As a follow-up to my previous post, I will dedicate this entry to chigger bites. Chigger bites are known for being painful and extremely irritating, making mosquito bites look like mere pricks. Most people describe chigger bites as looking like blisters, only intensely itchy. In a sense, chigger bites are like chicken pox (if you have many bites); they are itchy, sometimes painful, and take about 2 weeks to heal. Thankfully, they can be treated and are usually not severely dangerous to your health, unless your constant itching results in your skin being infected. But before I tell you what you can do to treat a chigger bite, let me list some preventative measures first.
How to Prevent Chigger Bites:
- Wear protective clothing! If you are going outdoors known to have chiggers, wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and close-toed shoes.After being outdoors, wash all clothes on high heat and wash your body thoroughly with soap and water in hot water.
- Chiggers don’t bite in temperatures lower than 60 F or higher than 99 F, so if an area is constantly in this temperature range, then it should be free of chiggers.
How to Treat Chigger Bites:
- There is actually no set, surefire way to treat chigger bites and heal them faster, but there are quite a few different methods that you can try.
- Nail polish, alcohol, and bleach have been claimed to be ineffective in stopping the itching.
- Calamine lotion, corticosteroid, and Benadryl can help reduce swelling and itching.
- Applying sulfur dust around your home and around your ankles before you leave to go outdoors apparently repels chiggers.
- Apply an antiseptic onto the bite to lessen the chances of it getting infected.
- DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITE! Obviously, you will still end up itching the bite(s) at least once, but try not to scratch.
- If washing your body and your clothes with hot water and soap does not seem to work, you can try slathering on some petroleum jelly; the jelly will suffocate the chiggers.