Patient Comments: Chiggers - Symptoms and Signs

What were the symptoms and signs of your chigger bites?

Comment from: Barbara, Female Published: July 10

My favorite treatment? NOXEMA! Though it helps with the itching, the bites still end up looking like weird cigarette burns.

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Comment from: ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

After years of suffering with chigger bites, someone told me a simple treatment - one you always have with you. Spit on your finger and rub the bite area. When itching returns, repeat. Avoid scratching. I had tried everything on the market and would still have welts that took 3 or more weeks to heal. Now my bites heal in days.

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Comment from: dressKR, 35-44 Female Published: June 18

I was bitten by chiggers on a trip to the beach. I have never felt such intense itching before in my entire life. I couldn't sleep at night and everything I tried to do I was interrupted by all the intense itching. I tried every over-the-counter treatment possible including topical hydrocortisone and other anti-itch creams. I would wake up at night crying because I could not get any relief.

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Comment from: wewlicu48, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had chigger bites from cutting down some brush. So what I did was soak in Bleach water for about 15 minutes and it does stop the itching for hours.

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Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Female Published: May 29

I wore long pants, socks, shoes, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and a hat. Only my face and neck were uncovered (no bites there). I still got approximately 50 bites, from my armpits to my feet. My groin area is especially affected. I am on day 3, and the itching is unbearable. Caladryl clear lotion works quickly, but needs to be applied often. I used poison ivy soap to make a paste after taking an oatmeal bath and things are calm for the moment. I've been taking Benadryl at night.

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Comment from: thundergroundranch, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

More than 25 years ago, my child's pediatrician gave us a prescription for Eurax after it was determined that Benadryl and corticosteroids didn't help us much. It usually eliminated the itching in one application; sometimes it took two. We have used it ever since – even though it is sometimes hard to get the prescription filled. I have had many grateful friends buy me lunch after they learned about it from me.

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Comment from: StokedLove, 25-34 Female Published: May 20

Because my hubby and I just went through this bug battle (and it is a battle/war – to say the least), that besides bathing, vacuuming, and regularly cleaning your house and/or pets: permethrin. It kills on contact – end of story. Get your nightmare over with, ASAP. If you continue to suffer, you will be the only one to blame for not using this.

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Comment from: MAH60, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

After a Saturday night camping trip, Sunday morning I woke up with a rash all over my face, arms, back of my hands and lower legs; I thought they were mosquito bites. By Monday morning I was miserable. I went to the doctor and he gave me a steroid shot, a pill to take for five days that kills internal parasites and a prescription strength cortisone creme. The itching is not as intense and the small bumpy rash is slowly healing. It is a long process, but each day is a little better.

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Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

For a week I thought I was the victim of bed bug bites because I had the classic three bites in a row. Then after a day or so, the bites started to crisscross and I had numerous bites on my left leg and right arm. After much investigation, there was absolutely no indication of bed bugs, however, I was camping out at a lakeside cabin for a week in NC, which may have been a wonderful breeding ground for chiggers. After another week, the itching was so intense, even Benadryl didn't do the trick. Big red welts began to develop at the site of the bites. I am now on week three of intense itching (mostly at night) and ugly red welts with no sign of dissipating. I have applied Witch Hazel, Calamine lotion, and antibiotic ointment. I soaked in the Atlantic Ocean for two days and a highly-chlorinated swimming pool for another two days. I found temporary relief from the itching, but like a bad dream, it returns nightly. Starting today, I started having a bad headache and a low grade fever. I am not sure these symptoms are related to the chigger bites, but you never know.

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