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Thread: Went to the wood to gather rock *******Guess what I got?

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    Junior Member DJRustic's Avatar
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    CHIGGERS!!!! Oh my gosh I am about to itch to death. I have them all over my legs & now they are going to my hind end & to my ....... I never even tinkled in the woods.
    My hubbie was with me & he has NOTHING!!!. They all got on me. I am so ticked. We were gathering flat rock at my daughters farm & I never even gave those darn things a thought. We weren't in high weeds.
    I have been putting bleach on them. It helps for a little while then they start to itch again. Some one told me to use clear fingernail polish on them. Heck, I would have to have quite a few bottles. I would need a paint brush to paint all that I have.
    Now I am getting them on my stomach.
    When will it end. Hope I can sleep tonight. Neighbor told me to take benedrill for the itching. We live out in the country & would have to make a special trip to town, I have to go to town in morn so think I will get some.
    Has anyone else had them & what did you do to get rid of them?
    Help!!!!! Donna, The Rustic Quilter

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    I've taken a bath in baking soda before when I had a lot of bites. The Benedryl will help.

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    I am blessed to never get chiggers, but mosquitoes love me.

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    Swan's Anti-itch lotion works well with my family. You can get it just about anywhere.

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    I never heard of chiggers, what are they??

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    Hubster got them once. You can get an ointment called chigger-ex. It works. Even works on yellow fly or fire ant bites. Good luck!! At least his never migrated over his body!

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    Chiggerex works great..

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    I had a pup that had them once...vet gave him a cortizone shot...

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    http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=232

    Here are 6 pages of home remidies, I am sure you have some of these thing at home without a trip to town.

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    OMG - I'm sorry you have them. I have taken Benedryl for itching before. Hope you get some relief soon!!

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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.

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    http://www.medicinenet.com/chiggers_bites/article.htm

    Might check this out for research purposes.

    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    I never heard of chiggers, what are they??

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    You have to kill the insects first. They will travel up your body until they like a spot, then dig in, literally. As long as they are alive they will bite and their saliva will make you itch. If they bite deeply the bite has to heal and will itch while it heals and some people react to the bite by intense itching. Other people itch a little while and quit.
    If you are getting new bites, the insects are still alive and traveling. A magnifying glass will show them as little red dots. You have to kill them or you will stay their host.
    Camphor is a good choice to kill them and stop the itch. the fingernail polish will kill them by preventing them from breathing. Good luck. Usually insect repellant will prevent them from getting on you, something like Deep Woods Off with Deet. Normally they are found on tall grass and get on your ankles and socks or jeans and travel where ever they can. They live a pretty long time considering, and they seem to be pretty hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    I never heard of chiggers, what are they??
    I don't know what they are either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    I never heard of chiggers, what are they??
    In Florida, they are called redbugs...same as chiggers.

    Put Kerosene on them. Will kill them and the itch instantly and doesn't burn. Been there, done that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Quote Originally Posted by slk350
    I never heard of chiggers, what are they??
    I don't know what they are either.
    And I thought it was just me. I'm going to google the now.

    I'm back. Found em. They're a mite/tick. We don't get em over here, but I'm sure if we did I'd be the one they migrated to every time!!
    They don't sound pleasant. I think I'd be trying to get hold of some anesthetic(numbing) cream or spray to help with the itching.

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    I have had chigger bites and it can be miserable.. I was in the woods with my husband and grandson who was only 2 yrs at the time, I had let him down to walk and then I carried him quite often too. My DH and grandson never got a chigger but I was loaded to the max with them, had them on my legs, bottom, stomach, chest, under my arms.. I was in total misery.. the only thing I had on hand at the time since we were traveling was hair spray.. I sprayed my self down and that did give some releif. The following day I got some chigger-ex that stuff is good and gave me some releif too.. Boy I sure feel for you I know what your going thru. Hope you get rid of them soon and are able to get some releif soon.

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    Gee, me too! Never heard of them...WOW..I wonder if they are in areas with warm climate all yr round?

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    The finger nail polish smothers the chigger. Chigger-rid and chiggerex are amonia so if you have some amonia you could save yourself a trip to town. THe hotter you get the more they will itch, so try to stay cool. Seeing how they are in some fairly hot places your honey may enjoy seeing you try to keep that area cool...LOL!

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    Kerosene definitely works. Then scrub down with plenty of soap. Dawn blue works well to get off the kerosene oil.

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    Leatheflea, you are too funny. Loved your comment. Guess I will go get in a tub of ice water to cool down. He asked me last night if I wanted him to go get the wire brush. Ouch!!!!!
    Made it thru the night, of course itching. Gotta go to town this morn so I will pick up some of that chigger-x stuff at the farm store.
    Seema like they multiplied last night. They are worse then rabbits. I have bumps everywhere.

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    To kill chiggers and seed ticks we use Rid Shampoo like a body wash. To relieve the itch a little ammonia works great. If you want to spend more you can buy products like after bite, then you get the ammonia in a fancy container.

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    Yuck! I got several bites one year picking blackberries and now I wear pants and tuck them into my socks if I'm going near the blackberries!! ItchX really helped, but those bites itch for days!! I'd say the trip for benadryl may be worthwhile!

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    Cover each bite bump with clear fingernail polish. Stops the itch and reduces the swelling. We each have our own bottle!! :)

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    I fell for you, I've had them. Used red finger nail polish on them, that's all I had, until I got to the drugstore next morning. I dug the blood out of my legs that night. Barb

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