Dealing with Insect Bites

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Recently I went with a church group to help clean up after Canton’s tornado. Part of the cleanup was removing pieces of a house from a pasture. Would you believe it, several of us got chigger bites?

The question was: “What do I do for chigger bites?

One answer was to rub Listerine on them several times a day. That’s necessary because it rubs off. Supposedly Listerine makes chigger bites stop itching.

Another answer was to paint them with nail polish. Colorless nail polish was suggested, but guys could use their feminine companions’ red nail polish in a pinch. This puts a nice air-proof crust on top of the chigger bite. Supposedly this suffocates the chigger.

If you put nail polish on a chigger bite, don’t use nail polish remover to take it off. It hurts.

The best treatment is not to use home remedies like this. Instead, keep the bites clean and dry, and cover them with an anti-itching cream that contains cortisone. I’d cover that with a band-aid to prevent rubbing the chigger bite against clothing.

Wasps and fire ants are a different story. Some people put honey on the bites. This is supposed to prevent the swelling.

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