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Chigger Bites: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention
Small but savage, chiggers are a common annoyance for people who love the outdoors. But what exactly are chiggers and how can you prevent a chigger bite?
What are chiggers
Chiggers are actually arachnids, in the same family as spiders and ticks. Chigger bites come from chigger larvae. When they hatch young chiggers can’t fly. Instead they tend to clump together on the ground on grass and leaves. When you play or walk in their habitat, they can easily climb onto your clothes and travel to a nearby patch of skin.
Tiny but mighty, chigger larvae have sharp claws. Once on your skin a chigger takes tiny bites and injects saliva under your skin. The resulting ‘mush’ is their food source. A chigger can remain on your skin for several days, feeding.
Where do chiggers live
Chiggers are common around the world in damp grassy fields, near lakes and streams, in forests, and even in your lawn. They are common in late spring, summer and early fall, and die when temps get below 42 degrees F.
What do chigger bites look like?
Symptoms of chigger bites are red bumps, blisters or a rash with severe itching. Chigger bites are most common on your legs and waist. Boys and men can get bites in their groin and penis which can swell and lead to problems urinating. The good news is chigger bites, while annoying, are not known to carry disease.
Treatment for chigger bites
Chigger bites can be treated at home, but can take up to several weeks to completely heal. While it’s hard to do, avoid itching, which can break your skin and lead to an infection. An ice pack or a cold compresses can help sooth itchy skin. Treat chigger bites with over-the-counter, anti-itch cortisone cream or ointment, and over-the-counter antihistamines.
Schedule a virtual visit with your doctor if your chigger bites have not started to get better in a few days. Depending on the symptoms, I may prescribe a steroid cream or ointment to relieve severe itching and swelling, or an antibiotic if your bites look infected.
Prevention of chigger bites
If you need to go into an area where chiggers are common, prepare. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants tucked into your boots or shoes. Then, use a bug spray containing permethrin on your clothes and shoes. Avoid spraying your exposed skin. Once you’re home:
- check your skin carefully
- take a shower or bath
- wash your clothes, and any blankets or towels that touched the ground, in hot water
Chigger Resource Page
Chiggers, sometimes called the “redbug” or “harvest mite,” are the larval stage of a mite (Trombicula alfreddugesi) and technically they are not insects. Chiggers are “arachnids,” in the same family as spiders and ticks. During summer, chigger larvae climb onto people and animals while they walk around in infested outdoors vegetation. Chiggers are parasites and their feeding leaves intensely itchy, small reddish welts on the skin.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE CHIGGERS?
Chiggers are nearly impossible to see without the aid of a magnifying glass; but the itching that follows a chigger bite is hard to miss.
Chigger bites often develop tiny red bumps that look like blisters, tiny hives, or small pimples.
People are often bitten by chiggers around the ankles, waist, under arms, and in skin folds after they have been in an outdoor area infested with chigger mites.
WHY DO CHIGGERS BITE?
The chigger larvae must feed on animal tissue in order to mature. The chigger mite is only parasitic during the larvae stage of its lifecycle.
Larvae wait in large numbers on the tops of grass, leaves, and twigs – usually less than a foot off the ground – for a warm-blooded animal to brush past. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide exhaled by the host and are sensitive to movement. Typically, dozens or more chigger larvae will fasten onto a host at one time.
Once on the host, the chigger larvae look for possible feeding sites. Often chiggers will stop to feed where their movement has been impeded by tight clothing such as a waistband, sock top, or even a backpack strap. The back of knees, under arms, between thighs, in the crook of elbows, and other areas where the skin is folded or thin are also prime feeding areas for the chigger larvae.
To feed, the chigger inserts its mouthparts, called chelicerae, into the host’s skin; usually in a skin pore or hair follicle. Once the chigger is attached, it secretes saliva, which contains proteolytic enzymes, into the host’s skin. The digestive enzymes liquefy the skin tissue so the chigger can ingest it.
The area around the chigger bites soon hardens and a feeding tube, called a sylostome, forms in the puncture wound. It is the feeding tube that causes the itchy, red bump.
ARE CHIGGER BITES DANGEROUS?
Not in North America*. While chigger bites can cause intense itching and may cause an allergic reaction in some people, chiggers in our area are not known to transmit any disease-causing pathogens.
The itching from chigger bites can usually be treated with over-the-counter ointments. The bumps will heal within two weeks.
Secondary infections from scratching are possible.
(* Another species of the mite, Leptotrombidium delicense, found in East Asia and the South Pacific can carry the tiny bacterium that causes scrub typhus.)
HOW DO I GET CHIGGERS OFF ME?
Chigger larvae are fragile creatures.
Take a hot shower or bath soon after you have been in an area prone to chiggers. Apply a thick lather of soap, rinse, and repeat.
A brusque toweling should dislodge or crush any remaining larvae. (Even without a bath.)
WHAT DO CHIGGERS LOOK LIKE?
Adult mites are approximately 1/60” in length, have eight legs, and are reddish-orange in color.
Nymphs are yellowish and have eight legs.
Larvae have six legs, are yellow to light red in color, and have a body diameter of approximately 1/125” – 1/100”.
WHY ARE CHIGGERS IN MY YARD?
Chiggers most likely hitched a ride into your yard while feeding on reptiles, amphibians, or small mammals.
Your yard will be attractive to chiggers if there is tall grass, weeds, or shrubbery and moisture to survive.
Also, plenty of organic material on or in the soil provides a suitable environment for the adult mites.
WHAT DO CHIGGERS EAT?
Unlike mosquitoes, ticks, or bed bugs that feed on blood, chigger larvae feed on liquefied skin tissue.
Nymphs and adult chiggers feed on decaying organic matter and insects in the soil. They are not considered a pest to humans.
WHAT IS THE LIFECYCLE OF CHIGGERS?
- Chiggers go through a complete metamorphosis life cycle and contain four separate and distinct stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.
- In the spring, Adult female mites lay from one to five eggs per day in leaf litter, vegetation and lawns. After five to seven days, the eggs hatch into 6-legged chigger larvae.
- Chigger larvae will feed on the skin tissue of a warm-blooded host for 3-4 days and then drop off the host to molt.
- After a week or ten days in the ground, the larvae molt into a nymph with eight legs.
- After two weeks to one month, nymphs molt into adults. An adult chigger mite resembles the nymph, but is larger.
- Chigger mites are active when the ground temperature is between 77°F and 86°F.
- Adult chiggers overwinter in protected places. They will die if exposed to temperatures colder than 42°F.
- In total, the life cycle of the North American chiggers require 50 to 70 days to develop from egg to adult.
- In Minnesota there is only one generation per year.
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHIGGERS:
Chiggers typically will not survive on humans more than three days.
Chigger larvae attach to a host, but they do not burrow into the flesh.
The itching from a chigger bite does not begin until three or more hours after the feeding.
It is possible to have hundreds or even thousands of chiggers on your body after being in an infested area. Fortunately, chigger larvae cannot easily attach, so relatively few chiggers successfully bite.
Chiggers live in every country around the world.
Flea, Mite, or Chigger Bites in Children
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What are flea, mite, or chigger bites in children?
Fleas, mites, and chiggers are different kinds of small insects. They
are also parasites. This means they feed off the blood, skin, or both of animals and
humans. These insects are more common in the warm weather. They bite skin and cause
symptoms such as bumps, redness, pain, or itching.
What causes flea, mite, or chigger bites in a child?
Fleas, mites, and chiggers often bite humans, but these bugs are not harmful. Close contact with the insects outdoors can lead to bites.
Which children are at risk for flea, mite, or chigger bites?
Children who spend more time outdoors in the summer with skin exposed are more likely to get insect bites.
What are the symptoms of flea, mite, or chigger bites in a child?
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
- Small bumps on the skin
- Pain or itching in the area
- Redness, swelling, or blistering
The symptoms of flea, mite, or chigger bites can seem like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
How are flea, mite, or chigger bites diagnosed in a child?
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam.
It may be difficult to tell which type of insect caused the bites. It can also be hard to tell if the symptoms are from poison ivy or other skin condition.
How are flea, mite, or chigger bites treated in a child?
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Treatment may include:
- Cleaning the area well with soap and water.
- Giving your child an allergy medicine (antihistamine) for itching. Antihistamines can be taken by mouth (orally) as a pill or liquid. Or they can be applied to the skin (topical) in the form of a cream or ointment. Be sure to follow the instructions on the medicine label.
- Giving your child an over-the-counter pain medicine if advised by the healthcare provider. Follow the provider’s instructions when giving these medicines to your child. Don’t use ibuprofen in children younger than 6 months old. Don’t give your child aspirin. Always talk with your child’s provider before giving these medicines if your child has chronic liver or kidney disease or has ever had a stomach ulcer or GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding.
- Keeping your child’s fingernails short. This is to prevent a skin infection caused by scratching.
What can I do to prevent flea, mite, or chigger bites in my child?
You can help prevent insect bites in your child by:
- Talking with your child’s healthcare provider about a safe insect repellent to use on your child
- Not using heavily scented soaps, lotions, and other products on your child
- Having your child wear long sleeves and long pants when possible
- Tucking your child’s pant legs into his or her socks or shoes
- Making sure your child avoids wooded, brushy, and grassy areas when possible
- Using products to protect your pets from fleas
When should I call my child’s healthcare provider?
Call your child’s healthcare provider if your child has the following symptoms:
- Pain or itching that gets worse
- Signs of infection such as redness, warmth, swelling, or fluid leaking from the skin
- Nausea and vomiting
Call 911 if your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction such as:
- Trouble breathing
- Tightness in the throat or chest
Key points about flea, mite, or chigger bites in children
- Fleas, mites, and chiggers are different kinds of small insects.
- They bite skin and cause symptoms such as bumps, redness, pain, or itching.
- Close contact with the insects outdoors can lead to bites.
- Treatment may include allergy medicine and over-the-counter pain medicine.
- You can help prevent insect bites in your child by using a safe insect repellent.
- Call 911 if your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction such as trouble breathing or tightness in the throat or chest.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
- Know the reason for the visit and what you want to happen.
- Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
- At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments, or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you for your child.
- Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed and how it will help your child. Also know what the side effects are.
- Ask if your child’s condition can be treated in other ways.
- Know why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean.
- Know what to expect if your child does not take the medicine or have the test or procedure.
- If your child has a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that visit.
- Know how you can contact your child’s provider after office hours. This is important if your child becomes ill and you have questions or need advice.
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How to Get Rid of Chiggers at Your Home. Tips & Resources
Chiggers are sneaky little creatures that are part of the Arachnid family. They are so small it’s difficult to even know you’re in an area infested by chiggers. And because you can’t see or feel chiggers initially, you won’t even know they’re happily feasting on your skin until it’s too late. It won’t be until much later when your skin begins to itch with fury that you’ll realize you’ve fallen victim to chiggers. Because the itch of chigger bites can last up to two weeks, you’ll be reminded daily that you were once a tasty meal to a group of chiggers.
It’s bad enough being bitten by chiggers when you’re out in the wilderness, but when it happens in your own backyard? Well, that’s just unsettling. Knowing you can’t step outside and safely enjoy your own yard puts a damper on all of your fun outdoor plans.
Read on to learn more about chiggers and how to get rid of chiggers in your yard.
Do Chiggers Bite?
Chiggers actually aren’t particularly good at biting, so they tend to bite thin skin. They gravitate towards soft, light, and moist areas of the body.
Contrary to some beliefs, chiggers don’t burrow into your skin. They pierce skin cells with their mouths, and their saliva makes the skin cell wall liquefy. The chigger ingests this fluid and then drops off you.
You won’t notice any of this. In fact, you won’t be aware of what happened to you until three to six hours later when the bite will begin itching. You’ll notice a red welt within the next 10 to 16 hours. The chigger will be nowhere to be found at this point.
Chiggers like to get into areas of your skin where your clothing fits tight — the tops of your socks, at the waistband (especially if you’re wearing a tight belt), in the armpits, and in the groin area.
Do You Have Chiggers in Your Yard?
The familiar itching chiggers leave behind after they’ve spent time biting your skin will always be a good indication that you could have chiggers in your yard (that is, if you’ve recently spent time in your yard). To find out for sure, though, follow this simple test.
First, cover your body with protective clothing. Then, find a spot in your yard that is moist, shady, and has thick vegetation. Chiggers avoid hot, sunny places, and are not found on dry ground or in mowed grass.
Place a black piece of cardboard (about 6 inches by 6 inches) in an area of your yard with thick vegetation and stand back for a few minutes. If you do indeed have chiggers in this area, they’ll gather near the top of your cardboard after several minutes. And because they’re red and they cluster together, you should be able to see them with your eye.
Keep in mind that you may not find chiggers spread throughout all areas of dense vegetation. The tiny bugs tend to cluster in areas because all females lay their eggs in one location. Just because you don’t find chiggers in one shady, moist area doesn’t mean you don’t have them in another.
How to Prevent Chiggers
Remember chiggers prefer dense and moist vegetation. Removing these areas from your yard will go a long way in preventing chiggers from setting up residence at your address. Clear your yard of:
- Leaf litter
- Overgrown lawns
- Ground covers
- Weedy areas
- Densely planted trees or shrubs
This means you’ll need to keep your lawns mowed short, paying attention to the edges of your grass where it meets landscape beds or woody areas. You’ll also need to regularly weed, trim, and prune your plants.
In addition to keeping your yard free of dense vegetation, think about the animals that may be entering your property. Because chiggers also feed on mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, do what you can to keep these animals from spending time in your yard. Discourage amphibians and reptiles from finding their way to your yard by getting rid of sources of water. Removing dense foliage will also keep small mammals from spending time on your property. Make sure you keep trash cans covered, and keep your yard fenced.
Wear repellant when you’ll be spending time outdoors, and wash your clothes if you suspect you may have come in contact with chiggers. After being outside, immediately take a hot, soapy shower in case you came in contact with chiggers. Chiggers can wander around on your body for a while before they find a spot to bite, so you may be able to wash them off before they get a chance to bite you.
How to Get Rid of Chiggers in Your Yard
Because chiggers stick together and can breed three generations throughout the summer, it’s difficult to fully rid your yard of chiggers, making chigger elimination difficult for the average homeowner.
While keeping your lawn mowed, trees and bushes trimmed, and your yard free of debris can go a long way towards repelling chiggers, you may still have some spots that are irresistible to the little pests. If you know exactly where the chiggers are setting up camp on your property, you can try diatomaceous earth to get rid of the chiggers. Sprinkle a good amount over areas that provide ideal conditions (shady, cool, moist) for chiggers.
However, you may still encounter a new chigger happy spot later on.
The Best Chiggers Treatment
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Chigger Mite Facts & Information
Size: Chigger mite adults are larger than the nymphs and larvae, being about 1 mm (@ 1/25th inch long). Chigger larvae are very small, about 0.15 to 0.25 mm long.
Color: Nymphs are reddish orange while adults are bright red.
Legs: Larvae have six legs while nymphs and adults both have eight.
There are many species of chiggers located within the U.S., but the most common species encountered by people are trombicula alfreddugesi and trombicula splendens.
Chigger mites develop by going through 4 distinct life stages – eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. The life cycle begins when the female adult lays eggs in or on the soil. After the eggs hatch, larvae crawl upon the soil surface and low growing vegetation where they wait until they find a suitable host to attach to and begin to feed. The larval stage is the only parasitic stage of the mite’s life cycle.
Depending upon the temperature and other environmental factors, chigger mites complete one life cycle in about 2 – 3 months. In favorable climates, they may complete 3 generations per year.
Preferred hosts of the larvae are people, snakes, birds, and many species of small mammals. Chigger mite larvae penetrate the host’s skin and inject a secretion that breaks down and digests the skin cell. The larvae then suck up the digested liquid. The host’s skin becomes hard and a tube forms in which the chigger’s mouthparts remain until feeding stops or the chigger is dislodged. Generally, they feed several days (if not dislodged), drop to the ground, and develop into mite nymphs.
Nymphs and adults do not infest the same hosts as larvae. Instead, they feed on the eggs and young of insects and other small arthropods in and on the soil surface.
Trombicula alfreddugesi and splendens are common in the southeastern and Midwestern states, plus some areas in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River valley regions. However, even in areas of preferred habitat, chigger populations may be sparse in one area and very heavily concentrated in a nearby area.
Preferred chigger mite habitat are areas of thick, scrub-type vegetation, grassy areas where the soil is undisturbed and they can “latch” onto hosts that may be passing by. Generally, these pests are found in rural, less disturbed areas, but can persist for several years in their habitat associated with new housing subdivisions.
Adult males move around their preferred habitat and deposit very tiny capsules of sperm known as spermatophores that the females will find and insert into a structure on their body known as the genital pore. About two weeks after fertilization of the eggs, females drop fertilized eggs onto the soil surface.
Chiggers on Pets
For cats, chiggers may be found on the inside of the animal’s ears. The reaction of dogs and cats to chiggers range from scratching at the site of infestation to the animal being unaware of the chigger’s presence. People do not get chiggers from contact their pets. Rather, chiggers on both pets and people almost always mean that both were outside in areas where chiggers were numerous.
Chiggers, Jiggers, Harvest Mites, or Red Bugs,
Control: The best defense against chiggers is to avoid or repel them. Before going into an area where chiggers may be present, protect yourself by using a repellent containing DEET or permethrin. Wear loose fitting clothing that is made of tightly woven material. Remove and launder clothing as soon as possible after exposure to the chiggers. A warm shower taken within an hour or two after exposure greatly reduces the number of irritating bites. If the itching has started, though, it is too late for bathing to do much good. Please contact your local county extension office for current information.
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90,000 Doctors have listed 7 unusual early symptoms of skin cancer – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Some formations on the skin can warn a person that he is developing an oncological process. As the Mirror informs with reference to doctors, a person does not always recognize them correctly, so you need to immediately contact a doctor to determine their nature.
British researchers advise to be vigilant if a scar-like or waxy thickening appears on the skin.Especially if it starts to grow in size.
According to Dr. Ross Perry, it is possible that this is a manifestation of basal cell carcinoma. This disease usually occurs due to overexposure to sunlight. In the early stages, it is treatable, therefore, if you notice such a formation on the skin, you should consult your doctor.
Another symptom is a rash that can appear on the eyelids. People generally do not protect these areas of skin from the sun with special lotions. This rash is red, black, or brown.The person is worried about irritation in these places. Do not ignore him, it is better to find out the real reason.
Doctors recommend to be alert if you notice dark spots under the nails of your hands or feet. They can develop under the thumbnails if repeatedly injured. This sign warns of melanoma, its treatment must be started without delaying, otherwise it will appear not only under the nails.
Oncologists say that basalioma can appear on the scalp and neck.However, the most serious danger to humans is carcinoma. Most often it is detected in males. If your scalp is itchy, you need to find out if it has sores, blemishes, or other unusual growths.
To avoid problems, wear a hat on sunny days. Such simple measures can significantly reduce the risk of cancer processes.
Precautions should be taken if moles appear on the body or if existing ones begin to grow, itch or cause any discomfort.The doctor will help you find out their nature and take all the necessary actions in time.
Poorly healing abscesses, inflammations and ulcers in some cases can also signal cancer. Blood oozing from the wound, the unusual surface of the skin areas – all this is a reason to go to the hospital and figure out the reasons.
Doctors said that patients sometimes take malignant formations for insect bites. However, the bites heal rather quickly, and the red spots disguising themselves as them do not go away and are troublesome.They can also be a sign of cancer. For all questions related to health, you must seek the advice of a doctor.
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A resident of Malvern, Worcestershire, spoke of bullying by others due to a skin disorder. The relevant material is published by The Sun.
According to 29-year-old Kirsty Jennings, who suffers from psoriasis, strangers often described her appearance as disgusting due to skin lesions all over her body and face.
The heroine of the material first discovered the problem at the age of 17 in the elbow area. “At first I thought it was just dry skin and started moisturizing it with cream.However, the ulcer began to grow and I realized that it was psoriasis. It usually appears either as a result of physical trauma or emotional stress. At that moment I was just moving away from my parents and was experiencing stress, ”she explained.
As soon as the disease spread to the knees and scalp, Jennings went to the doctor. After examination, he confirmed her diagnosis and prescribed steroid ointments and a very oily scalp treatment to her. According to the woman, the only thing that bothered her was oily hair after applying it.
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“The first time I used this product, I couldn’t wash it and I had to spend a day at work. evading the views of colleagues. I remember crying when I called the doctor and asked him to prescribe me something else, ”Jennings admitted.
Despite the selection of other ointments, the disease only worsened, which negatively affected the woman’s self-esteem. She noted that during the heat she had to wear closed clothes to hide her skin.
“Once I dared and put on knee-length shorts to go to the grocery store.A woman passing by said that I looked disgusting and that I should wear pants, ”a resident of Malvern recalled. She added that her boyfriend Rick helps her deal with negativity. The man regularly calls her beautiful, supports, helps to apply ointments to the affected areas of the body.
At the moment, the heroine of the material managed to find an effective treatment, the details of which she did not disclose. “Within a week, the redness on my hands and forehead was dramatically reduced, and after a month the difference from how I looked before was incredible,” she concluded.
In August, a girl with an incurable disease was insulted in the salon because of the appearance of her hands. Web user Moni posted a video showing her hands covered in spots, sores and scaling due to psoriasis. She said that she decided to get a manicure at a local beauty salon, where the master began to criticize her because of the condition of the skin on her hands.
How to get beautiful skin tones in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. 3 Councils
Skin color can be one of the most difficult aspects of photography to master.A pleasing skin tone will make the image more attractive. If you know what steps you need to take for this, then it will be quite easy for you to cope with the skin. Using these three easy steps and just Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), you can achieve more balanced and eye-pleasing skin tones.
Note: Working in Lightroom , you can do the same, because the sliders and options are the same!
When trying to achieve beautiful skin tones in a photograph, the first thing you should look for is white balance.The correct white balance will provide a basis for further work on the skin tone. If the white balance is too cold, the skin will appear gray or bluish. On the other hand, if it’s too warm, the skin will look yellow or orange. None of these options will be pleasing to the eye, and will make the skin even more difficult to process afterwards.
Use the dedicated tool to find out if the white balance is correct. It looks like an eyedropper and is located at the top of the working window.This is the third tool from the left. Click on it and then on the white area of the image. You can start with the whites of your eyes. This should give you an idea of where to set the white balance. If the image is still too warm or cold for you, then use the Temperature slider on the right, which is the very first one. Adjust it by moving left or right until you find the desired white balance. You may need to adjust the Tint.
Then make sure the exposure is correct.Take a look at the histogram located in the upper right corner of the screen. Ideally, it should look like a smooth bell shape with the highest point in the middle. The line should not go to the extreme left or right position. This will indicate that the photo is underexposed or overexposed, resulting in the skin tone being either gray and dark, or too light and faded in some areas.
If the histogram line is in extreme positions, use the Exposure slider to fix it.This is the third slider from the top on the right side of the screen, move it to the right or left. Check the histogram. If the main part of it is in the middle, then you did everything right! Some photos will have areas that are too light or too dark, causing the histogram to appear sharp. This often happens when there is a bright sky in the background. In this case, the histogram in the right corner will go beyond the limits. In an image like this, you should look at where the main part of the histogram is, and ignore the areas that go beyond its borders.
Finally, to brighten the skin tone, you will need to move the Luminosity slider (look for the HSL / Grayscale panel, Luminosity). Just below the histogram, you will see a horizontal row of buttons. The fourth from the left is HSL / Grayscale, click on this button. You will have three bookmarks. Click on the Luminosity tab. Select the orange slider, second from the top, and move it to the right. You will see that it affects mainly the skin while leaving the rest of the area intact.