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.
It is best to see a doctor if an infection is present or symptoms do not improve, notes Healthline. Signs of infection include fever or swelling. Chigger bites can become infected when a person scratches too much. However, chigger bites normally do not cause any type of health problems other than itching. Chiggers feed on skin cells but do not feed on blood. Chiggers also do not transmit diseases of any kind.
Chiggers are larvae with six legs that develop into mites with maturity, explains MedlinePlus. Chiggers are found mainly in the summer and fall in tall grass or weeds, berry patches and along the edge of woodlands. Chiggers bite people around the midriff, ankles or in warm areas of the body. Chigger bites appear as small red bumps or hives that can resemble pimples. To prevent chigger bites, it is best to avoid the areas where they are found or use a bug repellent that contains DEET.