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  •  The nail polish works all the same. (1+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson

    I've found it stops the itching for about a day, and then I have to reapply it.  Long ago I figured that debunked the notion of something alive under the skin--although I was told that was the chigger itself, camping out like a tick, not an egg.  I'm guessing the itch control is the effect of some chemical in the nail polish that wears off with time.

    •  one possibility--oxygen (2+ / 0-)
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      Flying Goat, political mutt

      Somewhere I read that the reason the bite hurts is the enzymes from the chigger are using oxygen to do their decomposing trick. The nail polish seals off the air and thus reduces the pain.

      So the "smothering" story may be partly true--but it's not smothering an insect, rather it's smothering a chemical process.

      In my long experience with chigger bites, the nail polish trick works only partly. Maybe it's because I'm very susceptible, possibly allergic. Or maybe it makes a difference at what stage the bite has developed before you put the polish on--timing?

      I now use cedar oil as a preventive spray on my skin--it works! Seldom get the bites any more.

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