/29/2008)
The best thing I did when I had chiggers was I went swimming. I
honestly didn't know that it would help till I got out of the pool
and everything was gone and no more itching. So I guess the chlorine
helps. So just go swimming and see if that helps for you.
A couple of postings have already stated this, unfortunately, the
itch won't be totally gone until your body has reabsorbed the
"feeding tube" it created when the chigger bit your skin.
If you've been outdoors, be sure to shower soon afterwards to
remove any leftover critters, and wash your clothes too, as soon as
If you've been bitten, popular anti-itch lotions, topical
analgesics and/or antiseptics, and in extreme cases the use of
prescription medications, plus time, are the only relief available.
You can use nail polish, but its not a cure mostly a reminder not to
scratch the welt. As already mentioned on this site, though chiggers
do not carry disease, scratching the affected area may lead to a
secondary infection, something you want to avoid. So, wash up well,
apply OTC products to alleviate the itch, and see a physician if the
bites are extremely bad, or are really bothering you.
Having grown up in central Missouri, playing outdoors in the
woods and tall grasses was a daily event. Before going out, mom
would douse our clothing (leg, waist, and arm openings) with
powdered sulfur (also known as "flowers of sulfur"). You don't need
to eat matches, folks, but sulfur works; ask any hunter. But be
forewarned, sulfur stinks. Powdered sulfur is available at pharmacy
The Missouri Department of Conservation has a good article on
chiggers, their bites, prevention, relief, etc. - recommended
reading for those unfamiliar with the chigger mite. mdc.mo.gov
I worked on MODOT and the thing I found out was to "dry out the
skin". Bleach really dries out the skin. Also the same applies to
Poison Ivy and such. I also found just washing yourself with soap,
like anti-bacterial Dial will help a lot. After a while, just
washing myself with Dial took care of the problem. (07/17/2008)
Lucky me, I have had to deal with poison ivy and chigger bites 2
years in a row. Well, last summer, week 3 into the poison ivy after
trying everything, my mom mentioned "Ivy Dry". We looked it up and
it's still available. Well, it works wonders on poison ivy. But,
what I'm getting to is Ivy Dry works well on all kinds of bug bites
as well. The only bad thing is wherever you spray it, that skin will
get dried out and the spray stings like crazy when you first spray
it on. But I promise you, this stuff works great. It's about $10 and
you can find it at CVS and Kroger and there's more, but those 2 are
where I have purchased it from. Hope this helps.
Here's a picture. (07/31/2008)
I also use Vicks, a couple applications and the itch and bite are
I tried this stuff called Chigger Tox get's rid of the itch fast.
Chigger bites are the worst. I have found that preparation H works
well on the bites. Try the cooling gel Prep H. I also put paint
thinner on them and that seemed to relieve most of the itching. If
they have been scratched it will burn, but the burn is not as bad as
I just came back from VA beach, and found myself to be covered with
chigger bites. I have just started a couple of treatments. The
Neosporin didn't really do anything. I am now trying to take
Benadryl and also I read that Listerine mouthwash can feel really
good. So I took a scalding hot soapy bath, and then poured the
mouthwash all over me, making sure to get it everywhere, and then
let myself air dry. I have immediate relief, and the bites seem to
have gone down in size immensely. I am going to keep the treatment
up once a day and I will let you all know how it goes. I also washed
all my clothes and bedding on the burning hot cycle of my washing
machine, just in case. (09/01/2009)
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