Chiggers which is also called berry bugs or red bugs is small red mites living in the bush. In most cases, the chigger’s bites are not harmful to your health, but they make you feel uncomfortable and may even have trouble sleeping. These following are some simple and effective measures to control itching, pain, swelling.
- Symptoms of chigger bites
In many cases, you don’t even know that you are bitten. However, after some hours, the most common and easily realised symptoms include intense itchiness, swelling, breaking out many pimples, even red bumps on the skin.
- How to treat chigger bites
Step 1: Giving first aid urgently
Getting them out: The chiggers have hard teeth, glue to your skin enduringly. When you catch it to pull out, we usually only get its body, still, their teeth hitch on to your skin. Although the teeth no longer suck your blood, but it can cause infection or other harmful complications. Therefore, we should pull the chigger slowly off the bite. Using fire is the most effective method to make the chigger to release you out. You use a stick of incense, a lighted cigarette to roast them, carefully not to burn. The heat will force them to give up and fall off. You can also use substances such as alcohol, gasoline, heating oil to drop on them, they will be automatically ejected. These substances have fire more slowly, and usually takes about 5 minutes. You make sure that do not leave their tap in the skin because it will make a lot more toxic.
Decontaminating the bites: The bites need to be cleaned with water many times to eliminate dirt, bacteria and dead tissue. To reduce the risk of infection, you should wash the bites thoroughly with soap, then apply alcohol or other disinfectants. The bite must be treated as soon as possible. If for more than 6 hours after the chigger bites, the risk of infection is very high.
Step 2: Controlling itchy, swelling, pimples
How to treat chigger bites depends too much on available materials in the kitchen.
Method 1: Oatmeal
You can treat itchiness caused chigger bites by only oatmeal. If as usual the chigger bites can take several days or even more than a week, then you would dip in a bath containing oatmeal by dissolving some oatmeal in the bath or grinding a cup of oatmeal, then stirring it into a warm bath for about 20 minutes. Oatmeal is very rich avenanthramides – a natural plant substance helps to reduce redness and itchiness.
Method 2: Onion
It is not surprisingly that onion is regarded as one of the most simple and high – effectively methods to relieve itchiness, swelling or infection. Onion contains quercetin, kaempferol and sulfur – the natural compounds help to kill bacteria that cause infection, as well as, speed up the formation of new healthy skin cells and prevent bleeding, reducing inflammation. You can slice a few slices of fresh onion or chop into pieces to dress the bite for at least 1 hours and do this many times daily until the bite is less swell, itchy.
Method 3: Olive oil
You need a glass of boiled fresh sugar-free milk , then mix with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You allow it to cool, then apply on the affected skin about 15-20 minutes and then wash it with cold water. Do a week 3-4 times to get the best effect. Alternatively, you mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and gently apply the processed solution all over the affected area and hold for 15 minutes. Finally use warm water to clean the skin again.
Although olive oil have essential nutrients, you should a little amount of olive oil because if you use it too much, the injury may get worse and worse.
You should use the kind of olive oil of clear origin.
Method 4: Essential oils
Lavender, coconut, peppermint essential oil have anti-inflammatory properties which are able to ease the bite as well as suck out venom, relieve swelling . In particular, camelia oil which is a benign antibiotic also prevents infection from scratching the itch. However, before applying on the skin, pay attention to the concentration of oil, if it is too thick, mix with some water to ensure that you aren’t burnt. Do this once or twice a day. Alternatively, apply directly these essential oils on the affected area with a cotton wool, wait for 30 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Use this remedy once or twice daily within a few days.
Method 5: The filtered tea bag
When the filtered tea bag is over, leave it in the refrigerator to cool it, and then cover it with the bites. That will help to get rid of the body of chigger bites and toxins from the bite, as well as reduce itching and swelling.
Method 6: Baking soda
You mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a glass of warm water. Use the cotton wool to gently rub the mixture on the bite. You will be surprised when the skin becomes less rash or gradually disappear red bumps.
Or, mix ¼ cup of water with 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Pour the mixture into a clean glass bottle and shake well. Because baking soda tends to break down the skin’s pH balance, so you use apple cider vinegar to balance out. You can add 4-5 drops of rosemary oil which play as a natural preservative with antimicrobial properties. You apply directly this mixture on the bite. Do this twice a day. After using, store and preserve this mixture in the refrigerator.
Another choice is to mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of green tea oil until the mixture becomes thick, then apply the mixture on the affected skin.
Wish you successfully apply these measures to treat chigger bites.