Chigger is a small tropical flea which is bright red in color and has a hairy structure. The fertile female of these fleas burrows under the skin of the host including the human beings.The larval of which will sucks the blood of the vertebrates and thus causing intense irritation and itching. Chiggers are more common during the early summer when most of the vegetation start to grow. Normally they target the ankles, waist or other warm folds of the skin.
Symptoms of Chigger Bite
Chiggers after feeding will leave the feeding tube on the host and these tubes will cause irritations even after the chigger is gone. Chigger bite will cause itching on the skin at first as chiggers inject their saliva in to the host body so that the victim’s blood won’t get clot and it can easily suck the blood. This saliva in turn causes the irritation.
After some times bumps, welts or hives appear on the areas of infection and the bumps on time may enlarge. You can see a tube at the center of the hives and if the chigger feeds on you for a longer time then the tube may pierce deeper in to your skin.
Treatments for Chigger Bite
As soon as you see the chiggers attached to your body remove them quickly so as to avoid the length of feeding time and so the irritations. Then take a bath in warm water and soapy to remove the chiggers.