What is the treatment for chigger bites?

Many home remedies for chigger bites are based upon the incorrect belief that chiggers burrow into and remain in the skin. Nail polish, alcohol, and bleach have been applied to the bites to attempt to get rid of the chiggers by "suffocating" or killing the chiggers. But because the chiggers are not present in the skin, these methods are not effective. Home remedies to help relieve the itching associated with chigger bites may help some people. These can include

  • Taking a cool shower or applying cool compresses
  • Sitting in a cool bath
  • Using bath products that contain colloidal oatmeal
  • Using certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications

OTC medicine for chigger bites

Treatment for chigger bites is directed toward relieving the itching and inflammation. Calamine lotion and corticosteroid creams may be used to control itching. Oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), may also be used for symptom relief. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 6/30/2015
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