Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chigger Bites

In a recent conversation with one of my younger cousins she posed this question to the masses on Facebook: How do you diminish the itching that comes along with chigger bites?

Now she's a few years younger than me and it was interesting to watch the responses from folks her age and younger come in from all over the country. Here are a few examples:

1. Go to the Urgent Care Clinic and get a special lotion from the doctor.

2. Put ice on it.

3. Run to Walmart and ask the Pharmacist.

And so forth and so on.

What is even more interesting is the responses that she got from her family members my age and up. We all said the same thing: Put fingernail polish on it.

In the summertime you could always tell the kids that spent their days, evenings and nights in a kind of blissful unawareness: We all had many multi-colored splotches all over our body; the stranger the colors, the better.

Mom always said the polish suffocates the chigger that is trapped under the skin. I don't know if that is true or not and I was going to Google it and see what came up but even the mention of that bug made my skin crawl and I started to scratch.

Just a word of advice: I don't think the nail polish works for skeeter bites.

Another word of advice: Stop scratching or you'll leave a scar...just sayin'!


Geri O'Hara said...

What is a chigger? Sounds awful

Gianetta said...

Can't talk about it; makes me itch. Google it and see what comes up.

Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy said...

Another thing not to miss about living in NC! :P So glad chiggers don't like CO! :)

Jen said...

Hi G. Hope all is well. I've been chiggered lots of times but cant find anything that works, not even the nail polish. I do know that if you spray your lower extremeties and socks n shoes with deep woods OFF it will prevent bites. They've itched so bad before that I make 'em bleed cause I cant help but scratch. -Jen

Catch My Words said...

I've heard of the nail polish one. Chigger bites, yuck!




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