Patient Comments: Chiggers - Treatment


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Comment from: Judy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I wet a bar of soap, whatever kind I happen to have on hand, and rub generous amounts over the itchy chigger bites. Don’t rinse off. Once the soap has dried on the skin, I put my clothes back on. The dried soap gives fast blissful relief and lasts for around 6 hours, then I have to reapply. I picked a tube of generic muscle rub because it had camphor, menthol, and methyl salicylate. Seems to be stopping the itch! I imagine I’ll have to reapply in a few hours, but that’s probably true with any of these remedies. FYI: Maybe don’t talk a walk on a lake beach in Oklahoma in the summer.

Comment from: Judy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I wet a bar of soap, whatever kind I happen to have on hand, and rub generous amounts over the itchy chigger bites. Don’t rinse off. Once the soap has dried on the skin, I put my clothes back on. The dried soap gives fast blissful relief and lasts for around 6 hours, then I have to reapply.

Comment from: Chiggers be gone, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I recently got chiggers for the second time in about 5 years. If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have been itching for weeks on end. Put diclofenac (Voltaren) on it for a day or two and you'll forget you ever had them!

Comment from: 200 Chiggers, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 28

A hot shower makes you itch like crazy while you're taking it, but it releases the histamines and you'll be itch free for long enough to sleep through the night. I also use Chiggerex during the day. To avoid chiggers, dust your ankles, wrists, waist band, and anywhere they can climb aboard, with sulfur dust.

Comment from: GailM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

Pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil provides great relief, though I'm not convinced the insects I've been attacked by are chiggers. Symptoms are similar, and so are the bites.

Comment from: Weepy Willow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I apply MelaGel for chigger bites. It's basically Vaseline and tea tree oil. I use it around ankles, knees and wrists, before going out. But it wears off after a while and I work all day. They got me bad. I also have joint swelling, stiffness, achy eyes, wheezing and nausea; especially at night. At first I thought I just overdid it, until other the family members were reporting similar symptoms after being outdoors here in Kentucky. We're new to the area and didn't really have them like this where we came from.

Comment from: Martha , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had a horrible time getting the itching under control, as apparently, I am severely allergic to chiggers. Following treatment with systemic and topical steroids and Benadryl, I continued to experience an extreme itching sensation. So I tried soaking the affected area of my ankle and leg in a large bucket of very warm water with a few cups of Epsom salt. I soaked the affected area for about 20 minutes. I also used a small towel soaked in the Epsom water to aid. Definitely worth the effort!

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

After days of itching and no relief from traditional methods I tried covering the chigger bites with toothpaste. It worked really well!

Comment from: Golfpro, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I am highly affected by chiggers. I get large red welts and itch badly for 3 to 4 days. One time I got 200 bites while picking blackberries. Chiggerex from the drugstore is what I found to work the best.

Comment from: ChiggersLoveMe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

Product name is Chigarid. I buy it at CVS and at my CVS it's shelved behind the counter. It's a few dollars and is an incredible control for the itching. I read somewhere that chiggers like tight clothing. Also, take a cool shower, but don't take a hot one. The first time I had chigger bites I took hot showers trying to open up the pores (thought the bugs were under my skin). I was in agony. Then I was handed a bottle of Chigarid by my pharmacist.

Comment from: Drh41, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I got my chigger bites approximately 6 weeks ago while playing golf. I did the bath with Clorox bleach at first, but was still itchy and red. I went to the doctor, received a shot and went on prednisone. I am getting better but still itching. I don’t know how long this is going to last! I am still using cortisone cream to relieve itching.


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Comment from: reholmes, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 28

Diclofenac has been effective for chigger bites! One small application and the itching is gone for good. Heals fast.

Comment from: Grandma Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

On my 17 chigger bites I was using peppermint oil but was still waking every 2 or 3 hours. Then I read about using tea tree oil and lavender essential oil combined and that seemed to help the most after a shower before bed. I usually slept through until about 4 or 5 a.m. I also use some of my lotion and Emprizone, and when I add Ambrotose to it and put a Band-Aid on, it pulls out orange gunk. I also tried cotton ball with witch hazel, and that is very soothing. Thanks for your ideas, I'm going to try some of them also. It's been it's been about 6 days now.

Comment from: Traci, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have used my acne face soap that has salicylic (not sure or the spelling) acid in it. It's a pump bottle and I wash with it like a body wash on my chigger bites. It dries them up much faster than anything I have ever seen. I had tried benzoyl peroxide acne products but they weren't as effective.

Comment from: Hepzibah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I usually spray a non-DEET product on myself when I encounter tall grass or walk in the woods. Secondly, I either shower or use a washcloth, water, and soap on my feet and legs right after chigger exposure. Last week, I did not do my preventives and got several chigger bites on my upper legs. I took some Vicks VapoRub, added salt to it and applied it to the bites. This really helped me with the itchiness.

Comment from: JDJ, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

After getting bitten by chiggers, Chiggerex is the only way to go! I get instant relief from itching.

Comment from: TPA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I really react to chigger bites. The bite stays with me for over 2 months, and is itchy most of that time! I find that Absorbine Jr works well to control the itch. Also taking Benadryl every night helps to lessen my reaction. Staying on paths and roadways plus using bug spray, both on myself and my dogs, is very helpful.

Comment from: HarryB3, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

I have found that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) works to clear out to some degree the stylostome tube, applied topically on the chigger bites with a cotton ball soaked in H2O2. As an antiseptic, it may help prevent problems from potential infections. I am not a doctor, this works for me and this is only my opinion. There is still some itchiness, but it does not feel so strong. I don't want to scratch as much and healing can begin.

Comment from: LLIA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I've used a hair dryer with great success in treating chigger bites. Unfortunately the application of heat to the bites causes a secondary reaction, possibly chemical giving the sensation of euphoria. This can be temporarily but intensely addictive and lead you to want to apply heat to the skin longer than is safe which can cause severe burns. I've used this method so far three times on three separate occasions where I've contracted chiggers. All with resounding success.

Comment from: jo, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 12

My husband's cousin was drunk and fell out of a tree stand while hunting. He passed out and lay on the ground several hours before someone found him. He was taken to the hospital, with broken bones and covered in chigger bites. The hospital wrapped his entire body in Glad Press'n Seal, so the chiggers could not breathe. It stopped the itching and killed the chiggers. Needless to say he gave up drinking and hunting. I have used this treatment since, have instant relief and by the time I take the wrap off the chiggers are gone. Unfortunately there are areas of the body difficult to wrap.

Comment from: chard, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

As a bow hunter and motorcycle rider who is in the woods year after year, the best treatment for the itch is Preparation H (the purple one). But getting a shower and scrubbing with a luffa as soon as possible will keep the amount of bites to a minimum.

Comment from: elmo033057, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

I fell into a nest of chiggers last week and got all bitten up. So I conducted an experiment. I put clear nail polish on some, New-Skin liquid bandage on some, and steroid based ointment on others. The nail polish worked great but the New-Skin worked even better because it was just like the nail polish, but with an antiseptic in it. The nail polish and New-Skin worked because chigger bites cause your skin to be very sensitive. So, you'll naturally want to scratch and scratch and scratch. When you put hardening sealers on these bites it seals them so that they have a hard finish on them. Anyway, it worked for me. I used a variety of ointments, some of them very powerful and the sealers worked the best for me. Within 20 minutes my skin didn't itch at all. Hope this helps.


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Comment from: Uncle64, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 11

I must totally agree with this earlier post, it worked great and I had quick relief. Desonide (cortisone) mixed with Neosporin works like a charm clearing my chigger bites up in about 2 days! Benadryl spray worked wonders for relief of itching prior to using the mixture.

Comment from: Jelei, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 17

I have lived in the country on a ranch my entire life, on a lake, with a creek, prime area for chiggers. I've had them more than you can imagine! Sounds strange but put a coating of nail polish on the affected area. Chiggers live under the skin and the nail polish suffocates and kills them by closing the pores, preventing any oxygen from getting to them. It works like a charm every time, it's all I ever use!

Comment from: daytonplace, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I am from California and recently visited Miami. I came home with little red dots all over my feet and ankles and they soon turned into the most horrible itch I ever had. Can't sleep at night. I tried everything, so today I remembered that I take turmeric pills every day, so I mixed a little water with one of the pills and made a paste. Wow, instant relief and took the redness and swelling down within 2 minutes. I'm a believer if I ever get bit again by chiggers this is what I will use.

Comment from: Tricia, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 03

I had a colonoscopy and endoscopic investigations yesterday at the hospital. I had a terrible experience. I was promised sedation as I had the endoscope down about 18 months ago and said I wouldn't have it done again without sedation. I was treated like a piece of meat in a butchers shop, they roughly put a cannula in my hand (which has left a huge lump in my vein) then shoved the camera down my throat with no sedation. I was crying with pain and gagging. I was then given a so called pain killer in the cannula, which did nothing, again no sedation and they could only go about 12 inches and I was screaming in agony and refused to let them continue. I felt like they were ripping my insides out. This whole experience has left me traumatized and would never have these procedures again at any cost whilst I am awake.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

After reading that colloidal oatmeal was suggested by experts as a possible treatment to ease the extreme itching caused by chigger bites, my wife offered me some Grins and Giggles baby lotion with oatmeal. I don't know if it was colloidal or not, but I applied the lotion to the bites and got immediate relief.

Comment from: Starababa, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Compresses of Burow's solution are very effective in reducing itch from chigger bites. I think it can trigger an allergy; each time the reaction is greater, including large blisters.

Comment from: ann379ie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

Desonide (cortisone) mixed with Neosporin works like a charm clearing my chigger bites up in about 2 days! Benadryl spray worked wonders for relief of itching prior to using the mixture.

Comment from: itchy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I too suffered chigger bites. They itched like crazy (I am considered to be very good in self-control but I still could not help myself scratching)! I tried everything over the counter but nothing worked. Out of desperation, I reached for my mom's medicated oil (Eagle brand medicated oil) and rubbed it to the itchy area. After two times rubbing, no more itch! If you can stand the smell (Asians use this oil for tummy ache and everything), give it a try, it works for me!

Comment from: sicochiggers, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I have been dealing with these chiggers for a while now. The best over the counter itch relief I found is Calagel. The Chigg-Away is good too and it will repel them. They get used to it though. Rubbing alcohol kills them on contact. Wash your hair and body with a solution of quarter cut Dawn dish soap and a quart of water. Use a good conditioner after that for your hair. Dawn breaks them down. They will die from Borax and it will keep them out of your closet when left on the floor; be generous with application. Sulphur will also repel them and it is cheap. Put it on your pants’ legs and what not. They love your inner ears. Olive oil or mineral oil applied, a couple of drops each ear, will smother them. They are a living misery on earth once in the house. I could write a book about it. Windex that actually has ammonia works to kill them too. Good luck to you all.

Comment from: littledaisy, Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I was bitten all over by chiggers. I tried everything, including corticosteroid and Benadryl creams, calamine, etc. I still itched horribly. Then I tried pure tea tree oil. It worked! Itching is down 95% and bites are clearing up. It's miraculous. Do try it!


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Comment from: tim, Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I have tried everything and tonight I soaked my ankles in Epsom salt water and all the pain and itching was gone!

Comment from: w8n2fish, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I live in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee and not so pleasantly been introduced to chigger bites. Did not have this problem in the northeast. A friend turned me onto Jewelweed. It grows wild around moist areas and near poison ivy. At first poison ivy is what I used it for. It works unbelievable, stops the itch immediately and cures it faster than getting shots. Well, I figured I would try it on chigger bites and it has the same result. I have found the fastest method of ridding of chigger bites and the itch from them is to pinch the chigger bite and you will get a little red spot in the middle and clear fluid; then rub on jewelweed extract. I find Jewelweed plants easily in roadsides or near brooks or creeks where it’s moist. Take the plant and cut it up into 2 to 3 inch sections, squeeze the fluid out (I use a vise) and collect it in a jar or pill bottle and keep it in the fridge. Believe me no better cure for chigger bites or poison ivy and zero cost.

Comment from: Renee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

The only thing I have found that relieves the itching of chigger bites is plain meat tenderizer mixed with a small amount of water to make a paste. Rub it on, it will burn a little at first but will totally remove the itch.

Comment from: Penny G, (Patient) Published: September 04

I have been dealing with chiggers for 11 days now and have tried every suggestion I have read. My 2.5 years old grandson is covered in bites. It seems that Vicks VapoRub helped us quite a bit. After I left my grandsons home I decided to shower with lye soap I got from my Amish friends. For 11 hours I did not itch! I texted my daughter and she bathed him in it also. She said it helped a lot. This is the most relief I have gotten in 11 days. I'm sure if you don't know any Amish you can get it at a health food store or on line. Hope this helps those of you struggling for relief!

Comment from: ShowMetheCountry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Just a dab of dish soap on a fresh chigger bite. It will relieve the itching almost instantly and will smother the chigger.

Comment from: Jacks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I live in the Caribbean and I squeeze the chiggers and then apply bay rum and petroleum jelly. It works fabulously. Also the petroleum jelly can be used to protect against bites. Apply in the groin and bra area.

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

My dad always treated my chigger bites with grease and salt. Dip finger in grease (food grease, not car grease!) then dip in salt and rub it in. Just got a bunch of chiggers and tried it. The ones I rubbed with salt have not itched again.

Comment from: Asprin Relief, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I did not realize what I had until looked up the photos online and saw what chigger bites grow into. A quick search suggested crumbling an aspirin and making a paste with water. I applied this aspirin concoction to the itchy mini boils the chiggers were creating on my skin, and found relief. I may try to tape over the drying powder and hold it in place while I sleep.

Comment from: Scooter, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 28

I'm currently using extra strength Benadryl spray which seems to take the itch of chigger bite away. It feels like a spray glue, kind of sticky and my shirt sticks to it, but it is inexpensive and easy to apply by yourself. I also use my invisible solid antiperspirant. Mine is Secret. It takes the itch out right away and lasts all night. This seems to actually work better than the spray but I use both, alternately.

Comment from: luke, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have been attacked by these critters many times. Since the bite is essentially a very small acid burn, I find that a mixture of tea tree oil and baking soda, rubbed into the bite will provide long term relief.

Comment from: Tessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have very fair skin and when I got chigger bites I went to my family doctor and she wrote me out a prescription. I went to the pharmacist and he was out of that particular treatment. He said go buy a cheap bottle of clear fingernail polish and paint over each bite and boom they were all gone in 2 days and so was the itching.

Comment from: Dick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

Years ago we went and camped in an area in small cabins and got chiggers and the older lady we knew told us to mix ammonia and alcohol or bleach and rub with it wherever the bites were and it worked well! I took a bottle and mixed ammonia and alcohol and it did a good job! So whenever I have an itch the ammonia and alcohol mix is what I use!

Comment from: Jackie, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 20

I used Clorox for chigger bites; take a cotton ball, dip a little Clorox and apply to the area. Very effective!

Comment from: brad, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I have tried just about everything. I usually get them once a year from working outside and in the woods. The best way that I have found is a two part step. First step is to take a hot bath with rubbing alcohol {just a cap full}. Next, after bath is over and you are dried off, then apply clear finger nail polish to the bitten areas. You will need to repeat the steps for about two to three days.

Comment from: Mack1, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

My father told me this remedy for chigger bites when I was a child, and it works every time (I'm 72 now). Fill a bath tub with about an inch of warm water and using a rough dish washing pad or a wash cloth, rub table salt into the affected areas as hard as you can stand it. Dry yourself off gently and let the salt dry on the affected area. I am not sure if it is the salt or the Iodine in the salt (or both) that makes it work so well. I used non-iodized salt two days ago on some bites and it did not work as well. It may be due to just more chigger bites as I have been doing a lot of yard and garden work all week.

Comment from: Kende, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 18

I am very allergic to chigger bites. My remedy is to cover bite with clear fingernail polish, let it dry and then cover bite with a 50/50 mixture of lavender and tea tree essential oils. The oils stop the itching and begin to heal the bite. The oil mixture is fantastic for mosquito bites.

Comment from: florida gal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I swear by an Over The Counter medicine called Chigarid. It's like nail polish, with medicated stuff to prevent infection. I just got dozens of bites on an 11.5 mile hike in the woods, they got through my shoes and socks despite the DEET. Calamine lotion and cortisone cream didn't work for me, but Chigarid gave me instant relief. You have to reapply it a few times a day.

Comment from: silver fox, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I have chigger bites around my ankles, behind knees and groin. I use a product called Chiggerex 2x power with 10% benzocaine. This really calms down the itching, at least for me. It still takes a couple of weeks before the itching goes away.

Comment from: Salvaje, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I spent 20 years in the military, and 85% of that time was Central and South America. The army gave us little green bottles that said 'itch relief' and a list of ingredients. It is available over-the-counter, it's called Chigg Away, it uses benzocaine and sulfur as the active ingredients. I swear by this stuff. It repels chiggers too. So before I go out to the yard, I slather up a good amount on my feet and ankles.

Comment from: Angie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Baking soda baths help neutralize the sting of the chigger bites. I took 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons cornstarch and whisked it into coconut oil (in its liquid state - warm), then put it in fridge a while to turn solid. Rub that on bites and it works! Great relief. I later added a drop of tea tree oil -- even better! Use powdered sulfur from a garden center dusted on your shoes and socks to prevent them.

Comment from: Lou, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

After dealing with chigger bites since moving to the Midwest, I have found that as soon as you find a chigger bite, get a cotton ball and saturate it with Hydrogen peroxide and hold it on the chigger bite for about a minute. I also rub it a little to make sure I got the whole area. Do not scratch it if it begins to itch, just repeat the hydrogen peroxide again. I have tried every known product for chiggers and none of them work. I am very sensitive to their bites, and they always turned into welts - but last year was the first time I tried this method, and I feel it really helps get rid of the infection much faster and the itching won't be intense as it normally would be. I apply the hydrogen peroxide after showers, before bed and first in the morning and any time I might feel like it's itching at all. The first time I found out about these horrible insects, I had over 50 bites around my torso which welted up to the size of golf balls. I went to my physician - who didn't really have any solution so he sent me to a dermatologist who also didn't know what to do.

Comment from: Janice, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

I and a friend had been out walking around my new yard. I had bites that I thought were dear flies. My friend had many bites that we thought were fleas because I had treated my cats. By day two we figured out it was chiggers. The itching is unbearable. The new neosporin that works on eczema works for the itch. also if you can resist the urge to scratch it seems to help.

Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Female Published: October 18

My doctor prescribed a high potent Cortizone cream halobetasol 0.05% cream. Cleared up the itching right away. I should have visited him immediately instead of trying different remedies I was seeing on the internet.

Comment from: Reetie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I never had chigger bites in my life! I didn't even know these were chigger bites until yesterday when a friend told me they were not mosquito bites. He suggested the nail polish trick but I have sensitive skin. He said you basically need to "suffocate" the bites. I once heard Scotch magic tape stops the itch, so last night I went to bed looking like an office supply store, but I did not itch all night! I also got some relief from Biofreeze, available from chiropractors or hospital physical therapy units. Thanks to everyone who submitted their relief stories! When you're that intensely itchy, you'll try anything!

Comment from: jackie, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

My husband had stage 4 liver disease and just about died a couple times. He has got a swollen stomach, is losing his mental ability and can barely walk. He has never turned yellow I don’t know why. He was given a certificate of incapacity.

Comment from: fourteenwest, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

Windex was effective for chigger bites! It’s amazing, and readily available under your sink!

Comment from: guest, (Patient) Published: August 07

Pouring hot water, as hot as you can handle without scalding yourself, provides relief from the intense itching of chigger bites but has to be repeated after a few hours. This is what allowed me to sleep after I got 30 or so bites on both legs up to my knees.

Comment from: Heyjules, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I went camping a couple weeks ago and the next day I had chigger bites all over. I know tanning beds are a no-no, but a couple of days later I went to a tanning bed and noted that night/early next day that the bites were starting to scab over. Good ever since!

Comment from: Farm Boy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

I remember getting chiggers as a kid when we baled straw on the farm. We would get a few bites on our arms and legs. Nail polish was our treatment. We thought they burrowed into the skin, not so. I have not had chiggers for 40 years, until this year! First round, 50-75 bites, are almost healed. Second round about 50 more bites after weeding a flower bed that I had dirt hauled in for. The chiggers or eggs were in that dirt! Today they get a taste of insecticide!

Comment from: perserverence, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

Useful aroma oils for chigger bites and other bites as well include tea tree oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil. In addition, aloe vera gel and alcohol are helpful. See which one is best for you.

Comment from: Skinny Chef, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

I work as a chef, so I can withstand a little heat than most people. I have found open flames to be very effective. Basically I put the affected area to an open flame, for as long as I can stand, pull it away and let it cool a little and do it again.

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

For my chigger bites I used Betamethasone Dipropionate ointment USP (augmented) .05%. It stops the itching, redness, and swelling. A prescription is required from a medical professional.

Comment from: DR. Frank, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 18

The most effective, immediate remedy for the itching of a chigger bite is Vicks Vapor Rub. Just rub it onto the bite area, and they are gone!

Comment from: Vicki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I have a terrible case of chiggers and my husband is suffering also. In desperation one night, he scratched his bites and then applied Listerine! I thought it was a little crazy, but last night I was suffering and did the same thing and I felt quick relief! I showered this morning and reapplied before going to work. It has been 3 hours now and still no itching. Hoping it will last all day! I don't know if it's killing the little buggers, though I'm sure they have fresh breath!

Comment from: bliss, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

The best product I have found for the relief of chigger bites is Chiggerex Plus! It's an OTC medicated ointment containing 5% benzocaine, aloe, chamomile, and several natural oils.

Published: September 25

After taking a walk with a friend in the Southeastern Virginia woods, I woke up in the middle of the night itching terribly. I am covered with chigger bites. It's been 6 days now. Benadryl helps and also hot showers and something I picked up from the pharmacy, an OTC solution called "Chigarid". That helps. If I've been scratching too much the Chigarid will burn but it does give relief. I have close to two hundred bites, mostly on my thighs, ankles and crotch areas. I have a few bites in the armpit area. A friend gave my a Chinese herbal that's used to treat poison ivy and it has been helpful. It is called "Hua She Jie Yang Wan". My friend did not get bit; and he was wearing shorts!

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

After reading a few remedies regarding vinegar, I remembered another Caribbean trick for alleviating jelly fish stings. It sounds a little crazy, but I basically coated my feet - the affected area - in Windex, and the itching almost immediately stopped. Instead of wiping it off, I put on slipper socks to heat them up. Next time, I'll remember the bug spray.

Published: September 25

I had four little bites right where the waistband of my jean skirt met my waist and after three days of horrible itching from such little bites my cousin said they looked like chigger bites and that I should put nail polish on it. I had been using OTC cortisone cream, neosporin, taken a benadryl, a bath in epsom salt all within the last three days and nothing was making the itch go away. I decided to give the nail polish a try, worked excellent. The blisters are gone and they don't itch at all after only an hour or so after trying it.

Comment from: teezerisme, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I do not agree that nail polish is not an effective treatment. I have had chigger bites on my legs for 3 weeks now. I did not realize they were chigger bites (I thought they were mosquito or bed bug bites) so I left them alone and cleaned my apartment, bedding, and clothing multiple times with no different results. Each morning I would wake up with another bite. When a friend suggested it might be chigger bites I cover all off my spots with nail polish. The next morning I have 10 new red bumps (where the chiggers all shifted to). I covered those and the surrounding tissue in nail polish. The itching stopped that day and I have had no more bites. Nail polish works!

Comment from: btoussa, 45-54 Female Published: July 27

My feet had many chigger bites, and I soaked them in Epsom salts. The Epsom salts help to remove the toxins and speed the healing. Tea tree oil also is a great natural remedy to help itching and swelling. Benadryl and ibuprofen help reduce the inflammation. I had a really tough attack. Now, it’s almost two weeks later and they are still healing.

Comment from: Joy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

Nothing has yet been worked for my chigger bites. For first time ever (in 57 years), I am outside 24/7. I’m homeless. What can I do!

Comment from: wrangler, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have been incredibly itchy for several weeks and used hydrocortisone ointment and a prescription for poison oak, thinking it was a rash or allergy of some kind. A local pharmacist told me to look up chigger bites. After reading several remedies, I grabbed the first remedy available, which was Windex. I just sprayed the entire area of my right shoulder, and upper back that had been responding minimally to the above ointments. The Windex just took the heat and the itch away. I am amazed! Thrilled! Relieved for now! Astounding! Relief was immediate. My skin hasn't felt this normal in weeks.

Comment from: hillbilly, 35-44 Male Published: August 23

When I was a kid roaming the wilds of Southeastern Oklahoma with my hound dog, we would both bath in a tub of water with Pine Sol mixed in. It always cured both of us. In hind sight, I am not sure if we just washed before they bit us or what. However, the Pine Sol bath was also an effective flea dip for the hounds. (kids too!! ha ha)

Comment from: HUNTER, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

Apply ice as soon as possible, and continue first thing in morning and before bed. Immediately stops the itching and reduces the swelling to almost nothing. The 5% steroid creams (cortisone) have helped in between. I have been bitten many times thru the years; and none of the other numerous remedies has done anything.

Published: August 16

Ok i think I have seen and heard it all the most effective thing I have found to relieve the itch is oral gel yes you heard me right it also works great on mosquito bites and to keep you cat from scratching your favorite chair.hey don't knock it till you try it!

Comment from: Kiki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Tea Tree Oil. I'm fighting them now it seems to work well.

Comment from: nascar7139, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Just had my first encounter with chiggers. Found local remedy for itching worked just as well as anything else I have read, Benadryl was good. Wondering how long they last? It has been almost 2 weeks since my exposure and some them still itch and some are still red. I am thinking I may have had an allergic reaction to the bites, but not sure since never experienced them before. Will be seeing my doctor on another matter in a few days and will see what she has to say. Thought they would be gone by now.

Comment from: JoCo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

Just tried the vicks vapo rub on my chiggers and it seems to be quieting the itch. I don't get mosquito bites, (they bite me but I don't get the itchy bumps from them-lucky me!!) but if they itch anything as insanely as chiggers, I feel sorry for the people who have to deal with them AND chiggers too!! The itch is maddening!!!

Comment from: 51Harlee, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

I tried [3] given methods, results were: 1- vicks didn't work well, it was temporary but left me itching more. 2- aspirin provided immediate relief BUT 3- baking soda burned a little, but provided the Best at Long time non-itch. I had a couple places I had scratched already and they took longer, BUT I found washing with soap & water each evening and reapplying was Necessary - I washed the lower and not the upper leg areas only to find the washed area healed faster. Finally, I kept powder baking soda with me and applied it as necessary because some areas continued to leak - the continual application helped form a good cover - scab. I cannot use deet and chemicals, I used Skin So Soft OIL- obviously didn't have it on the day I went in to the farm field. However, my lawn maintenance friend said he uses diesel fuel on the bottoms of his jeans and has no problems with chiggers, and he cuts all over Kansas and Montana.

Published: July 26

I had went to a friends house who has horses oustide basically in their front yard. They also have cats and dogs inside. When i got home i noticed all these tiny bugs all over my and my 3 month old daughter. my first thought was bed bugs. My fiance was convinced that they were ticks but i don't think that was possible because they were all the same size and so small. His dad then suggested that they could possibly be chiggers. After doing some research I think his dad is right. I had probably a 100 on me. As soon as i noticed them on me and my daughter we got in the bath. They were mainly on my left thigh and my groin, but every where there was a bug there is now a bite mark that itches uncontrollably. It itches so bad in my sleep i wake up and have to rub germ-x on my legs to make it stop.

Comment from: m.j., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

After 2 days of NO RELIEF. I've used vaporub and aerosol hair spray. Slept like a baby and quick itch relief

Comment from: Howdy, 25-34 Male Published: July 17

I have found that a good long swim in a regular chlorinated pool helps.

Comment from: Nette97, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I use this Amish gel called Unkers and it takes the itch right out of them !

Comment from: barrygood, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

i have found that a hand held hair dryer works in relieving the pain for hours and helps dry the sore up faster. just put the dryer on medium heat and direct the air at the sore. keep the air on as long as you can bear( it hurts) take the air off the sore. when the skin cools a little repeat a few more times.the pain goes away for hours.

Comment from: Rose Campion, Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have used used scalding hot water for many kinds of bites. I put a damp paper towel in the microwave for 10 or 20 seconds, then carefully apply to the bite for just a few seconds, once or twice. The hot water temporarily desensitizes the skin, stopping the itch scratch cycle for several hours. It's like when you drink a hot liquid and burn your tongue and cannot taste anything. You have to be very carefull, and it only works if you don't have too many bites, but if you are sensitive to bites, it is a lifesaver. I have used this for poisen oak and mosquito bites as well

Comment from: Jnjhowell, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

Use alcohol on a cotton ball to bring chigger to skin, remove with tweezers and apply Gold Bond for relief. Seems to be working tonight! Used this on a friend 25 years ago And now on myself!

Comment from: pcolalgal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I found out that kerosene works also and also bleach baths.

Comment from: Pixie, Female (Caregiver) Published: June 17

I like to use essential oils of peppermint and lime mixed with witch hazel. The peppermint cools and dries and the lime cools and smells fantastic. Witch hazel is mildly drying and keeps the welt clean. I put the mixture in a small spray bottle so I don't have to touch the hot, itchy spot. It's inexpensive too. Never put poisons of any kind directly on your skin.

Comment from: Betsy, 45-54 Female Published: June 13

For many of the last 12 years I've camped in summer in an area of South Dakota which is very chigger-infested. I've been told that this is because cattle sometimes roam there. Chiggers love me and I've had dozens or hundreds of bites over the years. First, unless you're itching around your waistline, groin or bra-line, you probably don't have chiggers. Sometimes you'll be lucky to catch them at your ankles, but not usually, as they will not bite until they've found a dark, humid, soft area. Once you have them, you can try putting Vick's or Vaseline on the bites to smother them (watch for red dots, because sometimes they just move a few inches over!) Some people just don't get chiggers; I guess they're picky eaters. HERE'S HOW YOU PREVENT THEM: every day, apply Avon's Skin-so-soft lotion to your ankles and outside of your socks. If it's too hot for socks, generously apply to feet, even the bottom of your feet! do this before you even get out of your tent. Then re-apply every few hours. If you're as vulnerable as I am, diligent use of Skin-so-Soft means maybe you'll only have 4 or 6 chigger bites by the end of the camping trip, instead of 75 or so! Another tip: stay out of the tall grass!!

Comment from: Marcie4, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I used my Roseaca medicine, Metrogel on them. First application, no more itching. It was like magic!

Comment from: Ken, 55-64 Male Published: June 12

I work on cell towers in the mountains of Tn. and chiggers are a daily experience. I have found that using Deep Woods OFF, sprayed on my shoes, pant legs, my socks and my calves this prevents the little buggers from biting and keeps them off of me and my clothes. I ran out of it the other day and went to a cell site to work, I now have over 300 bites and itch and burning is intense, my own fault but I'll not be without OFF again.

Comment from: mamasue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I work outside a lot and get chigger bites. The only thing that reduces the itching and treats them effectively is nail polish. Corticosteroid cream does not help.

Comment from: Alan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I've been applying an OTC product called After Bite Itch Eraser. It's basically Ammonia 3.5% with some "natural" oil – I suspect olive or mineral oil. It burns a bit if you've been scratching, but relieves the itch in about 20-30 minutes. So far, (48 hours later), a single application on each bite has been effective.

Comment from: Laughingfalcon, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 09

Get a magnifying glass. If you have a chigger, you will see a tiny red dot, which looks like a teeny drop of blood. You might also need good lighting – use a flashlight. Once you see the red dot, scrape it away with your fingernail. The bite will still itch a little but will go away sooner. If you get it soon enough it can go away immediately.

Comment from: Capt. Tim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

I have read numerous articles for treatment and have tried everything from Epsom salts to hand sanitizer, but the only thing that has relieved the itching is Absorbine Jr. Read the label, it states: "It is also an effective first aid antiseptic for relief of non-poisonous insect bites." What a relief!

Comment from: In florida, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

Cover the bites with vaseline. It stops the itching immediately. I don't know if the little guys are suffocated or it just relieves the itching, but it works.

Comment from: Gin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

Using various ointments to stop the chigger bite itching didn't seem to do the job, but I did find something that helps for bug bites as well as poison ivy. Hot water. As hot as you can stand, right on the spot. Do this for as long as you can bear it. It seems to break up the histamine responsible for the itch, and for me, works up to 8 hours at a time. While you are applying the hot water though, be prepared for intense itching while using the water. That lets you know that the histamine is breaking up.

Comment from: genesisjenna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

Obviously, the best thing to do is spray with a good insect repellant before going into the woods, this definitely works. You know, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". I have tried everything from fingernail polish, bleach, alcohol, and kerosene with very little relief. Then one day I was in such misery that I tried anything I could find. I used Ivarest that day and discovered that Ivarest (for relief of poison ivy) gave relief for quite a few hours, and the chiggers didn't last as many days as usual. I live in the wilderness where there is an abundance of chiggers and seed ticks.