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The Best Way to Treat Chigger Bites

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The Best Way to Treat Chigger Bites

Chiggers, These mites are usually found outdoors, especially in grassy fields, forests and slightly moist areas alongside lakes and streams. Their tiny claws allow them to attach tightly to people and animals.

As these tiny mites can only be seen with a magnifying glass, it’s difficult to see them with the naked eye and prevent getting bitten.

You may not even know when a chigger bites you. However, the symptoms start showing within hours. The most common symptoms include intense itching, swelling, rashes and red bumps on the skin.chigger-bites-600x408

In most cases, chigger bites are not harmful to your health. However, they are uncomfortable and can even make it difficult to sleep. Chiggers usually bite around the waist, ankles or skin folds.

It takes about 1 to 3 weeks for chigger bites to heal. To control itching, pain and swelling in the meantime, you can try some simple home remedies.

Note: Avoid scratching the affected area, as it can lead to infection. If an infection develops, it is important to consult a doctor.

Here are the top 10 ways to treat chigger bites.Next

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Accidental beauty editor, intentional oversharer, redhead-by-choice with Texas roots, current Catahoula aficionado, future mini horse owner.Liesa Goins is a senior editor at Women's Health magazine.

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