If you are interested in in learning how to treat bed bug bites, chances are you either suspect or know for a fact that you have been bitten. Until approximately five years ago, there were no recent major reports of bed bug infestations. The combination of the increased amount of immigrants to the United States, a more transient lifestyle than ever before, coupled with the lack of effective fumigation techniques for bed bugs has helped fuel the propagation of these insects. In this article, we will go over treatments used, both topically and internally to help treat bed bug bites.
THE ITCH – Most people are left with welts similar to mosquito bites and just like mosquito bites, the bites itch. Scratching is the number one cause of infection to the bitten area, so, as hard as it is, you have to stop scratching the bed bug bites. One trick to reduce infection is to keep the bite covered so that if you are tempted to scratch, you won't directly touch the bite. Before doing this, though, make sure the area is cleaned with soap and water. Afterwards, apply ice to the area to reduce the swelling. Do this for ten minutes on, ten minutes off, and repeat. The bed bug bite should then be cleaned with an antiseptic such as hydrocortisone cream.
NATURAL CURES – One way to treat the bed bug bites is to take a bath in a couple of cups of oatmeal. The warm bath will bring out the soothing properties in the oatmeal. There are a number of remedies that have been considered, but as with most insect bites it seems the best and maybe the oldest ever used for immediate relief would be the use of mud. Whether you were just stung by a bee or bitten by a bed bug, the ability of mud to sooth the affected area has worked for centuries. Any starchy household product such as flour, cornstarch, baking soda or shredded potato would also work as well. Add water to any of these ingredients to make a paste (except for the potato, which releases its own water when shredded). Apply to infected area as soon as possible for immediate relief.
ALLERGIC REACTION – Though rare, an anaphylactic reaction is possible for some very sensitive people. Here is a list of some symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
- Chest pains
- Swelling of the mouth
Call 911 if any one of these symptoms caused by a bed bug bite becomes life-threatening. Oral antihistamines can help, but seek medical attention if you have a preexisting health condition. Something as innocent as taking an aspirin once a day will interfere with an antihistamine, so it may be wise to seek counsel from a doctor if you are concerned and need some professional advice. Time is your friend. Investigate the bite, determine what it is and treat the bed bug bite as soon as possible to avoid infection and annoying itchy distractions.