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How do you treat bed bug bites?

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asked Mar 29, 2016 in Miscellaneous by anonymous
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Bed bug bites usually cause itchy welts on your skin. These creatures feed on human blood at night. Bed bug bites appear in rows of three to five bites which are more common in the face, neck, hands, and arms. The flattened body of the bed bug makes it possible for it to fit into tiny spaces quite easily. They initially exist in mattresses, box springs, headboards, and bed frames. When a bed bug bites you, the first thing to do is to wash the area with water and a mild antiseptic soap. This will prevent further skin infection and itching. You need to see a dermatologist if you develop an allergic skin reaction or a skin infection due to the bite. Here are effective ways to treat bed bug bites.


Ice packs are quite effective in treating bed bug bites. The cold temperature will numb the nerve ends which will help relieve the itching sensation caused by the bite. Baking soda is an anti-inflammatory agent which helps reduce itching, swelling, and the redness associated with the bite. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in three teaspoons of water. Apply the paste on the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with clean water. Apple cider vinegar helps relieve the burning sensation and itching caused due to bed bug bites. Apply undiluted ACV on the affected area. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with clean water.
References

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bug-bites.html

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation


answered Mar 29, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
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Bed bug bites can be very itchy; in fact, some people mistake them for mosquito bites. If you have an issue with bed bugs, there are a few ways to go about treating the affected area.

 

As with many other injuries to the skin, it is a good idea to wash with soap and water [1]. Pick up a corticosteroiod cream at the store to help with the itch.

 

In most cases, however, the bites will go away on their own and no treatment is necessary [2]. If you notice that the bites are getting worse, set up an appointment to see a dermatologist.

 

References:

 

[1] https://www.terminix.com/blog/diy/signs-your-room-has-bed-bugs

 

[2] http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/page7.htm

answered Apr 1, 2016 by Unckelli (50,310 points)

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