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How to Treat Chigger Bites

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9. Chamomile

chamomile tea

Chamomile is another useful remedy for a chigger bite. Its anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin, relieve itching, reduce inflammation and promote healing.

  • Make 2 cups of chamomile tea and allow it to cool in the refrigerator. Soak a washcloth in this cool tea, then place it on the affected area. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Do this a couple of times a day for a few days.
  • Alternatively, add 4 or 5 drops of chamomile essential oil to 1 tablespoon of coconut or castor oil. Apply it on the affected area a few times daily, until you get relief from itching and rashes.

10. Indian Lilac

neem tree


Indian lilac, also known as neem, can also help get rid of the discomforts associated with chigger bites. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties help reduce itching and inflammation. It even reduces the risk of an infection.

  • Simmer a handful of neem leaves in 2 to 3 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain the solution and allow it to cool. Use this water to wash the affected area, a couple of times daily for a few days.
  • You can also apply a neem-based cream or lotion on the affected area, a few times daily.

Additional Tips

  • As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take necessary precautions when going to wooded areas.
  • When hiking, avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants when going out in the woods.
  • Apply mosquito repellent on your hands and feet before going out.
  • Resist the urge to scratch to relieve the itching, as this can cause infection.
  • You can also use calamine lotion, anti-itch creams, or simply Listerine mouthwash to deal with itching.


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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