Introduction: How to Treat Bed Bug Bites | Treating Bites From Bugs and Insects
Howdy Friends! I put together some fantastic information on how to treat bed bug bites. If you are dealing with an infestation and the bites are driving you bonkers, here are some steps you can take for some much needed relief. Bed bug bites rarely require medical treatment. However, there are some very important things you should know if you are dealing with an insect infestations.
Step 1: What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
So what do these bite marks look like? To be quite honest, that is a difficult question to answer! Everyone's skin reacts differently. Some people have no reaction at all. Bite marks can also look very similar to that of a spider or mosquito. Having bites does not always mean you have infestation. Check out my Instructable on how to detect bed bugs so you can be certain that you are treating the correct problem.
Step 2: Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?
Knowing how to treat a bed bug bite properly is very important for a couple of different reasons. These insidious insects are known
to carry over 30 different pathogens. These include (but are not limited to)
viruses, parasitic worms and bacteria. However, take a deep breath and relax.
Researchers have confirmed that these human pathogens cannot be transmitted to
Despite what you may have heard, bed bugs do not transmit MRSA either. There have been reports of MRSA infections associated with these insect bites. These reports arise due to people not knowing how to treat a bed bug bite properly. Reports of this nature arise from individuals who already have MRSA on their skin (but do not know it). When they itch and scrape the bite marks, it gives the MRSA a gateway into the body.
That gives us a good idea of how dangerous it is if you don't know how to treat bed bug bites properly. This is not a problem that you can just ignore. Doctors say that long term exposure to bites can cause sleeplessness, nervousness and frequent agitation. Also, as we discussed with the MRSA, secondary infections are always a concern. Signs of a secondary reaction include warmth, fever, excessive swelling, anemia or anaphylactic reactions. Some of these are rare but if you develop any of them, you should contact your physician immediately. You doctor will know how to safely treat each of these symptoms.
Step 3: Bed Bug Bite Treatment
2: Soothe the bites and relieve itching with any of these home remedies:
- Ice or an Ice Pack
- Hot Wash Cloth
- Coconut oil
- Lavender Oil
- Fresh Garlic
- Red Pepper
- Lemon Juice
- Witch Hazel
- Rubbing Alcohol
3: Further Treatment and Sanitation:
- Make a solution of alka-seltzer and and dab the wounds with a cotton ball Warm bath with baking soda
- Mix cornstarch and water into a thick paste and apply it to the wounds. This will rid the affected areas of toxins.
- Apply Aloe Vera gel (for antibiotic properties)
4: Treating Bed Bug Bites With Over The Counter Products:
If you are experiencing severe itching, use a topical steroid cream or an oral antihistamine. We want to avoid itching at all costs.
- Cortisone cream
- calamine lotion
To relieve swelling:
- Topical anesthetics
Treatment of Allergic Reactions
Step 4: Take the Next Step:
It is no secret that bed bugs bites are no fun to deal with. If you need additional tips on how to get rid of bed bugs yourself, here is a free guide with step-by-step directions. Good luck with treating your bites and I hope you find relief very soon!
5 years ago
Many thanks for the info. That information confirmed what I had seen
(and killed). Guy from the council came round and sprayed a few rooms.
Also found a couple of them living underneath the slats of a wooden bed !
Bed now thrown out and mattress gone too (needed replacing anyway). He
reckons I have got it under control before its too late and I also think
I have narrowed it down to a trip where I took my own bedding on a
weeks holiday and 1 or 2 hitched a ride home !
Council guy has been a pest controller for 12 years and told me that in
his first 5 years of doing the job he had one bed bug incident to deal
with, and last week alone he had 3 ! He says its becoming more and more
common due to them being more resistant to insecticides and also
chemicals that nearly wiped them out many years back have been banned
for being too toxic to humans. Eurghh - it makes me feel sick thinking
I check information about bed bugs on the