Patient Comments: Chiggers - Treatment

What treatment has been effective for your chigger bites?

Comment from: bliss, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

The best product I have found for the relief of chigger bites is Chiggerex Plus! It's an OTC medicated ointment containing 5% benzocaine, aloe, chamomile, and several natural oils.

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Published: September 25

After taking a walk with a friend in the Southeastern Virginia woods, I woke up in the middle of the night itching terribly. I am covered with chigger bites. It's been 6 days now. Benadryl helps and also hot showers and something I picked up from the pharmacy, an OTC solution called "Chigarid". That helps. If I've been scratching too much the Chigarid will burn but it does give relief. I have close to two hundred bites, mostly on my thighs, ankles and crotch areas. I have a few bites in the armpit area. A friend gave my a Chinese herbal that's used to treat poison ivy and it has been helpful. It is called "Hua She Jie Yang Wan". My friend did not get bit; and he was wearing shorts!

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

After reading a few remedies regarding vinegar, I remembered another Caribbean trick for alleviating jelly fish stings. It sounds a little crazy, but I basically coated my feet - the affected area - in Windex, and the itching almost immediately stopped. Instead of wiping it off, I put on slipper socks to heat them up. Next time, I'll remember the bug spray.

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Published: September 25

I had four little bites right where the waistband of my jean skirt met my waist and after three days of horrible itching from such little bites my cousin said they looked like chigger bites and that I should put nail polish on it. I had been using OTC cortisone cream, neosporin, taken a benadryl, a bath in epsom salt all within the last three days and nothing was making the itch go away. I decided to give the nail polish a try, worked excellent. The blisters are gone and they don't itch at all after only an hour or so after trying it.

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Comment from: teezerisme, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I do not agree that nail polish is not an effective treatment. I have had chigger bites on my legs for 3 weeks now. I did not realize they were chigger bites (I thought they were mosquito or bed bug bites) so I left them alone and cleaned my apartment, bedding, and clothing multiple times with no different results. Each morning I would wake up with another bite. When a friend suggested it might be chigger bites I cover all off my spots with nail polish. The next morning I have 10 new red bumps (where the chiggers all shifted to). I covered those and the surrounding tissue in nail polish. The itching stopped that day and I have had no more bites. Nail polish works!

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Comment from: btoussa, 45-54 Female Published: July 27

My feet had many chigger bites, and I soaked them in Epsom salts. The Epsom salts help to remove the toxins and speed the healing. Tea tree oil also is a great natural remedy to help itching and swelling. Benadryl and ibuprofen help reduce the inflammation. I had a really tough attack. Now, it's almost two weeks later and they are still healing.

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Comment from: wrangler, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have been incredibly itchy for several weeks and used hydrocortisone ointment and a prescription for poison oak, thinking it was a rash or allergy of some kind. A local pharmacist told me to look up chigger bites. After reading several remedies, I grabbed the first remedy available, which was Windex. I just sprayed the entire area of my right shoulder, and upper back that had been responding minimally to the above ointments. The Windex just took the heat and the itch away. I am amazed! Thrilled! Relieved for now! Astounding! Relief was immediate. My skin hasn't felt this normal in weeks.

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Comment from: HUNTER, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

Apply ice as soon as possible, and continue first thing in morning and before bed. Immediately stops the itching and reduces the swelling to almost nothing. The 5% steroid creams (cortisone) have helped in between. I have been bitten many times thru the years; and none of the other numerous remedies has done anything.

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