How to get rid of bed bug bites? The ultimate guide
This article is the first in a series of articles that will guide you on how to get rid of bed bug bites. This topic is extermely important for many people. When you’re faced with a bed bug infestation, bed bug bites are inevitable. Some people may react badly to the bites. Others may not even notice they have been bitten for days after the incident. In such cases, the question that pops in many people’s minds is how to get rid of bed bug bites.
For the case of people that react badly to the bite, over the counter medications may be prescribed in addition to a visit to the doctor. In other scenarios however, a simple homemade remedy or two may solve the problem.
Bed bugs generally feed on human blood. But they are also capable of feeding on other blood such as that of dogs, cats, rodents, bats or guinea pigs. As such, when getting rid of them it is also important for taking care of your pets as well.
In order to have a better understanding of bed bug bites, this article will be broken down into sub-articles. A glimpse of the sub-articles will be presented in the form of a ‘table of contents’.
Table of contents
- 1 How to get rid of bed bug bites
- 2 How do bed bugs’ bites look?
- 3 Where do bed bugs bite?
- 4 How long do bed bug bites last?
- 5 When do bed bug bites show up?
- 6 How to treat bed bug bites
- 7 Why does bed bug bites itch?
- 8 Conclusion
How to get rid of bed bug bites
There are a number of ways to get rid of bed bug bites. You can go the natural way or you can go the medical prescription way. As mentioned before, different people react differently to bed bug bites. As such, different remedies will work wonders on different individuals.
The natural way
There are a number of natural remedies to getting rid of bed bug bites some of which include:
- One of the first remedies to a bed bug bite is the use of soap and water on the affected area. This helps alleviate some of the itchings and fights an infection.
- You can make use of a cold compress to help relieve some of the itching from the bite. The cold compress can also help rashes on the affected area.
- Make use of apple cider vinegar to help relieve the itch and redness of the affected area.
- Apply lemon juice on the affected area to help relieve the itching.
- Make use of witch hazel to no only help relieve the itch but also help fight possible infections.
- Baking soda can be used to not only help reduce the itching sensation but also dry out he inflamed skin rashes. Be sure to mix the baking soda to a little water; it will form a thick paste before applying to the affected area.
- If you have access to fresh or pure Aloe Vera then you should definitely consider applying the gel on the affected area. The gel not only helps relieve the itching but also helps reduce inflammation and reduce skin irritation.
- Make an oatmeal paste with yogurt to soothe the bed bug bites. This paste helps not only to relieve itching but also to reduce irritation and swelling associated with bed bug bites.
- Honey is another great homemade remedy for getting rid of bed bug bites. This natural remedy helps to soothe the itch and prevent skin infections.
- Cucumber can soothe discomfort brought about by the bed bug bite(s). Be sure to apply a slice of cucumber that has come right out of the refrigerator if you wish to soothe the rash.
- Last but not least, you can make use of a number of essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil to help get rid of the bed bug bites. Be sure to dilute the oil however before applying it on your skin!
The medical way
Ideally, you should opt to see a doctor when the bites cause immense discomfort to you. This means that you should visit a doctor if you notice multiple bites or blisters on your body. You should definitely visit the doctor in case you see oozing or pus from the area(s) of the bite-mark or if you notice an infection or get a severe reaction from the bite.
In such cases, light medicines such as corticosteroid cream may be prescribed. In more severe cases, a stronger prescription of the same medicine may be prescribed. In addition, an anti-itch cream may be prescribed to help relieve some of the itching on the bite area. In case of an infection, an antiseptic cream or lotion is advised – otherwise, the best option is to seek professional help if the itching doesn’t seem to let out or if it gets worse.
How to get rid of bed bug bites: when to see a doctor
There are times when no matter what you apply to the affected area, no change occurs. In such instances, it is advisable to seek the help of a doctor too. In addition, you should consider seeing a doctor if the bites persist past the one week, you have an allergic reaction to the bite or if you notice that the bites start to blister.
What happens when you are bitten?
Generally speaking, bed bugs tend to feed on their hosts as they sleep. The bed bug will approach the host and make itself home on exposed skin. It will then proceed to inject a small amount of saliva on the exposed skin before proceeding to suckle the blood. Once the feeding is done, the bed bug will go back to is hiding place. The host may not notice that he may have been until days later when the skin may begin to develop a rash, welts or when it starts to itch.
Luckily, you don’t have to worry about bed bugs transmitting diseases to humans. They, however, can be a serious inconvenience when they decide to make themselves at home in a particular setting.
How do bed bugs’ bites look?
Unfortunately, most people may not easily determine that the bite on their skin is a bed bug bite. This is because the bite can look like one that came from a number of bugs such as mosquitoes or fleas. The bites may also look like rashes on people with eczema or a fungal infection.
General speaking, however, you can tell that yours is a bed bug bite if:
- You notice raised, wet welts;
- Your skin starts to burn or itch;
- If you notice straight lines of a number of bites on your skin;
- In case you notice a burning itching sensation on your skin-this is especial the case if you notice the welts or rushes at the same time.
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Where do bed bugs bite?
Generally speaking, bed bugs will bite any part of the human or sometimes animal body as long as it is exposed. More often than not however, bed bugs tend to bite places such as the neck, arms and legs.
Before feeding, bed bugs are flat and oval in nature. After feeding however, they tend to become rounder. In terms of how much they feed, bed bugs are capable of sucking up to six times their initial weight in blood. The redder it becomes, the more it possibly has fed on.
Even if you clear the household hoping that the bed bugs will disappear, this may not happen. The reason behind this is they are more than capable of surviving for up to a year without feeding. In addition, if you capture one and think that you are going to deprive it of oxygen until it dies then you might be in for a long wait. This is because bed bugs are also capable of surviving without oxygen for a long period of time as well.
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How long do bed bug bites last?
Bed bug bites bring about different reactions on different individuals. While there are people that may not even know they have been bitten by bed bugs, there are those that may end up with a severe reaction to the bite. As such, there is no general number for how long bed bug bites last. In the case of those that don’t end up with an allergic reaction, bed bug bites can last only a few days unless you have a bed bug infestation at your premise. In his case, you will notice different states of the bites. You will notice fresh bites in addition to old, fading ones.
If you are looking for general timeframe however, you will have to go with the 1-2 week mark in case you don’t have an allergic reaction to the bite. If however you do have an allergic reaction, you may be looking at over here weeks.
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When do bed bug bites show up?
The period of time it takes for bed bug bites to show up generally depend on how sensitive the person is to the bite. In most cases however, you should expect the bites to show up within two weeks. This amount of time however may be shorter depending on an individual’s skin and reaction to the bite.
There are instances when you may notice the bites a mere few hours after the bed bug has finished feeding on your blood.
Typically speaking, the bites will heal within 7-10 das depending on how sensitive one’s skin is. There are instances where people don’t even notice they have been bitten simply because they experience no symptoms from the bite.
If you think you have been bitten by a bed bug then you should pay attention to common symptoms such as itchy skin, red welts, bumps, rashes in the form of blisters or bite marks that are either straight or grouped together.
How to treat bed bug bites
Most people can’t help but scratch the affected area when faced with bed bug bites. This is however not advisable since scratching may lead to infections! If you find that you have bed bug bites then you should use soap and water and clean the affected area. You should then apply rubbing alcohol or benzoyl peroxide to he affected area
You may also employ any one of the natural remedies mentioned above. In case our skin is sensitive to the bite then you need to seek immediate medical assistance. Remember that since different people have different reactions to bed bug bites, you may have to make use of more than one of the remedies mentioned above.
The bed bug bite should only cause you serious worry if you end up with a severe reaction. Otherwise, if you get rashes instead of itching then it normally takes only a few days for the bites to disappear on their own.
As you treat the bed bug bites, you should also consider getting rid of bed bugs in your home in general. There are a number of effective methods you can employ to get rid of bed bugs. You can go the natural way or you can make use of chemicals. The most effective method however is one that ensures the bed bugs keep getting eliminated even after the first application.
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Why does bed bug bites itch?
Different people react differently to bed bug bites. Some may not even know that he have been bitten simply because they see no marks and experience no itching. Other peoples, however, may notice the bite marks and also feel the given area itch following the bed bug bite. The reason behind the itching is the reaction to the saliva that bed bugs deposit on the skin.
Before bed bugs can proceed to feed on your blood, they deposit an anesthesia with the help of their saliva onto our skin. The saliva ‘numbs’ the skin which is why you will not feel the actual bite as the bed bug is feeding on your blood!
The reason behind the itching may be as a result of the proteins found in the bed bug’s saliva. Different people may develop mild to severe reactions to the protein deposits from the bed bug’s saliva.
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Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Learn how to get rid of bed bugs and take action NOW!! Bed bug bites may be an itching nuisance but there are ways to get rid of them. This guide gives you a glimpse on some of them. If it’s helpful, please drop a comment below. Thanks.