Take the Itch out of Annoying Chigger Bites

 

Chiggers are tiny mites that latch onto the skin and inject saliva (digestive enzymes) into the host. It’s the saliva that causes the severe and intense itching. Chiggers are nearly impossible to see and often the only sign of them may be the numerous itchy red bumps that appear on the skin of the victim. Chiggers brush off quite easily and will rinse off with a quick shower or bath.

Remedies for Chigger Bite Itch

Here’s a handy tip for those itchy bites from chiggers that may have hitched a ride home from an afternoon of hiking: take a nice long soak in a bath of warm epsom salts to take the itch right out. Another home remedy involves dabbing a bit of clear fingernail polish over the site, but the epsom salt bath seems to work the best. Benadryl gel is also good to have on hand.

Preventing Chigger Bites

Always remember to spray on an insect repellent before heading outdoors and to shower immediately upon returning home. Avoid long grass or brush and, if hiking along local nature trails, be sure to stay on the trail to reduce the risk of running into these annoying creatures. A few simple precautions will make the outdoors much more inviting.

About Beverly Hill

Beverly is a deputy clerk with the Florida court system and is an experienced writer in her free time. Her love of adventure and the outdoors is what fuels her desire to seek out new and exciting things.
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One Response to Take the Itch out of Annoying Chigger Bites

  1. Beverly, love your site. Check out ChiggerBlock.com High Woods Herbals make an all natural chigger, tick and mosquitoe repellent that rocks! It is amazing. I started using it last year and I have been bite free ever since except when I forget to put it on. The balm they sell works wonders on the bites that I do get. Makes them stop itching almost right after putting it on them.

    Just wanted to share. Ever since I moved to Tennessee I have been enemies with the little pest.

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