If you’re suffering from the annoying itch of chigger bites, here is an effective chigger bite treatment recommended by health care professionals. Chigger bites should be treated like other bites and stings.
Chiggers are the larvae of a certain type of mite. They are not insects but arachnids, like spiders and ticks. Chiggers live in woods, grassy fields, parks and gardens, and moist areas around rivers and lakes. They are tiny pests, usually invisible to the naked eye.
Chiggers first appear as a tiny red bump on the skin, followed by intense itching–and finally, by a hard red welt that itches for days. The welt can turn into a painful lesion than may last for two weeks. Here’s what you need to know to treat chigger bites.
Items Needed For Chigger Bite Treatment:
- Warm water and soap
- Cold pack or ice wrap
- Hydrocortisone cream or lotion
- Antihistamine medication
- Topical antiseptic
Recommended Chigger Bite Treatment:
- Bathe in warm, soapy water. Take a warm, soapy bath immediately after exposure to chigger-infested areas. Soap and warm water will remove chiggers that are roaming on your skin, as well as those that are already attached and feeding.
- Apply a cold pack or ice wrap. To reduce the pain and swelling of chigger bites, apply a cold pack or ice wrap to the affected area. If you don’t have a cold pack or ice wrap, use a dish towel or wash cloth filled with ice. You can even use a bag of frozen vegetables, like peas, to reduce the pain and swelling caused by chigger bites.
- Apply a hydrocortisone cream. To relieve the itching associated with chigger bites, apply a hydrocortisone cream or lotion to the affected area of skin. Calamine lotion and baking soda paste are both effective. Apply the cream or paste several times a day, or until your symptoms subside.
- Take an antihistamine pill. An antihistamine pill, allergy medication, or cold remedy can also be used to treat chigger bites. Antihistamine pills are sometimes effective in relieving chigger bite symptoms.
- Apply a topical antiseptic. Chronic or deep scratching can further irritate the skin, causing a secondary infection that is worse than the chigger bite. If you must scratch, disinfect your skin with a topical antiseptic, such as rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
- Avoid home remedies. Popular home remedies for chigger bites do more harm than good. They are based on the misconception that chiggers burrow into the skin and remain there. Avoid using home remedies like nail polish, alcohol, and bleach to treat a chigger bite.