Patient Comments: Chiggers - Treatment

What treatment has been effective for your chigger bites?

Comment from: bob, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My dad always treated my chigger bites with grease and salt. Dip finger in grease (food grease, not car grease!) then dip in salt and rub it in. Just got a bunch of chiggers and tried it. The ones I rubbed with salt have not itched again.

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Comment from: Asprin Relief, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I did not realize what I had until looked up the photos online and saw what chigger bites grow into. A quick search suggested crumbling an aspirin and making a paste with water. I applied this aspirin concoction to the itchy mini boils the chiggers were creating on my skin, and found relief. I may try to tape over the drying powder and hold it in place while I sleep.

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Comment from: Scooter, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 28

I'm currently using extra strength Benadryl spray which seems to take the itch of chigger bite away. It feels like a spray glue, kind of sticky and my shirt sticks to it, but it is inexpensive and easy to apply by yourself. I also use my invisible solid antiperspirant. Mine is Secret. It takes the itch out right away and lasts all night. This seems to actually work better than the spray but I use both, alternately.

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Comment from: luke, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have been attacked by these critters many times. Since the bite is essentially a very small acid burn, I find that a mixture of tea tree oil and baking soda, rubbed into the bite will provide long term relief.

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Comment from: Tessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have very fair skin and when I got chigger bites I went to my family doctor and she wrote me out a prescription. I went to the pharmacist and he was out of that particular treatment. He said go buy a cheap bottle of clear fingernail polish and paint over each bite and boom they were all gone in 2 days and so was the itching.

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Comment from: Dick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

Years ago we went and camped in an area in small cabins and got chiggers and the older lady we knew told us to mix ammonia and alcohol or bleach and rub with it wherever the bites were and it worked well! I took a bottle and mixed ammonia and alcohol and it did a good job! So whenever I have an itch the ammonia and alcohol mix is what I use!

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Comment from: Jackie, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 20

I used Clorox for chigger bites; take a cotton ball, dip a little Clorox and apply to the area. Very effective!

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Comment from: brad, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I have tried just about everything. I usually get them once a year from working outside and in the woods. The best way that I have found is a two part step. First step is to take a hot bath with rubbing alcohol {just a cap full}. Next, after bath is over and you are dried off, then apply clear finger nail polish to the bitten areas. You will need to repeat the steps for about two to three days.

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Comment from: Mack1, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

My father told me this remedy for chigger bites when I was a child, and it works every time (I'm 72 now). Fill a bath tub with about an inch of warm water and using a rough dish washing pad or a wash cloth, rub table salt into the affected areas as hard as you can stand it. Dry yourself off gently and let the salt dry on the affected area. I am not sure if it is the salt or the Iodine in the salt (or both) that makes it work so well. I used non-iodized salt two days ago on some bites and it did not work as well. It may be due to just more chigger bites as I have been doing a lot of yard and garden work all week.

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