Chiggers SUCK! Remedies?

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It seems this is the year of the Chigger. Mite be the worst year ever for some reason.

Lots of our caching brothers and sisters hurting right now.

If you've got a fav remedy or preventive measure, please share.

Otherwise, be sure to spray !

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Benadryl oral and cream. Everything else is a wives tale. Preventative measures is a must if you don't like chiggers.

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Muddy Buddies passed along this one.

A capful of bleach in hot water in a bath tub. Soak for a while.

I do that and then put Chigger Ex Plus from Wal Mart on them.

I'm thinking the Chigger Ex container might make a decent cache.

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I've always gone with thacatfish remedy - clear nail polish. If you use the colored stuff it looks like your feet and legs have the measels. Muddy Buddies hot water seems to work too. I am going into the second week with a bad case on my feet and legs. :tickedoff:

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Alternate applications of Benadryl and hydrocortisone. And don't scratch. If that doesn't work add the oral Benadryl. If that doesn't work, see you doctor for some oral steroids.

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As a kid, I was always told by my grandmother to put rubbing alcohol on the bites for a few days because you had to kill the chigger or red bug. From what I remember it worked, however I now have read that this is not how the chigger works. Oh well, so much for using the old school approach. I did just read that many people have good luck with putting Listerine on the bites?

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I agree with thacatfish, clear fingernail polish. been doing that since I was a kid and it works.

and every man should have some clear fingernail polish in his toolbox, it's a great substitute for locktite.

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Chiggers attach by inserting minute mouth parts into the skin, ususally in the wrinkles or folds of the skin. The chigger injects saliva into the victim which digests the skin. Your skin will react by forming a hard tube, which the chigger uses to suck up the tissue. That is what gets red and itches. The chigger doesn't attach to the skin the way ticks do.

Most chiggers will be scratched or rubbed off. Everyone has their own home remedies, but taking a bath with warm soapy water is all that is needed to remove them. If you don't have access to a bath, light rubbing will remove them.

Home remedies such as kerosene, bleach, etc. can be dangerous, and is unnecessary. Nail polish can't smother them, because the chigger doesn't attach to the skin.

There is nothing you can do to remove the tube that has formed. You have to wait until the body breaks it down and reabsorbs it. For relief of itching, use over-the-counter creams- benadryl, and/or local anesthetic creams. Scratching can cause infection.

Prevention is the best thing. Wear tight woven socks and long pants, spray with insecticide or dust with sulphur. Never wear the same clothes again unless washed. Take a warm, soapy bath after being in questionable areas.

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On a related subject, this was sent to me by atennisbabe. Neither of us know if it really works, but it might be worth trying. Maybe Arlene will give us her opinion, lol. :2funny:

Tick removal -

This is great because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes,

in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

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Tried it with a Lonestar tick on my arm. Did not work. Used tweezers.

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On a related subject, this was sent to me by atennisbabe. Neither of us know if it really works, but it might be worth trying. Maybe Arlene will give us her opinion, lol. :2funny:

Tick removal -

This is great because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes,

in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

It isn't my opinion. If someone wants to pour lemonade or whatever on their body because they think it will help, it's fine with me. I teach first aid too, and I am only retelling what the American Heart Association's tells us to teach. For ticks, the reccommended way to remove them is by tweezers, then wash with soap and water. There is actually a section in the First Aid book that states, "Do Not (in bold red letters)

use petroleum jelly, touch the tick with your bare hands, use fingernail polish, rubbing alcohol, a hot match, gasoline, or jerk the tick."

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The concern with using petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, etc, is that it will sicken the tick, causing it to regurgitate it's meal (and pathogens such as Lyme Disease) into the skin before letting go. If you Google "Tick Removal", almost every result that comes up warns NOT to use "folk remedies" such as this. Here's one from the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

As for chiggers, I just usually scratch and scratch until my skin looks like I fell off of a motorcycle wearing shorts and flip-flops! :blink:

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for ticks, I have a tick tool I got somewhere (academy I think). I just searched and it looks like a few companies make them under the name

tick key

tickedoff

ticktwister

here is one of them .. http://www.amazon.com/TickKey-Tick-Removal-Tool-RED/dp/B001HRLYQ4

Cant beat it.

I will still use fingernail polish for chiggers.

and what geocacher doesn't have an aveeno hydrocortisone tube or two? (I really do think it works better than generic hydrocortizone on itchies).

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Jeez, I don't know what works on chiggers. I've tried itch cream, spray, gel, chigger X, diluted bleach spray... all provide only temporary relief from the itchy, drive you crazy feeling.

Flying yesterday, I visited the restroom and was surprised to find that my bites were going away. I was so excited (due to the cabin pressure??)!! Then last evening, I began itching again, only to find out that it was no miracle to which I had experienced. After one whole week of living with the after affects of chiggers, I was/am still living in this itchy, scratchy, bumpy hell. ARGH!

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oh and I used fingernail poish last time. Not on this go-around.

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Final chigger count after visiting Village Creek State Park... wait for it... 53! I was liberally coated in bug spray too and wearing shorts. The area where I most likely got them was deep down the trail and my Bride stayed on the trail - GC2FBAD Troop 483 Eagle Sean.

I tried a new rememdy this time and it's messy, but appears to arrest the itch for a good solid 4 hours - olive oil and turmeric. It will stain skin and clothes, a sickly yellow. I have 26 on the inside of my left ankle and the rest are scattered between both ankle areas.

I guess my hiking socks blocked the repellent, as I didn't get any on my legs. I think the next time I go out, I'll rub vasoline on my lower legs and feet to create a barrier, then spray like before. Danged things itched so bad the second two nights, I was rubbing in ChiggerEx every hour until I tried the olive oil and turmeric. Slept terrible. Two applications of the concoction in 24 hours brought it under control. Last night I came in from work and scrubbed the areas real well and put one final application of ChiggerEx on and I'm good to go today.

To me, chiggers are the worst of the worst. Maybe I will get some sulfer and dust my socks and legs, as this is truly the only real deterrent.

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I think you should retire and work for as a bug spray tester as chiggers seem to really like you.

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Final chigger count after visiting Village Creek State Park... wait for it... 53! I was liberally coated in bug spray too and wearing shorts. The area where I most likely got them was deep down the trail and my Bride stayed on the trail - GC2FBAD Troop 483 Eagle Sean.

I tried a new rememdy this time and it's messy, but appears to arrest the itch for a good solid 4 hours - olive oil and turmeric. It will stain skin and clothes, a sickly yellow. I have 26 on the inside of my left ankle and the rest are scattered between both ankle areas.

I guess my hiking socks blocked the repellent, as I didn't get any on my legs. I think the next time I go out, I'll rub vasoline on my lower legs and feet to create a barrier, then spray like before. Danged things itched so bad the second two nights, I was rubbing in ChiggerEx every hour until I tried the olive oil and turmeric. Slept terrible. Two applications of the concoction in 24 hours brought it under control. Last night I came in from work and scrubbed the areas real well and put one final application of ChiggerEx on and I'm good to go today.

To me, chiggers are the worst of the worst. Maybe I will get some sulfer and dust my socks and legs, as this is truly the only real deterrent.

I think you should retire and work for as a bug spray tester as chiggers seem to really like you.

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I'm working on the first part, well, I guess it could be an extra source of income... but at what price? HELP!

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What I've been doing for the last couple of years as a preventive measure is to put my socks on. Spray my feet/socks. Then put my shoes on. Spray my shoes and pant legs up to the knee or higher. Last weekend I used the non-deet "safe for gear" stuff. I've decided I don't like deet and prefer it not on my skins as it makes my skin feel really hot. It's Thursday and no chiggers. I also think the stuff last longer and is more effective on clothing as I don't sweat it off my skin.

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Final chigger count after visiting Village Creek State Park... wait for it... 53! I was liberally coated in bug spray too and wearing shorts. The area where I most likely got them was deep down the trail and my Bride stayed on the trail - GC2FBAD Troop 483 Eagle Sean.

I tried a new rememdy this time and it's messy, but appears to arrest the itch for a good solid 4 hours - olive oil and turmeric. It will stain skin and clothes, a sickly yellow. I have 26 on the inside of my left ankle and the rest are scattered between both ankle areas.

I guess my hiking socks blocked the repellent, as I didn't get any on my legs. I think the next time I go out, I'll rub vasoline on my lower legs and feet to create a barrier, then spray like before. Danged things itched so bad the second two nights, I was rubbing in ChiggerEx every hour until I tried the olive oil and turmeric. Slept terrible. Two applications of the concoction in 24 hours brought it under control. Last night I came in from work and scrubbed the areas real well and put one final application of ChiggerEx on and I'm good to go today.

To me, chiggers are the worst of the worst. Maybe I will get some sulfer and dust my socks and legs, as this is truly the only real deterrent.

Village Creek State Park is the area where I got the *WORST* case of Chiggers ever.  I did scratch a few of them until they looked infected, I just can't help it!

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What I've been doing for the last couple of years as a preventive measure is to put my socks on. Spray my feet/socks. Then put my shoes on. Spray my shoes and pant legs up to the knee or higher. Last weekend I used the non-deet "safe for gear" stuff. I've decided I don't like deet and prefer it not on my skins as it makes my skin feel really hot. It's Thursday and no chiggers. I also think the stuff last longer and is more effective on clothing as I don't sweat it off my skin.

Good information, I think I will do that.

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I think the chiggers are worse this year than I can remember as well.  BB and I have had our chigger convo on the snake thread...  powerdog02 and I are covered right now after camping in Martin Dies Jr. State Park over Memorial Day weekend with scouts.  I WAS fully covered in deep woods off, with tight socks over my ankles and while I was hiking for caches, I was wearing long pants.  Still got them.  And ticks, which I removed with my fingers before I realized what they were (and after... I was camping and never had ticks out there before in the winter). 

 

So, since I couldn't find chiggerrid at any of the drugstores and I didn't go to Wal-Mart (now I need to go there), I did the clear nail polish thing, LOTS of cortisone cream and benedryl when it was too bad.  This was powerdog02's first real experience with chiggers and that 10 yr old is not good at not scratching.  poor guy has bites under his shorts. 

 

My mom mentioned the bleach and water thing.  My physical therapist was looking up remedies on Tuesday when I was in for my shoulder.  She found something about a Burrow's solution in an older medical book they had there.  No idea what that is yet and haven't looked it up.

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