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Jesse B.

k guys, one simple fact about chiggers is that they DO NOT burrow into your skin, this is from a combination of myth, and thinking you see it in the bite (thats just a red dot, not a bug)
the most annoying thing about the chiggers is that they dont itch for almost a full day after they bite you, so prevention is useless by the time you itch.
taking hot showers when infested with living, crawling chiggers will help remove them, they are very delicate and can be rubbed off with a towel, showers will also help itches when VERY VERY hot, itch is caused by a chemical your body releases (histomine maybe) heat makes your body put out the chemical, it can only put out so much per certain time, so the shower almost disables your ability to itch (as much)
when they bite they put their saliva (spit) into your skin, this kills all skin cells it touches, which in turn creates a dead cell tube (really small) your body reacting to such tube is where the itch comes in
other itch remedies that i have found affective are all forms of heat, a lit cigarette, a hair dryer, heating pad (not so much), anything with benadryl (different sprays, lotions and pills) it is an anti-histomine which helps itch. try your best not to scratch, that makes it worse, it reminds your body of the itch, irritates the sore, creating an itch, and leaves the possibility of an infection from dirty fingernails.
other remedies which i havent tried yet (for my current case of chiggers) that still sound like they will work are listerine, it contains many ingredients of anti-chigger lotions, just apply with cue-tip on sore, also meat tenderizer spread over the sores with out grinding in, it makes sense cause it helps break down tissues (bad for skin) but good for that 'tube' chigger created earlier that needs to be destroyed, other remidies that have a placebo or other affect are fingernail polish, tape, glue, or anything that will dry a layer over it, the only way this helps in reality is the fact it stops you from scratching and helps dry sore
lastly but not least, today after a two day bout with these itchy sores i went to a friends house to go swimming, after a few hours predominantly in the pool with some decent physical activity, i only had a few itches in the next couple hours (i have over 100 bites only 2 consistantly itched) i dunno why the swim helped, but my guesses could be the chlorine in the water helping break down the sore as the meat tenderizer did, and the physical activity stopped me from scratching for over 2 hours giving them time to heal some, and to get my mind off the itches
this is my second battle with chiggers, the first numbering well over 250 bites mainly from the knee up, and at least 20 on my private area, i was miserable for 5 days, i used the hair dryer mostly, my best word of advice tho is dont use dangerous stuff, insecticides are not for humans, dont use them (they arent insects, tho the insecticide will prolly kill em) kerosine, gasoline, and bleach are not good to be in your body, at all, so dont put them there, listerine will provide burn too, and that is the only form of relief that will be achieved from either of those dangerous folklores

srry its so long guys, just hope it helps you tons when you get em and google how to fix em =]
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umm sorry sweetie but ur freakin full of it get off the drugs big'in


Me and my husband are covered in chigger bites and we read your remedy and thought ' we have nothing to lose ' so we took a HOT shower and then we put Listerine on ALL of our bites and you were right. It stopped the itching instantly!!! I will keep Listerine around forever. For anyone who reads this take it from me IT REALLY WORKS. I have been itching all day and now I don't feel like I am losing my mind. Thank you for your remedy, I will tell everyone I know about this.


Normally once you feel the itch the chigger is already gone. adults eat plant only. For the bites I found it you make a strong sage or blackberry leaf tea and pour into shallow bath. Set and rub the areas with the water for a few minutes. The bites will go away.

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