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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:00 AM
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Chiggers!!!

Anyone have a "never-fail" home remedy for chigger bites?

These fawking things are driving me CRAZY!!!

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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Just lovely things arent they?
Try using some clear nail polish to brush over the marks. IIRC
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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Nail polish is the recommended remedy...
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:20 AM
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I spent a summer in TN when I was young and got into a some. I was told to drink a jar of pickle juice and that got rid of them.

Not sure why or how but it seemed to work

Oh and we do not have them in Colorado as far as I know so where did you manage to get them?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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Maybe an old wive's tale, but I used the carbon residue from spent matches and that seemed to help. Just strike the match, let it burn for a few seconds, blow it out, then rub the charred part on the affected area. Works best with wood matches.

And nail polish or "second skin" works too.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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If you really have a bad case, then soaking in a bath of epsom salts can help with the itch. I got them playing golf once and they crawled up my legs and found refuge in my nether regions. Bastards, what bug would bite your taint!!! It was miserable beyond words and epsom salts and one good daily scratching was all that would bring relief. No matter what you do plan on ten days of itching before they go away.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:43 AM
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Chiggers don't just bite and leave. They burrow and stay until their business is done. (whatever the heck that business is ... I don't know.

Coating the bite with Nail polish serves to suffocate them.

When we were kids, we would get into them, and my Dad would run us a bath with a half cup of ammonia in it and make us soak. Claims it kills the buggers. He would coat the bites with nail polish after the soaking. It did seem to help.

And by the way ... we still got them here in Tennessee!!

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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:46 AM
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I spent a summer in TN when I was young and got into a some. I was told to drink a jar of pickle juice and that got rid of them.

Not sure why or how but it seemed to work

Oh and we do not have them in Colorado as far as I know so where did you manage to get them?
I got them down on the Purgatoire River in S.E. Colorado. I've picked them up there before, but never so bad. Then, I brought them home and gave them to my Gal, too. Oh, I feel sorry for her. I have maybe 100 bites, she is covered with them. (It's been a couple of weeks now.)

I've tried nail polish and second skin. They both are good for a while, but I end up scratching that stuff off as well. I've also double dosed myself with Frontline for dogs, hair-lice killer, and a couple of guaranteed remedies off the internet. Now I'm all in, and I've taken to slathering myself with any liquid, cream, salve, food product I can get my hands on.

I actually like the taste of pickle juice! I'll sure give that a try! As well as any and all other methods folks would like to mention.

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The whole burrow concept is incorrect...

"Chigger larvae do not burrow into the skin, nor suck blood. They pierce the skin and inject into the host a salivary secretion containing powerful, digestive enzymes that break down skin cells that are ingested (tissues become liquefied and sucked up). Also, this digestive fluid causes surrounding tissues to harden, forming a straw-like feeding tube of hardened flesh (stylostome) from which further, partially-digested skin cells may be sucked out. After a larva is fully fed in four days, it drops from the host, leaving a red welt with a white, hard central area on the skin that itches severely and may later develop into dermatitis. Any welts, swelling, itching, or fever will usually develop three to six hours after exposure and may continue a week or longer. If nothing is done to relieve itching, symptoms may continue a week or more. Scratching a bite may break the skin, resulting in secondary infections. However, chiggers are not known to transmit any disease in this country. "
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Man this is some Crazy "Sh*&T", nothing like that in Florida...
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Yeah you do.. they are called Alligators
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The whole burrow concept is incorrect...

"Chigger larvae do not burrow into the skin, nor suck blood. They pierce the skin and inject into the host a salivary secretion containing powerful, digestive enzymes that break down skin cells that are ingested (tissues become liquefied and sucked up). Also, this digestive fluid causes surrounding tissues to harden, forming a straw-like feeding tube of hardened flesh (stylostome) from which further, partially-digested skin cells may be sucked out. After a larva is fully fed in four days, it drops from the host, leaving a red welt with a white, hard central area on the skin that itches severely and may later develop into dermatitis. Any welts, swelling, itching, or fever will usually develop three to six hours after exposure and may continue a week or longer. If nothing is done to relieve itching, symptoms may continue a week or more. Scratching a bite may break the skin, resulting in secondary infections. However, chiggers are not known to transmit any disease in this country. "
I stand corrected! Perhaps that was just a scare tactic my dad used to get us to slather in bug spray.
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If you really have a bad case, then soaking in a bath of epsom salts can help with the itch. I got them playing golf once and they crawled up my legs and found refuge in my nether regions. Bastards, what bug would bite your taint!!! It was miserable beyond words and epsom salts and one good daily scratching was all that would bring relief. No matter what you do plan on ten days of itching before they go away.
I thought tain was a word for the ladies?

Was told by a east coaster the dishwashing soap is good to ward off ticks. Maybe it helps with chiggers as well?
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I don't care what you call it, it is no place for bugs to bite!
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Tom I am pretty sure you have them in FLA also. maybe not at the beach, where you are, but certainly inland. just lucky you have not had the pleasure of meeting any.
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you maybe right Todd,

sea lice is about the closest I've come...
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You can also try mixing baking soda with water into a toothpaste like cream. It will help calm down the irritation.
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Man this is some Crazy "Sh*&T", nothing like that in Florida...
No you have fire ants. I don't need to feel them again......OWWW

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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:11 PM
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Florida has chiggers - at least the northern section of the state.

As a former surveyor I'm very familiar with the little critters - and the best way to deal with chiggers is to avoid getting bit in the first place. Long pants (even in the hot summers) liberally soaked in the bug juice du jour will slow the little suckers down. Nail polish for the ones that get through the first line of defence.

A friend of mine was working at another job site down near Savannah in the seventies - they had a crew come down from New Jersey and these guys were stripped down to shorts and bandanas while all the "local" boys were covered from head to toe. The Jersey boys thought the locals were nuts - for the first few days - then they started asking questions like "what the hell are these little red things?" They had a very miserable two weeks ......
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Yeah you do.. they are called Alligators
And pythons.
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