Help...dear old dad has chigger bites!

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  1. clovis

    clovis Well-Known Member

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    Dad got some chigger bites over the weekend....they are driving him crazy.

    What can we use to treat the bites?

    How do we better prevent the bites in the future?

    Finger nail polish and mecuricome aren't helping a bit.

    TIA!!!!!!!
    You folks are a fine blessing with all your help!!!
    clove
     
  2. wishomesteader

    wishomesteader Well-Known Member

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    my grandma covered them with vasaline.
     

  3. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sandlewood Essentiol Oil.
     
  4. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    Hot compresses, as hot as he can stand. That's what we do when clear nail polish fails. Hurts like the dickens when it's happeneing, but AHHHH, the relief afterwards.

    Nikki
     
  5. NJ Rich

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    If nothing else works get to a Hunting & Fishing Store tomorrow and ask for "Chig-a Way. My buddy swears by it. Until then try warm salt water soaks.
     
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    We always use stick deodorant, the cheapest kind. It stops the itching. Just rub it on when it starts to itch again, works great. If we are working in tall weeds, grasses, we usually wear long sleeves, gloves, put on some bug spray to keep them away, also use some kerosene on our britches legs, wear tall socks and use an elastic band on the bottom of your britches.
     
  7. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Motrin is an anti-inflamatory, and I have found it helpfull. It takes some of the swelling and redness out, which reduces the itch.

    Also, bug repellent spray on the bites will get rid of the chigger, but you STILL have to wait out your bodies reaction to the critters saliva.
     
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    Benadryl 25 mg will basically stop the itch and swelling, and so will mushing up fresh plantain leaves and rubbing them on the bites. flea, tick, and chigger spray before going outside will prevent bites.
     
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    Add bleach to the bath water.
     
  10. BillyGoat

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    Yep, the pharmasist told my hubby, the Benadryl.

    Dot with ammonia for immediate stop itch, until he can take benadryl
     
  11. busybee870

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    clear fingernail polish on the bites. The chiggers actually burrow into the skin, the polish suffocates them and the itching stops. (speaking form major experience)
     
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    brouwer Well-Known Member

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    When we were on vacation, I got a chigger and all I had was firm hold hair spray. Worked great!
     
  13. debd0712

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    We found a product called Chigarid - burns a bit when you put it on but the itching stops - best stuff we have found yet. Before that nail polish worked better for us than anything else we had tried (and DH & I tried lots of stuff), but you mentioned that isn't working for DOD. I haven't tried ammonia on chigger bites (will have to), only on bee and wasp stings. Benadryl will work eventually, but may also put him to sleep. Good luck - they can sure be miserable. I have scars from my first chigger bites 2 years ago - just could not stop scratching, especially while sleeping. Luckily the things we have tried since relieve the itching enough that I haven't had a repeat of the scarring.

    Debbie
     
  14. Ark

    Ark Well-Known Member

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    Wow, look at the variety of remedies! :p

    We use TeaTree Oil, and it works GREAT!
     
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    The absolute best thing I have found for making the itch of chigger bites go away for good is to apply 10% benzoyl peroxide ( pimple medication) to them. I have been experimenting with it this year and it only takes one or two applications, before it dries the bite up and the itching stops within a day or 2 at most. I used to suffer for at least a week from chigger bites till I started using this stuff. Invest $5 in a bottle and you won't be sorry.
     
  16. Tabitha

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    I have tried the fingernail polish and it caused a mega infested bump. for the itch I use witch hazel. needs to be applied morning and night, and whenever it starts up again. In this weather I hate to dress like I am expecting a snowstorm to ward off chiggers and ticks. dislike those critters!!!.
     
  17. MarleneS

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    END A MYTH TODAY: Chiggers do NOT burrow into your skin. They attach themselves by mouth part, like a tick does.

    Hugs
    marlene
     
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    Daddy always put bleach in the bath water. We use Tea Tree Oil. Great stuff!
     
  19. joe

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    How can you tell that they are chigger bites? Do you use a magnifier to view the bugs?