A bed bug bite might be a bit difficult to identify, as its appearance may vary depending on the person bitten. In some cases, some people may not even seem like they have been bitten; while, some would develop rashes and severe itching. But before trying out cures and learning how to treat bed bug bites, one should know if the bites are really caused by the insect.
To do that, one must examine the bites carefully. A bite from these bloodsucking pests is commonly found in the shoulders, arms, and legs, and is similar to other bugs’ bites, like a mosquito. This makes it quite difficult to tell if a bed bug is responsible for it. However, one should know that bed bugs usually bite in a pattern, which is three to five in a row. On an interesting note, even doctors cannot say for sure from just looking at one bite if it is dealt by a bed bug.
Over the Counter Medications
There are a lot of topical remedies that can be easily bought at local drugstores that are effective from relieving pain to protecting the skin. The first is a steroidal anti-itch cream that includes, but not limited to, cortisone or hydro-cortisone. This will speed up the recovery process. Another treatment is a simple calamine lotion which keeps the skin healthy, dries up the rash, and prevents itchiness. Lastly, a topical anesthetic is also around which contains diphendrydramine that helps in stopping the itchiness and pain.
Lemon juice is a natural astringent which can dry up a bad case of bed bug bite instantly. It can also help stop itches. To use this, simply dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and gently dab it on the affected area. Take caution, as this method may sting a bit depending on the condition of the bite.
Aloe vera contains both antifungal and antibiotic properties, that are effective in treating bed bug bites. Simply apply a small amount on the affected area and leave it on for about an hour or so before rinsing it with warm water.
Baking Soda and Water
A paste made out of baking soda is a commonly used method to treat bed bug bites. To do this, simply mix about a cup of baking soda and gradually add water while stirring. Once it looks pasty enough, it’s all set to be used. Apply it on the affected area until it dries up or hardens (which takes about an hour or more). Rinse it off with warm water afterwards.
If all else fails and the symptoms are too severe to handle, it is advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Bed bug bites are easily treatable and actually disappear on their own (about one to two weeks). All these remedies on how to treat bed bug bites are mainly for relief and to speed up the recovery process. Simply put, don’t worry too much about the remedies if there are no severe rashes; worry more about how to get rid of bed bugs instead!