Bed bug bite treatment involves natural remedies, hygiene measures, medication and precautions. Generally, allergic skin is more prone to small blisters, rashes and inflammation. These skin rashes may be hive-like and there may be pus formation on these blisters.
Bed bug bites ultimately lead to the following conditions if left untreated.
Follow these bed bug bite treatments
- Take expert advice before treating severe bed bug bites.
- Treat the affected area with ice. Ice soothes any kind of wound.
- Creams like cortisone, ointments and lotions are available on the market to reduce the inflammation, rashes and itchiness caused by bed bug bites. Calamine is one of the most effective lotions for itchiness. These products dry out the wound caused by the bed bug bite, calms itchiness and thus promotes healing.
- It is very important to immediately clean the bitten area of your skin with an antiseptic soap such as Dettol. This prevents microbes from entering through the ruptured skin. Rinse with cold water. After cleaning, apply a paste of coconut oil and roasted turmeric powder. To make this paste mix one tablespoon each of turmeric powder and coconut oil. Let it stand for eight hours then clean it with warm water.
- If you are suffering from severe bed bug bites then take Corticosteroids.
- You can also spray some lavender oil which provide immediate relief from skin irritation.
- Add a cup of ground oatmeal to your bathtub. The bathtub should be filled with lukewarm water. This is very effective in reducing itchiness of the skin.
- Garlic, cayenne and mint can be applied to the affected areas, and preferably mint owing to its aromatic properties.
- Some herbs useful for bed bug bite treatment are black pepper, black walnut and red pepper.
- Make a thick paste by mixing one tablespoon each of salt and baking soda with some water. This is also one of the most common bed bug bite treatments.
- A clean and healthy environment should be maintained to avoid bed bugs.
- To prevent severe skin rashes, avoid infection caused by rubbing and scratching of affected area.
- Make a thick paste of cornstarch and water and apply it to the red bumps caused by bed bug bites. This is a very useful remedy, as cornstarch removes the poison present in the affected area.
- The following treatment is only for those who are not allergic to aspirin. Make a solution of Alka-Seltzer by dissolving one Alka-Seltzer tablet in half a glass of water. Dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply it to the red welts caused by the bed bug bite.
- Rubbing banana peel right on the bitten part of the skin also reduces itching.You can also get instant relief by using some starchy substances like arrowroot powder, mallow root powder, or grated potato.
- Apply aloe vera gel to the bed bug bite, as it is a natural skin treatment. Similarly you can use honey.
- Apply a slice of raw potato on the bed bug bitten area.
- To get instant respite from the itching sensation, use maple leaves, willow and oak. Dry, grind and apply them. You can also apply maple leaves after chewing them. Shiny and extremely bitter leaves should be avoided.
- Some of the most popular fresh herbs include plantain, chickweed, yellow dock, wild geranium, wild mallow and comfrey. These herbs can be chewed and applied directly.
- Mix one tablespoon each of herbal tea, finely ground white clay and mud. Application of this on the affected area soothes bed bug bites.
- To get relief from an allergic reaction use Antihistamines.
- It is recommended to visit an infectious disease doctor in the case of a serious condition.
Bed bug bites seems like a small problem, but if not treated early, it can lead to severe conditions like cellulites. Though the above mentioned bed bug bite treatments are useful, one should seek medical attention if the symptoms are severe. Cure the disease in its infancy to avoid further complications.