How do you treat bed bug bites?
A bed bug bite normally creates a redness on the skin, and itching usually follows. This will go away on its own within a week or so. However, a hydrocortisone-based skin cream may speed up the process a bit. You can also try antihistamines, such as Benadryl. Some people may get an allergic reaction from a bed bug bite, and then oral antihistamines and corticosteroids are advisable.
You can also try calamine lotion. This lotion is easy to find in stores and it is cheap as well. Apply calamine lotion on the bites to ease the itchiness and reduce the swelling that resulted because of the bites.
If you are not able to find any calamine lotion in your areas, then another solution is to apply antiseptic cream on the bites themselves. It will help reduce the itchiness and the swelling, and it also helps to reduce the risk of infection on the bed bug bites itself.
Why does it itch so much?
Bed bugs suck your blood during night, and they can be at it for up to 15 minutes per bite. As the bed bug bites, saliva goes into your skin. Their saliva is reacts with the skin, much like a mosquito bite – this creates the redness and the itching.
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