After manually removing what seemed to be 100+ chiggers from each kid, we rushed them up to the tub to hopefully scrub off and/or drown any that we missed. After they were down for nap, I realized that I also had them all over my feet and ankles. Honestly, my Lularoe leggings seriously saved me from a far worse situation because they could not travel up my pants. Once I got them off of myself and got a shower, I was thinking we were out of the woods. WRONG.
The next day is when the real fun started. Red bumps began to show up all over D’s body. It looked like he had chicken pox there were so many. He started to complain about the itching so I applied Caladryl clear, which was the only thing we had and I crossed my fingers hoping it would work. I also cut his nails as short as I could so that he could not scratch his skin open and cause a secondary bacterial infection. My feet and ankles were itching so badly, it was torture. The Caladryl did next to nothing for me, so we headed to the store to stock up on anti-itch products and colloidal oatmeal to bathe the boys in.
That night, I couldn’t sleep because I was so itchy and I tried each of the products to no avail. I even tried a topical numbing cream I had from when I got a tattoo called Dr. Numb. It seemed to help a little bit at first, but the effects were short lived.
FALSE. Chiggers are actually an arachnid. Because they are the immature larval stage of a mite, they only have 6 legs (like insects) but will have 8 as an adult.
FALSE. Chiggers insert digestive enzymes in to your skin when they bite causing your cells to rupture. They then eat the digested flesh.