Chiggers

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  1. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    What does everyone use to stop the itch of chigger (spelling may not be correct) bites . Went to a county lake the other night and those were the only bites I got , must be a hundred of them .
    Thankyou
    Brian
     
  2. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    We use to put clear finfernail polish on them when I was a kid. Don't remember if it worked.
     

  3. Hootowlc3

    Hootowlc3 New Member

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    It is nice to have your girlfriend/wife to remove them.
     
  4. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    I put a cap full of liquid lysol in the bath tube when i get home and soak in it for a while. Helps out a lot
     
  5. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    I Do everything I can to not get them in the first place! I have had them real bad in the past, Never could find a way to relieve the itch except for maybe a couple Benadryl.
     
  6. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    anti-itch cream and patients. you may try rubbing alcohol first and then covering the area in anti-itch cream. it will help but not cure. also wash everything in hot water and strong detergent (bedding and clothing) vaccum your couch and the inside of your car/truck.
     
  7. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    That's all I ever use. It suffocates the chiggers that bury themselves in your skin. But, they'll dissolve away after they're dead. As mortifyin' as that sounds, when I'm itchin' I don't really care:big_smile:.

    -Red
     
  8. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    fingernail polish will kill them, it clogs the hole where they entered, and they die...works every time.
     
  9. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Bites

    Chigger larvae do not burrow into the skin, nor suck blood. They pierce the skin and inject into the host a salivary secretion containing powerful, digestive enzymes that break down skin cells that are ingested (tissues become liquefied and sucked up). Also, this digestive fluid causes surrounding tissues to harden, forming a straw-like feeding tube of hardened flesh (stylostome) from which further, partially-digested skin cells may be sucked out. After a larva is fully fed in four days, it drops from the host, leaving a red welt with a white, hard central area on the skin that itches severely and may later develop into dermatitis. Any welts, swelling, itching, or fever will usually develop three to six hours after exposure and may continue a week or longer. If nothing is done to relieve itching, symptoms may continue a week or more. Scratching a bite may break the skin, resulting in secondary infections. However, chiggers are not known to transmit any disease in this country.
    Control Measures

    Skin Care

    After returning from a chigger-infested area, launder the field clothes in soapy, hot water (125°F.) for about half an hour. Infested clothes should not be worn again until they are properly laundered and/or exposed to hot sunshine. Unlaundered clothes or those laundered in cool water will contain the biting chiggers to again reinfest your skin. As soon as possible, take a good hot bath or shower and soap repeatedly. The chiggers may be dislodged, but you will still have the stylostomes, causing the severe itch. Scratching deep to remove stylostomes can cause secondary infections. For temporary relief of itching, apply ointments of benzocaine, hydrocortisone, calamine lotion, New Skin, After Bite, or others recommended by your pharmacist or medical doctor. Some use Vaseline, cold cream, baby oil, or fingernail polish. (The sooner the treatment, the better the results.)
     
  10. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    Nail polish does work, I think it kills the chigger that is burrowed in your skin or something and it eventually scabs over.
     
  11. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Good info brother, thanks for sharing. Informative post, Rep points for that one.
     
  12. Gabowman

    Gabowman Member

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    Chiggerid does like clear fingernail polish. But I'd worry more about keeping them off me in the first place. Any time in weeds I'll make sure I spray my shoes, socks, and britches legs before hand.
     
  13. Gabowman

    Gabowman Member

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    Spend a day at the lake and STAY in the water. Seems to help some. When youre not in the water find air conditioning and stay cool.
     
  14. cnwamw

    cnwamw New Member

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    nail polish works well makes then itch like hell for an hour two though
     
  15. catfishrus

    catfishrus New Member

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    everytime i get in them well i only get them on one leg....lol. naw i been eat up with them several times and when this happens well you get the best cure there is "DONT GO BACK". the ones on the back of your knee or ankle is the ones that bother me. i always use fingernail polish on mine. they stop ictching when you make them bleed a little then put the fingernail polish on. then they start burning like haydees.
     
  16. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    I used to find a source of sulfur, tablespoon of powdered, drink sulfur water, anything that gets sulfur into your system and they won't bite.:big_smile:
    of course it has a tendency to make your persperation kinda intense:crazy:
     
  17. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    it burns because you are giving yourself a mild chemical burn on top of raw exsposed flesh.
     
  18. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    The worst chigger bites are the ones you get on your groin.theres nothing worse then a itch you cant scratch in public lol.
     
  19. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    First, I spray all over with Repel,or Deep Woods Off,and then I come home and take as hot a shower with lots of soap. If I still have them, I use rubbing alchol. It burns pretty bad but it works:big_smile_2:
     
  20. doughboy

    doughboy New Member

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    I use the clear fingernail polish best thing I have found