5 Effective Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

While walking on the grassy fields, parks and forests a number of people complain about chigger bites. Chiggers are the larvae of certain types of mites. The tiny wingless creatures that live on the plants are notorious for their bites that cause burning and itching that may last for weeks. However, when the chigger bites, initially you will not experience pain and itch. It may take about 48 hours for the enzyme that the pest injects into your body to develop the allergic reaction that causes the severe itching. However, home remedies are often found to be effective in reducing the severity of the chigger bites. A number of people who have experienced chigger bites vouch for the effectiveness of the following remedies.

Here Are The 5 Effective Home Remedies For Chigger Bites:

1. Baking Soda

For fast relief from the itching and burning caused by chigger bite, first wash the affected area with water and soap. Rub the area with a scrub or brush while washing to remove the microscopic insects from the skin.[1] To reduce the itching, mix baking soda with a small amount of water and cover the bite site with the baking soda paste.

Baking Soda

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps in reducing the irritation and itching from chigger bites. Dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amount of water and dab the diluted vinegar on the affected area.[2] Reapply the vinegar several times for fast relief.

Apple Cider Vinegar

3. Toothpaste

You can also use your toothpaste to reduce the itching caused by chigger bite. Dab a small amount of toothpaste on the bite site. Wait for 20 to 25 minutes and then rinse with warm water.[3] For better result use the mint flavored toothpaste. Toothpaste helps in numbing the affected area, which helps in reducing the irritation.


4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the widely used remedies for itching and bug bites. It can also help in providing relief from the discomfort caused by chigger bite.[4] Apply a cool oatmeal poultice on the affected area. Soaking in oatmeal bath may also help in alleviating the itching.

Oatmeal and Rose Water Face Pack

5. Clear Nail Polish

Applying clear nail polish or nail polish remover on the affected area also seems to help in alleviating the itching and irritation triggered by chigger bite.[5] Nail polish helps in killing the pest that may still remain on the skin.

Clear Nail Polish