If you’ve ever woken up to discover that you have red bumps or an itchy rash on your skin, primarily on your hands, legs, and neck, this could be a sign of a bed bug infestation. While the severity may vary from person to person due to how each person’s system reacts to these kinds of bites, one prevailing thought unites everyone who has been bitten: they want to know how to treat bed bug bites. Here are some tips to help effectively alleviate the irritation when the bed bugs bite.
Know the Difference
It is first important to note that while bed bug bites look a lot like mosquito bites, they do have certain characteristics that make them different. Bed bug bites are primarily a blotchy mark with a slightly red, raised center. They also do not appear immediately after being bitten like a mosquito bite would. Bed bug bites are also more likely to appear on the skin in areas that are left exposed while in bed.
Home Remedies for How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
There are many ways to treat bed bug bites with some effective home remedies, which will alleviate the itchiness and discomfort:
- Bites should be washed with soap and water to help minimize the risk of infection.
- Ice packs can help if the bed bug bites have become swollen due to being scratched.
- Calamine lotion is one way to help stop the itching and prevent too much scratching, which could otherwise lead to infection.
- One home remedy is to mix baking soda and water until it becomes a thick paste and then place this over the bite area(s). After it dries, it can be rinsed off.
- Other home remedies that help with the itching of bed bug bites includes apple cider vinegar, oatmeal and water, witch hazel, tea tree oil, diluted peppermint oil and aloe vera gel.
Physician Remedies for Bed Bug Bites
If the itching or infection from the scratching worsens, you can also see a physician for treatment. They will more than likely give you an antiseptic lotion or antibiotic cream or even oral antihistamines in order to alleviate the symptoms of bed bug bites.
In reviewing the main ways to treat bed bug bites, here are the key points:
- Identify bed bug bites by their size, location, and color.
- Bed bug bites can often be treated with home remedies, including soap and water, ice packs, and natural home remedies like baking soda and water, oatmeal and water, calamine lotion, or aloe vera among other solutions.
- If the itching worsens or if the bites appear to have become infected, it is best to consult with a physician who can prescribe something stronger like an oral antihistamine or antibiotic cream.