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Old 05-23-2011, 12:36 AM   #1
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I think I got my first dose of chiggers. I applied nail polish remover. Snuffs the boogering itch out.
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Another reason I like New Mexico & the Southwest, no chiggers.
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Alcohol and sand, they get drunk and throw rocks at each other.
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Oh gawd, I had no idea of this chigger remedy!

I learned about chiggers the accidental way. Somehow we didn't have these in southwest PA where I grew up. I went hiking in the new jersey pine barrens many summers ago with my husband, and it's possible we got a little busy in off the trail, and try explaining THAT pattern of chigger bites to your doc.
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You could make a mosquito control kit that ought to work just fine on chiggers. You need a block of wood and a mallet. Get the chiggers on the block and give 'em a whack with the mallet. Hard psrt is getting them on the block. Wonder how hydrogen peroxide would work on the itch. We use it on ticks and they back right out. Hydrocortisone and/or Preparation H ought to help with the itch.
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If you camp in SW PA, you should know that you DO have them. My hobby is genealogy, and my ancestors are from SW PA. I was hiking in a cemetery a couple of years ago and spent the rest of the vacation scratching chigger bites. Nail polish did not help. I got a little relief from stuff at Walgreens but not much.

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That's weird because I swear to you I spent my childhood roaming around the woods on foot with no special bug protection, and my teenagehood roaming around the woods on horseback, with a LOT of contact with weeds and grass and stuff. There were ticks but no chiggers. I'd never even heard of these things till they attacked me in new jersey. Anyway, I am acutely aware of them now. I got chawed so badly and had such a serious histamine reaction that it required a massive dose of steriods and antibiotics. Mess.
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In Iowa we remove any leg hair in a small strip down the middle then squirt liter fluid on each side where the hair is, lite it on fire then stab them with an ice pick when they run to the shaved patch.
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clove oil is the very best for chigger itch ,and attacks
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Chiggers love Belly Buttons, especially the innies.
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This is from the web:

What is the treatment for chigger bites?

Many home remedies for chigger bites are based upon the incorrect belief that chiggers burrow into and remain in the skin. Nail polish, alcohol, and bleach have been applied to the bites to attempt to "suffocate" or kill the chiggers. But because the chiggers are not present in the skin, these methods are not effective.

Treatment for chigger bites is directed toward relieving the itching and inflammation. Calamine lotion and corticosteroid creams may be used to control itching. Oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), may also be used for symptom relief.
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All about chiggers:
Chiggers (Bites) Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment by MedicineNet.com

Treatment:
Chiggers Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - What are the symptoms of chigger bites on MedicineNet

All mosquito repellents (such as DEET), applied to skin and clothing, are effective at repelling chiggers.
Chiggers Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - How can chigger bites be prevented on MedicineNet

All about ticks:
Ticks: Bite Symptoms, Prevention, Tick Removal and Treatment of Tick-Related Illness by MedicineNet.com

Treatment and Removal of Ticks:
Ticks Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - How is a tick bite treated on MedicineNet

Lyme Disease
American Lyme Disease Foundation


Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (tick-borne typhus fever)

I assume everyone knows not to use heat (cigarette, etc.) to remove ticks. It makes them vomit into ones blood stream just before them come off.
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I have lived in South Jersey for all of my 56 years and would not know chigger if it bit me on butt.
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What is the treatment for chigger bites?

Many home remedies for chigger bites are based upon the incorrect belief that chiggers burrow into and remain in the skin. Nail polish, alcohol, and bleach have been applied to the bites to attempt to "suffocate" or kill the chiggers. But because the chiggers are not present in the skin, these methods are not effective.

Treatment for chigger bites is directed toward relieving the itching and inflammation. Calamine lotion and corticosteroid creams may be used to control itching. Oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), may also be used for symptom relief.
Growing up in the Deep Piney Woods of East Texas....mother use to make us take a bath in pine oil when we came in from the woods.Killed all kinds of bugs,then after the bath ..if you had any itches you always use only Calamine lotion.

Not sure what was worse the bath or the pink spots.....lucky me I never had to have the pink spots,but my brothers and male cousins did,they hated it.

Happy Camping....Lynn
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