Chiggers are red-colored minuscule organism that belongs to spider family. They mostly inhabit wooded areas and can be found in long grasses, tall vegetation and weed patches. They are so small that you can’t see them without microscope or magnifying glass. Since there are so tiny, they can attach themselves to you, when you walk in the infested area. Chigger bites can be very irritating an itchy and usually experiences on the areas of the body where the skin is thin like armpit, knees, ankles, groin and waist.
These tiny mites contain a digestive enzyme which they inject into the victim’s skin by making microscopic holes into the skin with their mouth. This causes red, itchy blisters on the affected person’s body. If you ever experience the horrible itching caused by chigger bugs, there are many simple and effective and natural home remedies which can bring relief.
Natural Home remedies for chigger bites
Despite their small size, these tiny bugs can cause endless itching with raised or flat red blisters. If not treated quickly, chigger bites can be very uncomfortable. Escalating fast itching can cause skin breaking. To avoid this, try this simple and effective natural home remedies that will help to get rid the bites quickly.
1. Take Hot Shower:
The moment you realize you have been beaten by chigger mites, take hot shower. Use a mild soap on your skin. This will help them detach from the skin before they latch on to the skin and start drilling. This will help to reduce intense itching
2. Apply Ice:
Apply ice packs to get relief from itch fast. It will help prevent swelling also. Numbing the affected area ice pack will bring relief from discomfort. But do not apply ice directly to the skin. This could cause frost bites. Put some ice cubes in a muslin cloth or plastic bag and apply on the affected areas.
3. Baking Soda:
Baking soda works best to get relief from severe itching as it alkaline in nature which aids in restoring pH balance of the skin. At the beginning it may sting, but shortly it will bring a cooling effect on your skin. Just make a paste by adding little water. Rub this paste on the affected areas. Leave for 10-15 minutes on your skin and wash off using normal water. This will stop itch.
4. Vapor Rub:
The vapor rubs contains menthol which can reduce inflammation and itch by bringing a cooling effect on the affected areas. Bringing relief from intense itching, this remedy will help prevent the blisters from breaking. Application of vapor rub overnight will help to reduce swelling and rashes completely. Once exposed to the bites apply the rub adding some salt on the affected areas.
5. Apply Calamine Lotion On The Bites:
For getting quick relief from intense itch and inflammation, apply calamine lotion on the bites. Calamine lotion contains zinc oxide as an active ingredient which helps to get rid of itching and inflammation. It will also not sting the area after application, instead will bring cooling effect.
Most mouthwash contains anti-fungal and anti-itch ingredients and also contained menthol which brings cooling effect on the bites. After washing the affected areas with soap and water, apply mouthwash using cotton ball. Any mouthwash containing menthol will be a great remedy to get relief from chigger bites.
7. Aloe Vera And Peppermint Oil:
Aloe Vera has excellent healing properties and known for its soothing effect. Peppermint is great for relieving pain as well as preventing infection. It brings relief from pain by increasing blood circulation to the affected area. The combination of these two ingredients will bring fast relief from chigger bites. Extract fresh aloe Vera gel from a leaf and combine the gel with few drops of peppermint oil. Apply on the bitten area and allow it stay on your skin in order to reduce pain and itching.
Oatmeal is a great home remedy for neutralizing the allergic reaction caused to the skin from chigger bites. Cook some oatmeal as you normally cook for eating. Allow it to cool and scrub the affected area with oatmeal. Wash off with fresh water.
9. Epsom Salt:
Epsom salt cleanses and detoxes the body of bacteria and toxins. They can bring relief from itching and swelling almost instantly. In a tub of warm water add 1 cup of Epsom salt and stir well to dissolve the salt. Soak your body in this bath water for 15-20 minutes to get relief.
10. Tea Bags:
The tannic acid contained in tea has anti-inflammatory effect. They help to suppress itching and reduce pain and inflammation. Soak tea bags and refrigerate then for 10-15 minutes to cool. Apply these cool tea bags on the bites to reduce itching, pain and the marks.
Repeat these procedures 2-3 times a day until the symptoms completely disappears.