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How to Treat Chigger Bites

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7. Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Aloe vera contains excellent anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Its vitamin E content helps keep the skin moisturized, which in turn reduces itching.

  • Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times daily.
  • Another option is to mix a few drops each of peppermint oil and olive oil in ½ cup of fresh aloe vera gel. Apply this mixture on the affected area. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

8. Olive Oil

olive oil


Olive oil can also be used to get respite from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants that reduce itching and facilitate healing.

How to Treat Chigger Bites was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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9 thoughts on “How to Treat Chigger Bites”

  1. Another remedy that I have personally used is to coat the entry points with clear nail polish. This shuts off their air supply and they die. The body then absorbs them, which is what happens with all the other remedies listed in this article.

    1. People, do not paint nail polish on your skin. This is an old wives tale. The chigger falls off of you once it is done feeding. The intense itching is caused by the feeder tube that is left behind. Chiggers do not burrow under your skin, they simply insert a feeder tube, eat a few cells, and fall off to go on to the next stage in their life. The very best way to treat these things is prevention. You can see and feel them if you are aware. Always check yourself after you leave a wooded area just like you would for ticks. They will start low and begin making the journey up your legs to find a nice place to feed. Getting them off you is not easy but you can get the majority of them if you are quick about it. Get some duct tape, wrap it inside out around your hand and begin tapping the areas where they are at. A lint roller works too but duct tape is stickier. You might rip some hair out but it’s worth it in the long run. Check your clothing as well, if you see them swarming, get out of those clothes immediately. Take a shower and scrub those suckers off, this should minimize the bites. I’ve had hundreds of them on me at once and used these techniques to substantially lower the amount of bites. Good luck! These remedies are the same remedies you would use to treat any bite, or otherwise, that is itchy, as well as inflammation and swelling.

  2. when my kids were little and had gotten red bugs i put them in the bathtub with salt and water mixed the salt and water good and if i remember right the red bugs came off i had 4 kids that liked to play outside so this worked for me

  3. when my kids got in to redbugs i i fixed warm water and salt in the bathtub they got in and the redbugs got off them dont know why it worked but it did my three boys spent almost al day out side

  4. I also have found clear nail polish to be a big help when fighting chigger bite itching. You may have to reapply it when it peels off in a day or two.

  5. Well, with chigger bites burning like fire yesterday. I was willing to try anything. I tried several remedies and here is what I found.
    Aloe was a quick relief, but only for a very short time. I found using the Vicks vapor rub with salt in it to give me relief overnight.
    My findings was that it was the salt more so than the vapor rub. I first tried baking soda, but table salt was much better.

  6. Backention is the key. Dust your legs with Flowers of Sulfur. Put the sulfur in an old sock and dust your legs. Tuck your pant legs into your socks and dust again. Works great.

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