Bed bug bites are infamous.
Learning how to effectively deal with the bites themselves is valuable knowledge that could save you stress and discomfort down the line.
It’s important to know how to deal with bites even if you hire a professional, given that many pros will have you act as bait while treatment is happening.
You’re bound to get bitten a few times, it’s the unfortunate truth.
While stopping bites during an infestation is possible, that is a topic that I’ve spent a lot of time on elsewhere on this site.
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As of now, there does not exist any purpose-made product meant to stop and/or heal bed bug bites specifically.
If you know of one that’s proven to work, please let me know in the comments!
Here’s a list of solutions for varying symptoms you can find at any pharmacy:
- Calamine lotion
- Take antihistamine tablets
- Topical antihistamine
Anti-itch and inflammation
- Topical over-the-counter analgesic creams containing pramoxine
- Topical over-the-counter analgesic creams containing diphendrydramine
- Topical over-the-counter steroidal creams containing hydrocortisone
- Generic pain relievers with acetaminophen help in rare cases of painful bites
What follows is a list of products that fulfills each of the above needs.
|Fixes||Itching||Itching||Inflammation||Pain & Inflammation||Itch & Inflammation|
|Active Ingredient||Camphor||Pramoxine Hydrochloride||Diphenhydramine||Ibuprofen||Hydrocortisone|
Here’s a list of natural remedies you can try for yourself at home:
- Baking soda paste.Slowly add water to baking soda, create a thick paste.
- Cover the affected area with paste.
- Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Astringent products – Simply dab onto afflicted area.
- Diluted tea tree oil
- Aloe vera gel
- White vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar
- Aspirin made into a paste exactly like with baking soda.
- Secure to skin using a band-aid.
Anti-itch and anti-inflammation
- Heat:Heat pads
- Heat temporarily relieves itchiness and redness but does it very quickly.
- Some recommend applying heat until feelings of relief stop, then running cold water over the same spot.
Bite Reactions Vary
In spite of all the fear surrounding bed bug bites, studies have found that up to 30% of people are completely nonreactive to the toxins in bites.
There are many stories of people feeling that their spouses seem to be completely unaffected by bed bugs. “They only want to bite me,” is a common remark in bed bug stories.
If one person is showing symptoms, however, both are definitely getting bitten. A difference in reactivity is all the difference there is.
While you might consider yourself a part of the unlucky 70%, without someone to act as the proverbial canary in the mineshaft, bed bugs and treatment would not be on anybody’s mind until it was far too late.
In the battle against bed bugs, time is the most important ingredient for success.
Their populations grow exponentially and become exponentially harder to deal with with each passing day as they delve deeper into your home.
Catching an infestation early might be the best luck you could have after not getting bed bugs in the first place.
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Always establish verified proof before starting a bug fighting campaign!
Prevention, however, you can start today. It’s never a bad idea to be prepared. You could potentially save you a lot of money and trauma with minimal planning.
Through prevention, you get to fight on your own terms.