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Chigger bites! Help?!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by maizey, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hubby and I have been looking at property to build our dream farm on and I went out to look at one the other day myself. in addition to having a very large cell tower in close proximity [​IMG] , it also had chiggers! I came home and bathed when I saw them on me but didn't get home in time to prevent multiple snacks by the little blighters. [​IMG] I've applied cortisone cream and taken a benadryl but is there something better? It helped but I'm still itchy...and drowsy now too...great. [​IMG]
     
  2. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chigger RX and the generic form of Caladrly Clear Lotion. The generic works far better than the actual Caladryl and the Chigger RX will leave a cooling feeling that will make it feel better. I walked right into a whole nest of them last summer and had them all the way up to my neck (literally) and that worked best for me. Good luck with the nasty little things.
     
  3. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got bazillions of chigger bites last year while picking blackberries. When the itching was unbearable, I would blow hot air from the hair dryer on it; a couple of minutes of pain from the heat and the itch is gone. My doctor said if it happened again to come see her and she could give me an injection to relieve the itch. Chiggerex Plus was the best of the OTC itch remedies for me.
     
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some suggest clear fingernail polish. After spending time in the woods or grass I slap wintergreen alcohol from my feet to my hips then jump in the shower with a dog shampoo that gets rid of ticks and fleas. Cheaper than Rid-X and have not had chiggers in years.
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I must be mistaken but thought chiggers actually embedded themselves into your skin. Least this is what my friends in OH and military told me. I never walked into any myself but friends would use heated needles to drive them out of skin and if serious infestation actually soak area in gasoline to kill them. Buddy was wearing swim shorts so infested area was too sensitive for hot needles [​IMG]
     
  6. Heathero617

    Heathero617 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats what I thought too...and we always paint the spots with clear nail polish so they die.
     
  7. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
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    Quote:Thats what I thought too...and we always paint the spots with clear nail polish so they die.

    Same here! Take a warm bath dabb a little bleach on the area and let it dry, then dot clear fingernail polish on them. You could use colored fingernail polish but then you might look funny with little colored dots all over LOL. Its used to smoother them.
     
  8. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DEEP HEET! I once had them so bad I was ready to claw my legs off, and was trying everything I had in the medicine cabinet. DH WORKED!
     
  9. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    If you happened to go to bed with all these chigger bites and didn't take a shower first, you need to wash all of your bedding. Otherwise, you will continue to get new bites. My niece recently went through this same thing. Sorry you're itching.
     
  10. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Me too. That's why you paint them with fingernail polish, to suffocate them. I only got them once, the day before I went on a week long vaca on lake Cumberland. They itch so bad and look awful!
     

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