Chiggers

Chiggers bite

Last Updated August 23rd, 2019

Chigger bites often leave a characteristic skin rash - red itchy bumps found in clusters. It looks like a pimple or pustule. In some cases, you might develop severe allergic reactions to chiggers bites and develop hives. Mostly, chiggers attack at areas where the clothing is tight. So, if you see red bumps on clustering on your skin in the groin or waist area, it might be chiggers.
Follow these steps to get immediate relief from chigger bites. The first thing that you should do is to take a warm shower and scrub your body properly with soap. If at all any chiggers are present on your skin, they will be removed. Second, you need to wash your clothes, bedding, shoes etc that you were using the moment you got bitten by chiggers. To get instant relief from rashes and itching, apply calamine lotion on the rashes. You can also take antihistamine tablets to curb allergic reaction to chigger bites.
Chiggers are extremely tiny (1/50th of an inch) and thus invisible to the naked eye. They are red in color, and if they cluster at one location, you might be able to see the larvae. Chigger rashes are red in color - tiny raised bumps on the skin. These have a bright-red dot right at the centre of the bump. These appear in groups, mainly where skin folds are present and/or the clothing is tightly hugging the body.
When a chigger latches on your skin, you won’t feel a thing. The itching becomes evident within 1-2 days of the chigger bite. The intense itching is because of the stylosome or the feeding tube which the chigger uses to dig deep into your skin. The total time taken for healing - including relief from itching and skin lesions, is usually 1-2 weeks.

Chiggers – The Unknown Arachnid

Scientifically known as trombiculid mites, chiggers are actually young larvae members belonging to the arachnid family. They are also called as red bugs, berry bugs, harvest mites, and scrub-itch mites. These creatures are minuscule and are visible only under a magnifying glass. They have a reddish appearance and are as small as 1/50th of an inch. Despite their small size, their bites are intense and excessively itchy. The adult trombiculid mite is practically harmless. It is the juvenile larvae that latch onto skin and causes irritation.

Chiggers microscopicThese mites mostly inhabit damp grasslands and bushes. Chiggers are considered to be parasitic larvae that feed extensively on humans, quails, frogs, rabbits, and few insects too. They are found all across the globe, mainly in moist surroundings such as grassy fields, forests, lakes, and ponds. Trombiculid mites experience the usual growth stages – egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Out of these, only in the larval stage does the mite attack the human skin.

Once these parasitic larvae have finished feeding on the human skin, they drop down and progress to the nymph and adult stages. In these stages, the organism is no longer parasitic in nature. When temperatures fall below 16 deg Celsius, they turn inactive. Below 4 degrees, these mites cannot survive.

Understanding the chigger bite

Human beings come in contact with chiggers while walking along moist grassy areas and tall weeds. These creatures, usually occurring in clusters, latch onto human skin. At this stage, it is impossible to detect them and brush them off the skin. They walk along the human skin and then gather at areas where the skin is thin, such as ankle, crotch, and groin areas. Once they detect a favorable location, they pierce the skin and release digestive enzymes into this incision. These enzymes start digesting the human cells, which acts as the source of food for them. Chiggers feed on the destroyed tissues through a feeding tube called as a stylostome.

This stylosome, that destroys and dissolves tissues, also hardens the surrounding skin area. This usually takes around 1-2 hours after the parasitic mite has latched onto the skin. A typical chigger bite creates enzymatic changes along with physical damage to the skin. This triggers an allergic reaction and immune responses from the body. Since the skin becomes pierced and exposed, it becomes susceptible to secondary bacterial infections. The intense itching is due two factors – first, due to an allergic response to the chigger’s saliva, and second due to the stylosome. Until this stylosome is dissolved by the body’s lymphatic system, the itching continues. This may take few days to a couple of weeks.

The tell-tale signs of a chigger bite

Chiggers biteInitially, a chigger bite is invisible to the naked eye. Once the chigger starts secreting enzymes through the stylosome, it starts showing visible signs:

  • Persistent itching at the spot of bite.
  • Reddish bump on the skin which might be raised or flat.
  • A skin blister which resembles a pustule or a pimple.
  • In case the individual has a severe allergic response to the bite, it may even cause hives to form.
  • When the chigger drops from the skin, it leaves behind a reddish dot on the bite location. This is where the stylostome was present.
  • Since chiggers usually live in clusters, their bites on human skin are also found in a similar manner.
  • Chiggers usually cluster around areas where the clothing is tight. That’s why one will find chigger bites mostly around the waist, ankles, behind the knees, and the crotch.
  • Chigger bites on male genital can cause serious swelling and itching along with intense pain during urination.

Diagnosis and treatment

There are no specific diagnostic tests in order to detect a chigger bite. A physician is able to detect a chigger parasitic attack just by observing the typical symptoms – reddish itchy bumps in clusters, found in the usual areas. The intense itching and hardening of skin due to the stylostome is also taken into consideration. The doctor will also try to inquire if the said individual was involved in any outdoor activity or had come in contact with marshy vegetation.

The treatment of these bites usually doesn’t require a medical intervention as they can be easily treated at home. The best remedy is to take a hot shower and use a medicated soap to clean the entire body. After this, apply over-the-counter antiseptic creams on the bites. It is advised not to scratch the bites since it could break the skin more and invite secondary bacterial infections.

Additionally, you can also take a look into these 100% safe products that will get you guaranteed relief from the itching.

Chiggers bite treatment-To soothe the intense itching, any hydrocortisone lotion or calamine lotion can be used. Since the larvae cannot survive below 4 degree Celsius, applying ice on the bite marks may help in reducing the itching. Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl can be taken to counter the allergic reaction.

You should visit the doctor if the symptoms continue to persist even after the above-mentioned remedies have been implemented. Alternatively, if the affected individual develops fever and chills and/or the swelling (with pus) due to the bite is more than usual, he/she should consult the doctor. To treat secondary infections, the doctor may prescribe you antibiotics.

Chigger bites – How to remain itch-free

The following precautionary methods can help one steer clear from such parasitic mite infestations:

  • After every outdoor activity, especially if done in grassy/marshy areas, wash your hands and feet with soap and water.
  • Wash your outdoor clothes with detergent and hot water, if you suspect a chigger mite infestation.
  • If you are visiting a chigger-infested zone, cover your whole body with protective clothing. Wear full-sleeved shirts, gloves, full-pants, and socks to avoid exposing any part of the skin to the mites.
  • Use mosquito repellent sprays/ creams on your body and clothing. This helps get rid of chiggers too.

Chigger mites bite when they are smaller and move around on six legs. They are in season from late spring to summer and can remain inside your home from 50-70 days without feeding. Once they feed and grow to adult sizes, they no longer bite humans. The chigger bite can itch badly, many times worse than a mosquito bite. However, chigger mites do not suck blood. They instead feed on human skin itself. They also form very tiny tube-shaped welts or blisters where they bite. Bromelain has an anti-inflammatory effect and also repels insects which may prove useful in this case. Bromelain is the active substance present in pineapples which is a strong antihistamine and can be used to get rid of the intense itching caused by chigger bites.

(The featured image is licensed by eric.ray under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License)

Facts

  • Chiggers bites are neither contagious nor they cause any health complications such as infections, even if their enzymes mix with the bloodstream.
  • Contrary to popular myth, these larvae, unlike other mites, don’t burrow into the skin.

Facts

  • The attack of a chigger is not like a bee stinging or a mosquito sucking the blood. They puncture the skin and feed on dissolved tissues.
  • Scratching a chigger off the skin by hand or shower is helpful since a scratched off chigger seldom bites.

Facts

  • Chiggers need shady and damp areas to thrive. Closely cropped lawns and marshy vegetations are their preferred habitat.

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Chigger bites often leave a characteristic skin rash - red itchy bumps found in clusters. It looks like a pimple or pustule. In some cases, you might develop severe allergic reactions to chiggers bites and develop hives. Mostly, chiggers attack at areas where the clothing is tight. So, if you see red bumps on clustering on your skin in the groin or waist area, it might be chiggers.
Follow these steps to get immediate relief from chigger bites. The first thing that you should do is to take a warm shower and scrub your body properly with soap. If at all any chiggers are present on your skin, they will be removed. Second, you need to wash your clothes, bedding, shoes etc that you were using the moment you got bitten by chiggers. To get instant relief from rashes and itching, apply calamine lotion on the rashes. You can also take antihistamine tablets to curb allergic reaction to chigger bites.
Chiggers are extremely tiny (1/50th of an inch) and thus invisible to the naked eye. They are red in color, and if they cluster at one location, you might be able to see the larvae. Chigger rashes are red in color - tiny raised bumps on the skin. These have a bright-red dot right at the centre of the bump. These appear in groups, mainly where skin folds are present and/or the clothing is tightly hugging the body.
When a chigger latches on your skin, you won’t feel a thing. The itching becomes evident within 1-2 days of the chigger bite. The intense itching is because of the stylosome or the feeding tube which the chigger uses to dig deep into your skin. The total time taken for healing - including relief from itching and skin lesions, is usually 1-2 weeks.

 

Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • If you are highly allergic to chigger bites, wear chemically pre-treated clothes.
  • While using a bug-spray pay special heed to exposed areas such as ankles, waist, and palms.
  • Use sprays with herbal ingredients such as lemongrass, jojoba, and geranium extracts.
Don'ts
  • Use bleach, alcohol, or any such substance to suffocate the chigger since these mites don’t live under the skin surface.
  • Forget to take a hot shower. If there are no provisions to take a shower, try dislodging the mites by brisk towel movements and crushing them.
  • Forget to change your bedding, as it might contain traces of mites. Wash all bed covers, blankets, and mattresses in hot water.

 

 

 

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Hysteroscopy Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive tool to help specialists view the uterus to diagnose and even treat several…
beta 2 glycoprotein 1 IgG
Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 IgG Beta 2 glycoprotein 1 antibody test involves detecting and measuring the presence of the IgG class of beta…
cystatin C
Cystatin C Test Cystatin C is a specific single-chain protein that is found in body fluids and is a biomarker for…
Diabetes blood test
Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
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Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
sleep deprivation
Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you didn't know about…
vital organ diseases
Common diseases that could cripple your vital organs Brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and liver - these vital organs are indeed vital for your survival. However, these…
Salt dangers
Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
Agave nectar: The bitter truth about this sweetener revealed Agave nectar is considered to be sweeter than the normal table sugar and even contains higher amounts of…
Did you know drinking alkaline water could be the healthier choice for you? Ever wondered how safe is your drinking water in terms of pH? Recent studies have revealed that Alkaline…
Find all the instant ways to get rid of blackheads Blackheads - Not only are they aesthetically unappealing but if left untreated these can cause bacterial overgrowth on…
Oxidative Stress: Understanding the most lethal phenomenon happening in your body right now Free radicals cause damage to the body, which is known as oxidation.  The amount of oxidation caused by…
Hydroquinone: Is it the best topical treatment for hyperpigmentation? Darkening of the skin due to high melanin levels is called hyperpigmentation.  Hydroquinone interferes with melanin production thus treating…
Coffee Enema: Turn your favorite morning beverage into a powerful colon cleanser The wonders of coffee are not just limited to waking you up every morning. You can now use…
Barium-enema
Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody (tTG) Test Transglutaminase is an enzyme present in our body and is involved in protein metabolism. A tTg test is…
complement c4 test
Anemia Profile Anemia Profile test (Basic) is a blood screening test that measures the levels of important components of the…
blood ketone test
Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
immunoglobulin M
Immunoglobulin M Test Immunoglobulin M is the largest and the first produced antibody which helps in the prevention or fighting of…
macadamia nuts in food
Proven health benefits and nutrition of macadamia nuts Know all about scientific, amazing health benefits of macadamia nuts, its nutrition, recipes, how to consume, price and…
macadamia nuts in food
Proven health benefits and nutrition of macadamia nuts Know all about scientific, amazing health benefits of macadamia nuts, its nutrition, recipes, how to consume, price and…
Beware of these common foods that cause high bodily inflammation! Maybe its the long list of inflammatory foods in your diet that is making you frequently sick. Find…
How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
Oxalates: How healthy greens can sometimes be bad news for your kidneys Oxalates are compounds present in a majority of healthy foods. However, at times an overconsumption of these could…
SIBO Diet: The important dos and don’ts of this gut-healing diet A SIBO diet is a diet that works by eliminating certain sugars from your diet and adding fibers…
11 unbelievable health benefits of thyme you didn’t know! Thyme is a herb that has been used in alternative medicine.It is a well known seasoning in the…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
iron deficiency profile
Iron Deficiency Profile An iron deficiency profile is a battery of blood tests which are performed in order to determine the…
ureteroscopy
Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
quinoa salad
Quinoa : A prodigious superfood you need to include in your diet today! Quinoa - what is so special about this native South American grain that has taken the world by…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
avocado benefits
Avocado: 15 reasons why this fruit should be a staple in your diet Did you know that the word avocado literally means "testicles". Don't get grossed out as this power-packed fruit…
bananas exercise
10 health reasons why you should go “bananas” over bananas! Bananas:The world's most popular fruit comes with a host of unbelievable health benefits. Find out how you can…
Coconut sugar: What is it and is it healthier than table sugar? In the long list of things that the wonderful coconut gives us, coconut sugar is another remarkable addition.…
The right way to prepare Alfalfa sprouts at home Alfalfa or lusan ghas is not just a nutritious animal fodder. This flavonoid-rich herb has some amazing health…
How to scrub away stress and fatigue with an Epsom salt bath? Epsom salt is a popular home remedy for many skin ailments. Though there is a lack of scientific…
reflexology massage
Top reasons why you should go for a reflexology massage today Reflexology involves the application of pressure to your feet and hands to encourage self-healing. Could this be beneficial…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
thyroid_scan
Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
hepatitis B envelope antigen
Hepatitis B Envelope Antigen (HBeAg) The HBeAg or hepatitis B envelope antigen test is a screening test used to diagnose the onset of…
anoscopy
Anoscopy Anoscopy is an invasive diagnostic procedure where a small device known as anoscope will be inserted in the…
vdrl test syphilis
VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
shoudler exercises
Keep your shoulders pain-free with these shoulder exercises Shoulder exercises are important in order to prevent chronic back and neck pain. Learn more about how you…