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Old 08-16-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Need HELP! dealing with chiggers

DH went camping with us for the first time ever (well, since a miserable experience in Cub Scouts when he was about 10) and a day after getting home, his lower legs broke out in a horrible rash of chigger bites. He spent most of the weekend in shorts and he's the only one who showered (twice) over the weekend, so any residual bug spray protection he had kept getting washed off. None of the rest of us have any bites at all.

He is more than miserable! We camped from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, and he started breaking out on Monday (maybe a few Sunday night). We've been treating since Monday with Benadryl (internally) and cortisone cream (externally). Last night he was really suffering; his legs burned and itched so badly it woke him up. I made a baking soda paste and slathered it all over his calves to take out the itch, then after about 10-15 minutes, made him rinse it all off and then put aloe gel all over to cool the burn. Gave him ibuprofen, too, and he managed to get back to sleep.

Is there anything else that can be done at this point? The bites are easily 4 days old now, and I'm mostly worried about him scratching and getting an infection. Does anyone have any stronger remedies to help him deal with the horrible itching?

I'm pretty sure he'll never go camping with us again.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Calamine(sp?) lotion
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Menthol! I sent some Tigress Butter to an online friend in Texas and she says it's a miracle on chiggers! I've heard the same thing about mosquito bites in Western Washington. Find yourself some Biofreeze! Or something with a lot of menthol!

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Be careful what you put on if he's broken the skin scratching though.
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Rocky Mountain Spotted fever can manifest like that too so keep that in mind. Bag balm helps as does chickweed salve.
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Well, next time it happens immediately put alcohol or Mentholatum on them to kill them.

Now? Benadryl and Calamine Lotion.

Some people I know put dog or cat flea collars around their ankles over their socks.. Don't think this would be cool for children.

Be glad they are on his legs and not his cojones.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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This works.

Get a hair dryer and blow air as hot as you can stand it on the infected area for a while.
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I usually try to "distract" the itch nerve endings.

I run tap water until it is scalding hot, then back the temperature off until it it tollerably lukewarm. Then run the affected area under the warm water until it feels comfortable. Then I gradually turn up the heat until it is scalding and hold it there as long as I can tollerate it..,

The relief can last a couple of hours at a time.

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This works.

Get a hair dryer and blow air as hot as you can stand it on the infected area for a while.
Same here. Gang up on the nerve endings and distract them from the itch..,

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Thanks, guys. He is not easily distractable.

The menthol didn't seem to work too well for him. Maybe if we'd recognized the bites earlier or I'd asked here on Monday the mentholatum would have worked. He woke up freaking out again about an hour ago -- forgot to take Benadryl before he went to bed and woke up scratching himself silly, the big jerk.

The baking soda paste followed by hot water and aloe seems to work well to calm it down for him; at least enough to get back to sleep. That, and a bunch of Benadryl. I think I'll be in charge of dispensing meds on a schedule for the next few days.

I'd have to hit him over the head with a mallet if this was in a...ahem...delicate place. That, or drop him off at the emergency room with a promise to visit.
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Be glad they are on his legs and not his cojones.
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My cocktail for bite itches is maximum strength pimple cream followed by Gold Bond medicated ointment for itch. The pimple cream dries the bite and reduces the inflammation. Cold packs can be helpful for some people while others like salt water soaks.
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That spray on pain killer for sunburn, like Solarcaine, also works for this and a lot of other things.

Of course, if he has scratched a lot he has to get over the initial shock of the alcohol before the pain relief kicks in.
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Preparation H might be helpful
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