Patient Comments: Chiggers - Symptoms and Signs

What were the symptoms and signs of your chigger bites?

Comment from: Shnna T, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I am in agony right now. Yesterday, my son and I decided to go on nature hike. We live in the north Georgia mountains. Never in my life have I ever had a chigger bite. I doused myself with Off before we left for our journey. When I got home, I started itching like something fierce. When I stripped down, my legs had spot all over them in patches, especially around my hips and the creases of my knees. It looks like mosquito bites. I tried witch hazel and Neosporin with no relief. My legs are clawed up from all of the scratching.

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Comment from: Martha, 75 or over Female Published: July 31

I have a fever when I have lots of chigger bites. My doctor had me get nit and lice treatment and put on the bites wait 15 min then shower. I tried hydrogen peroxide and it helped some. I am highly allergic to them.

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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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