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Old 08-30-2007, 09:18 PM   #1
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EEE GADS...HELP CHIGGERS, What to do?

oh my lord, just got in shower to rinse color off of hair.
I have little things, 4 of them, in me/on my skin but "in" my skin.
I looked them up and they are chiggers from me sitting in this vacant yard, where we were looking at a home for sale. sat on the driveway and watched hubby walk the property, who knew I was being climbed on? YIKES! I saw little things on my jeans and took them off but have been told of chiggers before by a neighbor who was originally from Tennessee.

I finger nailed them out/off my skin, looked at them under a very powerful magnifying glass and THEY WERE MOVING. This is a full 24 hours after leaving Tennessee. Now I have red bumps where they 'were'. I flushed them.

Am I okay? What to do with the red bumps they left? I read to sufficate them with clear nail polish like you do ring worm. Oh my gosh, I am in horror..........

help with any advice please, freaking out here...

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Old 08-30-2007, 09:23 PM   #2
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I'm clueless but here is a link. I'm sure you have looked them up though.

Sorry!!!!!!!! I wish I had more advice.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:26 PM   #3
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LEFSE, this is the best I could come up with to help remedy your problem. Get better. We have chiggers here. They're crappy little dudes.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:07 PM   #4
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thanks to you both. I did look up online what they looked like, googled it. one link says probably can't be seen by the naked eye. I could see them, and feel them as they are like little raised freckles almost. anyway, I see by reading these I've already done wrong by scratching them off with my nails. I found 3 more around my waistband area. Oh gee yeah! I'm gonna dot each of the areas with clear nail polish and pray hard that it'll be over soon.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:34 PM   #5
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It's been a while since I have gotten these things. We call them red bugs. Anyway, Lysol, dabbed on seems to kill them instantly. Sometimes after blackberry picking we would take a bath with Lysol added to the water just to be cautious. It does stink, but it does work!

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:11 PM   #6
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When we went on our yearly vacations to Missouri I always got a lot of chiggers. One year I counted 34 when I left. Most didn't last long but I had a couple hit a major blood supply and I had them a very long time. I tried the fingernail polish and I think it helped with some.

The thing to remember is to not walk around in tall grasses (you can have your yard sprayed for them) and not to wear a lot of tight clothing. They like to get in tight places, like under elastic.

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:18 PM   #7
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Miss Barbara...I think our chigger population has been diminished somewhat due to Southern Fire Ants. Or at least I don't get very often. Stepping a nice ant hill, is fun! fun! fun!
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I did look up online what they looked like, googled it. one link says probably can't be seen by the naked eye. I could see them,
I never could see them--and I had better vision than most--(unless there were a lot of them together, like under a chicken's wing), but my grandmother could see them. Of course, she could also walk through a pasture and pluck 4-leaf clovers like crazy. I have never found one in my life!

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Miss Barbara...I think our chigger population has been diminished somewhat due to Southern Fire Ants. Or at least I don't get very often. Stepping a nice ant hill, is fun! fun! fun!
I think I'd take chiggers any day! I HATE fire ants. Twice they have caught me by surprise and I didn't notice until a lot of them were up my jeans legs. I looked like a nut running into the house. Thank goodness no one could see me ripping all my clothes off on the way to the shower--I really looked like a nut by then (the first time was at a friend's house)!

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P.S. For anyone who has never experienced fire ants, if you wonder why I was racing for the showers like a lunatic--well they don't call them fire ants for nothing!
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Come to Kazakhstan---no chiggers, ants, fleas, or termites -----too freezing cold for them minus 40 here in the winter!!!!! But believe it or not we have seagulls, flies, and mosquitoes during the warm months---go figure. I do fondly remember chigger bites, however. I hope that you find relief soon. Applying a hot cloth as much as you could stand also helped relieve the itching. Same with mosquito bites.
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