How to treat bed bug bite at home fast and effectively
This post is part 6 of the Ultimate guide on how to get rid of bed bug bites. You are in the right place if you wish to know how to treat bed bug bite.’ There are a number of treatments for bed bug bites. There are a number of natural remedies you can use but there are also a number of over-the counter creams that can be used. In severe cases, prescriptions may also be given to help fight the problem.
How to treat bed bug bite. The look
Before treating bed bug bites it is important to make sure that what you actually have a bed bug bite. Oftentimes, bed bug bites may be mistaken for bites of mosquitoes, fleas and mites. The first telltale signs that you may have bed bugs include blood spots on your bed sheets, bed bug feces on and around your bed and cast skins from the bed bugs. But this may not be enough proof that you have bed bugs since even mosquito bites may leave your bed sheets with a bit of blood. You need to check your room, especially any cracks or crevices, your furniture and the place around your bed for signs or bed bugs. You may also notice a musty smell in your room that is indicative of a bed bug infestation.
As for the bites on your skin, you need to pay attention to the pattern. Bed bug bites are normally grouped together in a small area and may take on a line or zigzag pattern. The bites may look like small, flat or raised areas that may ultimately become red, itchy or blistered depending on your reaction to the bites. Some people may get visible signs of the bed bug bites while others may not. Those that may get visible signs of the bites may notice the marks within hours of being bitten or even days of being bitten.
As for the size of the bite marks, your skin type will generally determine this. Your skin’s reaction to the bites and their frequency will generally determine the size of the bite mark. In addition to this, your skin’s reaction to the saliva injected onto your skin by the bed bug will also determine the size of the bite mark.
How to treat bed bug bite. A glimpse of the remedies
Although bed bug bites tend to disappear in a week or two depending on one’s skin reaction to the bites, there are a number of ways to treat them. You can make use of an anti-itch cream to help relieve the itching or any one of the natural remedies that will be mentioned in detail below.
Bed bugs bites symptoms
There are a number of symptoms that point to bed bug bites, some of which include:
- The parts that contain the bites may become itchy
- You may experience a burning sensation on your skin
- You may notice red welts or swelling on the area that you have been bitten
- You may notice a tiny line of multiple, small, red marks where the bed bugs have been feeding.
- In extreme cases, the area that has been bitten may develop blisters
How to treat bed bug bites on human skin
Natural ways to get rid of bed bug bites include:
- Apply lemon juice on the bite marks
- Apply essential oils such as peppermint oil or tea tree oil
- Make use of cool compresses
- Place a tea bag in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes, allow the tea bag to cool then hold it to the bite mark for about 15 minutes
- Dip a cotton pad in pure witch hazel and hold it on the irritated skin for a few minutes
- Apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected area to help relieve itchiness and irritation
- Make use of oatmeal batches
- Make a baking soda paste with the help of a little water and apply the same on the affected area
- Use apple cider vinegar, leave for a few minutes then wash off with water
- Apply toothpaste, leave for a few minutes before washing off with water
- Chill a piece of cucumber and apply it on the affected area for a few minutes
Artificial ways to get rid of bed bug bites include:
- Over the counter hydrocortisone
- Anti-itch creams
- Epinephrine medication for severe reactions
- Injectable corticosteroid also for severe reactions
How to treat bed bug bites at home
You may try any one of the natural remedies mentioned above to help treat bed bug bites at home. In case you try more than one treatment however and there is no change two weeks down the road then you should consider seeking medical attention.
How to treat bed bug bites fast
When you notice bed bug bites on your or your loved one’s body, you will wish to find an immediate cure for the same. Unfortunately, you may have to try different treatments in order to arrive at a fast one. This is because different people react differently to bed bug bites. One treatment may work fast on one person while showing no signs of working on another.
This means that one person may get treating pretty fast when they use, for example, apple cider vinegar on the bed bug bites while another may not notice any change even after using the same vinegar for a few days.
There are a number of remedies to treat bed bug bites. Some are natural and other are prescribed by a doctor. Different people react differently to bed bug bites. As such, different treatments may successfully be used to treat different people. This means that what may work best on one person may not work well on another.
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