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Chigger Bites After 2 Weeks

Reader Shares His Scaly, Itchy Chigger Bites


Updated November 11, 2013

Chigger Bites After 2 Weeks
(c) Lance Ogren
A reader sends in a photo of these scaly chigger bites to show the damage after 2 weeks of pain and itching.

Chiggers are the larvae (babies) of harvest mites or Trombiculidae. Closely related to ticks, these mites are arachnids, part of the same family that includes spiders and scorpions.

Chiggers like legs. They are repelled by DEET, so spray it on (it's found in many bug repellents). This picture of fresh chigger bites shows how socks and shoes are nothing compared to good bug spray for preventing chigger bites.

Have a spider bite you want to share? Submit a picture of your spider bite.

Want to talk about spider bites? Ask others and see more bites on the First Aid Forum.

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