How To Deal With Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites differ from one person to another. Some don’t notice them but others, usually those who are allergic to insect bites, will experience extreme itching with rash. Being able to treat bed bug bites the right way depends on correctly identifying whether or not bed bugs are really the culprit

Identify bed bug bites

This is fairly hard to do and even doctors may sometimes mistake the bites to come from mosquitoes. There is usually a pattern for bed bug bites, some show only one bite spread out, others show a couple appearing in a row. The time when the bites occur can also help you identify if bed bugs are the cause of your rash. Reaction times for every individual may vary, some will show rashes after a couple of hours and some will take days. If you suspect that you do have bed bug bites, check your bed. Make sure to check your beddings, your bed and all seams. The most common things to look for will be blood spots, either from you or the bed bug being squashed, empty bed bug skins, carcasses or feces. If any one of these is present on your bed, call your exterminator immediately or treat the bed bugs yourself.

Look for over the counter bed bug bite medication

Anti-itch over the counter creams that have cortisone or hydrocortisone will do the trick to relieve you of the itch and get rid of the rash. Calamine is also good for treating the rash and helps your skin heal. Antihistamine will help in relieving the swelling and topical anesthetic or ibuprofen can help you get rid of the pain if there is any. If you are allergic to any medication, make sure to consult with your physician first to make sure the medicine you take will not give you more problems later on.

Try bed bug bite home remedies

For those who have allergies to medication or those who prefer home remedies, there are things that could help you deal with the bed bug bites. Baking water and soda paste can be applied to the rash. Let it dry and rinse it off with warm water after. Lemon juice or witch hazel can also be applied to the rash as natural astringents that will aid in minimizing the itch and make the rash dry. Aloe Vera gel can be used for its anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. White vinegar can greatly reduce the bites but if your whole body has been infested with the bites, soak your self in a warm bath that has peppermint oil, baking soda, Alka-Seltzer or powdered oatmeal.

Bed bugs are annoying and usually, it is often too late when people notice that their beds are full of them. To avoid bed bug infestation, make sure you keep your bed clean and clear from moisture and food particles. Have it checked by a pest control technician on a regular basis and do what you can do to save yourself from the trouble of having to buy a new bed.

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