Patient Comments: Chigger Bites - Prevention


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Comment from: Dee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

After visiting Missouri I came in contact with chiggers. Having never had chiggers, I asked my mom what to do, and she said to use deodorant. I happened to have Secret gel deodorant and applied that to my ankles. The itch stopped immediately and the effect lasted most of the day. I woke up in the middle of the night scratching like crazy, I applied it again and instantly it stopped itching! I don't know if this will help anyone else but it sure helped me.

Comment from: James, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I was bitten by a number of chiggers a month ago and got really inflamed. I’ve been to the doctor and got a steroid shot and pills, and also antibiotics. After the steroid pills were out the bites became inflamed again and it is itching all over again. I haven’t gotten a full night's sleep since I've been bitten. I might be hypersensitive to the bites. I'm reading that I'm not alone on this. I love the outdoors but the no-sleep is wearing on me; it seems to itch worse at night.

Comment from: rocket88coupe, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

Adding bleach to a very hot water bath, then rubbing alcohol rub down, helps a lot. Absorbing Junior seems to work for me too, I’m now loaded with the little pests will try Listerine or Campho. Next best advice for chigger relief is to stay out of pastures or grass or use Vicks VapoRub.

Comment from: Joel, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

The sulfur powder mentioned before is the most effective method for treating a whole yard. Just buy a 10 or 20 pound bag and use a mixer sprayer and spray your yard preferably a day or two before a rain. We live in Tennessee and used this on our yard after years of chigger infestation. Solved the problem in a day. Treatment lasts 1-2 years. For $20 and the absence of deadly chemicals, it"s worth it.

Comment from: outdoor experience f, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

I found years ago that a good preventative for chigger bites is to dust the likely infestation area of your skin with Sulfur dust. This is an age old preventative and really works. Powdered sulfur can usually be purchased from your local pharmacy.

Comment from: HG, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

Tooth paste stops the itch from chigger bites almost instantly.

Comment from: Rashmi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I was cleaning out a garden bed in the spring and to my dismay I discovered I had chiggers the next morning. Everywhere my bra straps rested on my skin were chigger bites. I created an Epsom salt and mint paste for the bites. I dehydrated those things.

Comment from: itchy all the time, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

Healing clay is good to put on chigger bits. You can find it at Walmart and health food store. Make a paste and apply. I guarantee it works. It will stop.

Comment from: Midwest Mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I got 19 chigger bites just from a short time pulling weeds in my garden. After going through the routines that I grew up with...Chigger X, Benadryl, finger nail polish, I was getting minimal relief. Then I thought about what I'm really trying to do - remove the feeding tube! I filled a bath with water and added 2 1/2 cups of Epsom salt. I proceeded to soak in the bath for about 10-15 minutes and I haven't itched since!

Comment from: Seb, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

I am working on a large yard (approximately 5000 square feet) and my crew and I have to use Off sprayed on our ankles, boots and jeans at the start of every day and even then someone gets bitten up by chiggers at least once a week.

Comment from: B, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

If you mix VapoRub with salt and rub on the chigger bites, it helps relieve the itching a lot!

Comment from: eagergardener, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

Once bitten by chigger I use wart remover pads (40 percent salicylic acid). Cut them into small squares and cover bite area. The quicker they are discovered and covered, the less itching there will be.


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Comment from: Sandy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 22

I have been raised to believe that finger nail polish applied to the chigger bite will help kill the bug. I"ve been told it smothers the chigger, have no idea if this is true but am now using it on my granddaughter as she is covered with the darn things and it seems to be easing the itch also.

Comment from: Judi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I thought I had scabies but now I wonder if it’s chiggers. Doctors do not think it is scabies. I have 3 wooden boxes in the back yard that used to be a garden, and now just tall grass and weeds. The two dogs are around them daily. Wonder if they could be bringing chiggers inside the house.

Comment from: NewGrammy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I tried the Epsom salt soak for chigger bites and it seems to be working - at least for the past 3 hours.

Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I have to disagree with the nail polish not providing a remedy for chigger bites, it does work and I guess it blocks off the stylostome feeding tube. I used Merthiolate on my bites only once and it gave me instant relief. I had them on my neck and lower arm that were constantly itching.

Comment from: Hayseedim, 75 or over Male Published: September 06

I use talcum powder on your body and no chigger bites.

Comment from: don, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I am a retired conservation officer, so I have spent my entire life in the outdoors and have suffered my share of chigger bites. I tried every over the counter remedy and found no relief. Than a fellow Biologist told me to try (You are going to laugh. Preparation H., And it works. I put it on at the first sign of itching and then twice a day until it goes away and Preparation H, also shortens the time of itching. Sometimes as little as two days where before it was always 4 or 5 days. This summer is south central New England they seemed to be worse than in many years and we had new next door neighbors who dearly loved their new country acreage and then the chiggers struck with a vengeance. I told them of the P.H. remedy and they were very grateful. Hope this helps

Comment from: maggie, 75 or over Female Published: July 23

One time everyone in the party got chigger bites but one. After going over many things, we found the only difference was he was wearing Old Spice Classic stick deodorant. Don't know the science behind it, but chiggers don't like it--if I and my husband plan an outdoor adventure where we might encounter them, we rub the deodorant stick on the skin around our ankles and above our knees and never have a problem.

Comment from: Barbara, Female Published: July 10

I work on a berry farm, so prevention has always been lots of bug spray, two pair of socks with pants tucked in, and leather boots. This year, I worked in the currant patch, where the lowest branches were on the ground, and so was I. [Now, I spray my entire pants legs, crotch and waist when picking currants.]


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