"Chiggers in Purgatory" Show

Sep 12, 2017

It’s late summer, and Health Matters has stayed up late at night contemplating chiggers. OK, we stayed up all night scratching, but still the questions came up. If a cancer-sniffing dog said you had cancer, would you believe it? Should you finish your antibiotics if you already feel better? Why do people with Parkinson’s disease have a higher risk of melanoma? When should we prepare our dermatologists to diagnose disease in dark-skinned people? And will there be chiggers in purgatory?

Tip: After exposure to chiggers (tall grass, warm damp soil in late summer), the rash can be minimized by taking a hot soapy bath or shower as soon as possible, and washing clothes with hot water.