Treatment for Bed Bug Bites

Reaction to bed bug bites varies from person to person. Some people with sensitive skin can develop intense reactions while others will not react at all. Most people who get bitten, however, usually develop rashes and red welts that quickly become irritated and feel itchy. The irritation is similar to that of a mosquito bite, except that beg bugs feed in groups, which results in dozens of welts on your legs, arms and back. Although the bites do not easily go away, home remedies and over-the-counter medicines can be used as treatment for bed bug bites to help ease any itchiness, swelling, or irritation.

When infestations are small and bed bug bites are not prevalent, it’s difficult to tell whether the several bite marks on your arm are mosquito bites, flea bites or actual bed bug bites. According to Bed Bug Info, bed bug bites look generic but appear in patters of three to four welts, usually in a line. This, however, is not a given, as bed bugs affect different people differently.

Bed bug bites visible hours after feeding

If you are one of the many people that get an uncomfortable reaction when bitten, don’t worry–there are a number of easy remedies to soothe the itch.

The easiest (temporary) solution is to take a hot shower, which will for a short time calm the itchiness and irritation. Ice cubes or an ice pack can also soothe the bites for a brief period.

Some relatively common household items can be used to treat bed bug bites. You can combine baking soda with a little water to make a paste that can be applied to bitten areas. Baking soda is a base and will neutralize any acidic chemicals that caused the bite to become irritated in the first place. Aloe vera gel, besides being excellent for burns, can be used effectively to relieve bed bug bites. If you have calamine lotion around the house, that can be used for some moderate relief as well.

Over-the-counter creams, such as ammonium lactate cream and hydrocortisone skin cream, are proven to reduce swelling and calm the itch, as well as some allergy medicines, like Benadryl and Atarax, and even simple anti-inflammatory medicines, like ibuprofen and aspirin, can help too.

Bed bugs can be a huge problem, but their bites are not and can be alleviated in a number of inexpensive ways. But if your infestation has grown and the bed bugs keep biting, the best relief – and this should be your first priority anyway – is getting rid of the infestation. Here is a preparation list you can look over before hiring any professional help. Remember, the best solution is to have no bed bugs at all.

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