How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
In almost every case, you’ll find that you can easily treat bed bites right at home. The most important thing you can do is keep from itching the area. Beyond that, there are several over-the-counter methods you can use to heal a bite on yourself or someone in your household.
There are a few things you should remember when it comes to treating bed bug bites:
- Bites typically heal within two weeks
- OTC pain relievers work well to relieve swelling, pain and itching
- Hydrocortisone can also relieve itching and burning
Treating Bed Bug Bites
It’s important to know how to properly treat a bed bug bite if one occurs. Once you notice that trademark red bump, wash the area with water and a mild soap. This prevents secondary skin infections, and if you leave the soap on without rinsing it can reduce the itchiness. You can also apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream that’ll soothe any irritations, as well as a prescribed antiseptic to further prevent infection.
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How Long Do Bed Bug Bites Take to Heal?
The length of time it takes bed bug bites to heal differs on a case by case basis. Some people are generally more sensitive to insect bites, and they may feel symptoms for up to a month. Typically, though, your bite will heal within a week or two. What matters is that you resist the urge to scratch the area, which will worsen the bite and potentially cause an infection.
Can You Treat Bed Bug Bites at Home?
In many cases, it’s very much possible to treat a bed bug bite from the comfort of your home. However, for about 20% of the population, a bite from a bed bug may result in an allergic reaction with more severe symptoms. In those cases it’s always best to consult a medical professional. Regardless of how you treat your bed bug bite, make sure to get your infestation treated by the team at Arrow Exterminators, Inc.!