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How to Treat Bed Bug Bites

Though they’re unpleasant, dealing with bed bug bites at home is generally manageable with the right approach. The number one tip is to resist the urge to itch, which could disrupt the healing process. You may also use over-the-counter treatments for relief, but speak with your doctor if you aren’t sure which options to use. 

Here’s what you should know about recovering from bed bug bites:

  • Most bites resolve within two weeks
  • Over-the-counter creams can alleviate swelling or itching
  • Hydrocortisone cream is generally a safe and effective treatment
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Proper Bed Bug Bite Treatment

When addressing bed bug bites, it’s crucial to follow proper treatment steps. Begin by washing the affected area with water and mild soap. Leaving the soap on without rinsing may provide additional itch relief and helps prevent secondary skin infections. Consider the following treatments:

  • Anti-Itch Cream with Hydrocortisone: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply an anti-itch cream containing hydrocortisone.
  • Calamine Lotion: Use calamine lotion to relieve itching and protect the healing skin from rashes.
  • OTC Pain Relievers and Antihistamines: Take over-the-counter pain relievers for bite-related pain and oral antihistamines to manage any allergic reactions.

How Long Does it Take for Bed Bug Bites to Heal?

If bed bug bites are left to heal without scratching, they typically resolve within one to two weeks. While it may be tempting, avoid scratching, as it can prolong the healing process and worsen symptoms. Individuals sensitive to insect bites may experience a slightly longer healing period, generally not exceeding a month.

When to Seek Medical Care

Fortunately, most bed bug bites can be treated at home. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a medical professional. In some cases, a bite may trigger an allergic reaction. If you notice these symptoms, contact your doctor right away:

  • Unusual or painful swelling
  • Hives or other skin rashes
  • Blisters near the bite
  • Anaphylaxis

Even without a particularly negative reaction, bed bug bites are never pleasant. Addressing the root cause by enlisting a bed bug exterminator ensures a long-term solution, eliminating the need for recurrent bite treatments.

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