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[DPRG] Chiggers

Subject: [DPRG] Chiggers
From: W.E.Cole wecole at ev1.net
Date: Tue Jul 12 13:09:08 CDT 2005

Ok, for those who don't have the 411 on Chiggers, here's the scoop to help
ya out...

The red spots and itching are the after effects of the chiggers dinning on
you; the chiggers themselves are long gone - they don't burrow into your
skin as a lot of people believe, so putting nail polish on the bites doesn't
help except to remind you not to scratch the bite. The itching will go away
in a couple weeks and there isn't much you can do about it except not
scratch and keep some anti-itch cream on the spot for some temporary relief.
Scratching the spots can cause secondary infections, so try to avoid it. The
itching itself is caused by a "tube" of hardened skin cells created by our
body's reaction to the bite. This "tube" can sometimes be seen as a small
red dot in the middle of the bite spot (no - that red dot is not the chigger
itself, as many believe.) Do not try to remove the red dot - it's part of
your skin and you can cause secondary infections trying to dig it out. (Plus
it will not make the itching go away, so it's wasted effort anyway.) When
this tube of skin is re-absorbed by your body, the itching will stop and the
red welts will fade away.

The chiggers can be easily washed off with simple soap and water, but they
can live on your clothes for weeks, so make sure you washed everything
(including shoes). Once the chiggers feed, they drop off and try to burrow
into the ground where they change into the adult form, which are
vegetarians. Since your probably don't have much dirt and plant material in
your carpets, you don't have to worry about your home becoming "infested" in
the same way it can with fleas. Basically, once the chiggers feed, they'll
drop off and die if they are in your home.

~WEC


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