Symptoms of chigger bites do not occur until several hours after being bitten and are typically characterized by a small pustule or blister that is extremely itchy, according to MedicineNet. The itching is caused by a chigger injecting its digestive enzymes into the skin. The worst of the itching usually passes in one to two days but the bites sometimes takes as long as two weeks to heal.Know More
Chiggers do not burrow under the skin and therefore do not need to be removed to treat the bites, according to MedicineNet. The insect larvae simply pierce the skin, feed and then leave. Treatment is primarily aimed at relieving the inflammation and itching, making calamine lotion and corticosteroid cream good choices for topical application. Oral antihistamines are also helpful in providing some relief. Do not scratch the bites; scratching increases the risk of infection and lengthens the time the bites require to heal. Visit a doctor for any chigger bites that show signs of infection, such as oozing pus, swelling or pain.
As always, the best fix is prevention. Wear long pants and sleeves when chiggers or other biting insects are likely to be a problem. Use insect repellents on skin and clothes. Wash clothes after being outdoors, and shower with soap and water after outdoor activities. Chiggers do not bite at temperatures lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit and do not live in areas that are hotter than 99 degrees Fahrenheit.Learn more about Insect & Animal Bites
Treat chigger bites with over-the-counter anti-itch medications such as calamine lotion or with ice to relieve itching, recommends Healthline. It is also best avoid hot showers or hot tub baths. Despite popular belief, chiggers do not burrow under the skin, and there is no need to remove them.Full Answer >
Natural or household substances such as calamine lotion, cold cream and petroleum jelly can be used to relieve itching from chigger bites, Iowa State University Department of Entomology notes. However, physicians recommend using ointments containing antihistamines such as hydrocortisone or products containing local anesthetics.Full Answer >
Termites do not bite humans, but some species like the Formosan termites have pincers or mandibles that they can use to pinch humans. Even with mandibles, it is still rare for termites to attack humans with them and the pinch from such termites do not cause any infections or transmit any diseases.Full Answer >
Purdue University states that black fly bites can leave different types of marks, from a small puncture located at the bite site to a large swelling the size of a golf ball. Reactions to black fly bites include headache, fever, nausea and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.Full Answer >