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Old 09-11-2013, 03:53 PM
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I have never got them on my feet. Just under the socks. Did you get any feetsy bites?
No bites on my feet. They got just below the sock line on my ankles. I guess one bite is far enough down the ankle to be borderline "top of the foot" but that's splitting hairs.

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leave em out in the sun for awhile (assuming hot, direct heat).. chiggers die this way (thus their proclivity to burrow in skin/hide in shady areas)

one thing i love to do for chiggers is alcohol. seriously. scratch the hell out of em --> rubbing alcohol. starts to heal the itch and the cooling sensation is that of the OTC creams.
Cool, thanks for the tip. I doubt there are any still in the shoes, but I'm not going to take ANY chances.

And yes, rubbing alcohol based products do seem to do a really amazing job of stopping the itch (and preventing infection). When I couldn't stand the itchiness anymore and had to scratch, I used alcohol wipes (from work's first aid kit). At home it's Absorbine Jr.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:16 PM
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I disagree. According to websites I've read, the itching is caused by enzymes injected into the skin which in turn kills the skin. The chigger then eats the skin. They're still on your skin until you take a hot shower or whatever. Nail polish ****ing works bro.
Nail polish just seals the bite and prevents air from getting to it which can help with the itching. A gel or product over the counter can do the same thing, help more with the itching and help prevent infection. They actually don't bury in your skin and wipe off easily, if u could only see them. Best thing to do is scrub down likely infected areas as soon as u finish a round with rubbing alcohol and shower soon as u get home. Time is the biggest factor in the severity of the bites.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:30 PM
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Nail polish just seals the bite and prevents air from getting to it which can help with the itching. A gel or product over the counter can do the same thing, help more with the itching and help prevent infection. They actually don't bury in your skin and wipe off easily, if u could only see them. Best thing to do is scrub down likely infected areas as soon as u finish a round with rubbing alcohol and shower soon as u get home. Time is the biggest factor in the severity of the bites.
This is my understanding of the situation as well.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:47 PM
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I disagree. According to websites I've read, the itching is caused by enzymes injected into the skin which in turn kills the skin. The chigger then eats the skin. They're still on your skin until you take a hot shower or whatever. Nail polish ****ing works bro.
Chiggers don't burrow into your skin, so if they're still there it's more effective to shower than to try to individually paint the chiggers anyway. Most sites I can find say something to this effect:

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Many home remedies for chigger bites, like painting the bite with nail polish, involve the idea of smothering an embedded chigger. But by the time you notice the bite, you've often brushed or scratched away the chigger already. The reason nail polish makes some people's bites feel better is that it seals the bite from air. Over-the-counter creams that relieve itching often do a better job of making the bites feel better. It's also a good idea to apply an antiseptic, especially if you've scratched the bite extensively -- too much scratching can lead to a secondary infection. If you're bitten, don't be tempted to try home remedies involving toxic substances, and don't try to remove the stylostome -- either could cause secondary infections or other injuries.
So I believe that it helps the itching, but it's not an effective way of removing them from your skin, and in most cases the chigger is long gone by the time you're doing it.

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:36 PM
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Look you TDDs, I never said they burrow into your skin. Y'all need to go to school and get a Communications degree like my man MTL so that you can read real good.

It's very simple. The chigger shoots an enzyme into your skin. This breaks the skin down. Your skin breaking down makes you itch. The chigger then eats your broken skin, gets its fill, either buggers off or gets washed off and leaves you with effed up, itchy broken skin. Your skin has to be broken down before the chigger can eat and your skin itches as soon as it starts breaking down (usually your most itchiest is at the onset of the skin being broken down so therefore the chigger is still there).

Everything I've ever used only gives very temporary relief to the bite. So I scratch like crazy and open it up for infection OR I can put a little clear nail polish on it (which has some vitamin e and stuff that your skin likes) and it doesn't itch nearly as much and hence my bites heal up much faster.

Go ahead and keep itching you mud ducks, I'll keep my anecdotal relief methods to myself from now on.
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little clear nail polish on it (which has some vitamin e and stuff that your skin likes)
AHA!!!

He really IS in it only for the nail polish!!
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Am I the only one turned on by this?
So porn doesn't do it for you, huh? Well, you won't get in trouble for looking at this in the workplace.

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I disagree. According to websites I've read, the itching is caused by enzymes injected into the skin which in turn kills the skin. The chigger then eats the skin. They're still on your skin until you take a hot shower or whatever. Nail polish ****ing works bro.
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Look you TDDs, I never said they burrow into your skin. Y'all need to go to school and get a Communications degree like my man MTL so that you can read real good.

It's very simple. The chigger shoots an enzyme into your skin. This breaks the skin down. Your skin breaking down makes you itch. The chigger then eats your broken skin, gets its fill, either buggers off or gets washed off and leaves you with effed up, itchy broken skin. Your skin has to be broken down before the chigger can eat and your skin itches as soon as it starts breaking down (usually your most itchiest is at the onset of the skin being broken down so therefore the chigger is still there).

Everything I've ever used only gives very temporary relief to the bite. So I scratch like crazy and open it up for infection OR I can put a little clear nail polish on it (which has some vitamin e and stuff that your skin likes) and it doesn't itch nearly as much and hence my bites heal up much faster.

Go ahead and keep itching you mud ducks, I'll keep my anecdotal relief methods to myself from now on.
LOL! Spot on bd. Not doubting your method but you should try some of the Tecnu clear calamine type gel. It does something similar but helps more with itchiness and infection. Also works great with other bug bites and poison ivy.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:28 PM
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I can testify to Mean Green as an effective and way cheaper substitute for Zanfel to scrub away poison ivy (even after you've had it for a few days). I bought a tub online which is essentially a lifetime supply. Only issue is it'll grow mold after a while; solution - stick it in the freezer, scoop out a bit & thaw it when you need some. Just got back from playing Stafford Lake in CA, and can confirm it works on poison oak too. See for detail:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/th...1744563&tn=100
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