Bed Bug Bites Treatment

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bedbugs are small parasitic insects flat and oval and reddish brown. Bed bugs appear in all kinds of environments and can be found on sheets, clothing, bedding, furniture, boxes, wall cracks and crevices in the ground. Bed bugs tend to congregate around places where humans sit or sleep, as they feed on human blood as sustenance. When bed bugs suck blood from humans, may not detect the bite, but the bite area tends to become inflamed and irritated causing a red rash appears. Bedbug bites are usually small and red and may be flat or protrude into the skin. A characteristic pattern of bed bug bites are indicating that several bites lined feeding occurs in a sequence.

Scratching bug bites can cause a secondary skin infection and should be avoided.

The bug bites treatment includes: Wash the affected area with mild soap and water before applying a thick paste of baking soda and water. Allow the paste to dry on the skin for a few hours before rinsing. This is a popular home remedy for bug bites to help reduce the itching and inflammation of the skin. You can use a paste of aspirin and water with the same effect for treating bug bites.
  • You can use natural astringent lemon juice, witch hazel, or St. John's wort to treat bed bug bites and relieve itching.
  • Take a leaf of aloe vera plant and cut in two. Use the leaf gel to soothe bites and prevent swelling.
  • Fill the bathtub with warm water containing a few drops of peppermint essential oil. This helps relieve the itching and reduce redness and irritation.
  • Hydrocortisone creams help to reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process. These creams should be used for up to seven days at a time. If the bites have not disappeared or decreased after a week of treatment, talk to your doctor about alternative medications.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, you can use oral antihistamine diphenhydramine to treat bed bug bites. The drug blocks the action of histamine in the body, which is responsible for the itching and inflammation. However, diphenhydramine can cause excessive sleepiness in people and should not be used if you are driving or operating heavy machinery. 

Treatment to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

The only way to prevent bed bug bites is to exterminate the scourge at its source. To do this, you should:
  • Clean all clothing and bed sheets in hot water. Dry them at the highest temperature possible, too.
  • Objects such as shoes, stuffed animals, pillows and other who can not regularly washing should be dried on the highest setting for at least half an hour.
  • Carefully vacuum around your bed, curtains, window decorations and mattress. Once you finish vacuuming, put the plastic bag in the vacuum street trash.
  • If the mattress is infested, it would be advisable to throw it away and buy a new one. Before putting the new mattress on the bed, make sure the underlying areas are completely clean.
  • Bedbugs can hide in the walls, behind the paper or plaster cracks, so be sure to repair any cracks and pasting pieces of torn paper.
  • Hire the services of an agency experienced pest control to prevent future infestations. Professional exterminators use a combination of techniques to get rid of bed bugs. These include chemical treatments, pesticides, steam cleaning and aspiration to try and rid the house of insects.


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