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What is a good treatment for chigger bites?

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Chigger bites can be treated with calamine lotion and corticosteroid creams, according to MedicineNet. Oral antihistamines are also effective. As chigger bites are the body's response to the digestive enzymes used by the mite larvae, asphyxiating agents such as alcohol and nail polish are ineffective.

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Chiggers are the juvenile form of mites from the family Trombiculidae, states the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. Mite larvae from the genus Eutrombicula are also known as chiggers in some parts of the United States. Chiggers are commonly found in areas with tall weeds and grasses, where they wait for a host to brush by. Once attached, chiggers explore the host's body in search of areas where the skin is thinnest, such as around the ankles, the waist and the groin.

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