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What Helps Bed Bug Bites?

Addressing bed bug bites at home is often feasible with various over-the-counter medicines and natural remedies to alleviate symptoms. While it’s always best to speak with a doctor if you are concerned or have questions about an insect bite, these at-home remedies may provide some relief:

  • Baking soda & water
  • Lemon juice
  • Witch hazel
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Toothpaste
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Choosing the Right Medicine

For mild pain or discomfort from bed bug bites, consider over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, following package instructions. To address swelling, an antihistamine such as benadryl may be helpful. Always consult a medical professional when using medications to ensure safety.

All-Natural Bed Bug Bite Remedies

If you want to avoid using medication, you may still be able to find relief from your bed bugs—even by using items in your pantry! Some of the most popular at-home bed bug bite treatments include:

  • Lemon juice or witch hazel applied with a soaked cotton ball
  • 100% pure aloe vera gel to reduce itchiness and heal the skin
  • A paste of baking soda and water, left on the skin for an hour or so
  • Toothpaste containing menthol, which may reduce itchiness

Should I See a Doctor For a Bed Bug Bite?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to any kind of insect bite. Whether you’re worried about an infection, allergic reaction, or the type of insect bite, you should contact your doctor right away. Additionally, if your at-home treatments aren’t effective, you should seek medical care. 

If you think you have bed bugs, it’s also a good idea to contact an exterminator. They can treat the root cause of your infestation to help you avoid waking up covered in bites.

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