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How To Treat Chigger Bites

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Chiggers are tiny mites that, as members of the arachnid family, are a cousin of spiders and ticks.[1] Chiggers attach themselves to humans who walk through infested vegetation, exploring their human hosts for 3 to 6 hours before biting them. Most chigger bites occur in thin-skinned areas of the body like the ankles, waist, groin, armpits and backs of knees. This article will teach you first aid for chigger bites as well as home remedies to help relieve itching while the bites heal.

1. First Aid for Chigger Bites

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Take a hot shower the moment that you realize you have a chigger bite. Scrub your body with soap to remove any additional chiggers from your skin. A shower will also help to minimize skin reactions from the bites.

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Use an antihistamine or topical hydrocortisone cream to relieve the itching. Alternatively, apply an icepack or a cold compress to the area to stop the itching.

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Avoid scratching. Trim your fingernails closely if you’re struggling to stop scratching the bite. If you do break the skin, then apply an antiseptic ointment to prevent  infection

2. A Time Proven Home Remedy 

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Here’s a simple solution, that’s been used for more than a century. Take a partial jar of Vicks Vaporub, add a couple of tablespoons of regular table salt to it.

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Stir it up and then apply a small amount to each bite. The purpose of the Vicks is to hold the salt granules in place, and the menthol alleviates the itching

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