How To Treat Chigger Bites
Chiggers are tiny microscopic living beings that have a propensity to come into view most often in the southern parts of the US towards late spring, summer, and early fall. They do appear in other parts of the world, around the same time of the year. Biologically Chiggers are larvae of mites known as harvest mites that are closely correlated to ticks. The larvae are mostly found outdoors, particularly in areas that have growth of tall grass or dense shrubbery.
You may find it of interest to learn that it is larvae that bites whereas adult harvest mites feed mainly on plants and are harmless. Another interestingly unusual feature is that they do not survive on human blood but on its skin. The bites, as is usual with any other insect, are very irritating and prickly. Though they do not need human blood for survival, they can transmit diseases.
These are known carriers of scrub typhus that causes skin rashes and fever in parts of Australia and Asia. On the whole their bites cause irritation often followed with swelling in most of the U.S or other parts of the world. But that’s a temporary problem. But that should not prompt you to ignore their bites. The irritation and the accompanying pain as a consequence of their bite would really traumatize anybody, especially toddlers.
The treatment of these bites is not difficult to follow. Fortunately, chiggers do not remain stuck to the skin for too long. Obviously the first thing that should come to your mind is to have a thorough bath and scrub your skin to get rid of any chigger that might have remained clung to the skin.
Apart from giving a bath to the affected person there is not much that one can do to treat such bites, except to apply some ointment or cream on the affected part of the skin to reduce irritation and the associated restlessness.
You will be playing it safe by applying calamine lotion, hydrocortisone, or benzyl benzoate that is generally readily available around the house. But, be sure not to apply nail polish in that confused state of mind thinking that the polish would cover the affected part of the skin that may still be having any chigger, and thus suffocate and kill the poor insect.
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