Lets Look At How To Treat Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are here again and one of the most bothersome things about the tiny, blood drinking insects is their bites. While bed bug bites have not been linked to any serious diseases, they can cause blisters, rashes and other skin problems.
The first question most people ask is, “what do bed bug bites look like on humans”? There are, of course, many different biting insects in nature, and it is important to learn how to recognize bed bug bites. Bed bug bites resemble mosquito bites. They are small bites that leave a reddish bump. However, there is one important sign that helps indicate that the bites were caused by bed bugs and that is the three to five bite pattern common to bed bugs.
This bite pattern is known in science as “breakfast, lunch and dinner feeding.” Bed bugs inject a small amount of anesthetic into the bite wound before they start to feed, so they don’t alert their victim. They drink a small amount of blood, and move on to a new spot before the anesthetic wears off. The wounds are normally found in three bite clusters but some more aggressive feeders may leave as many as five bites in each group.
After examining your bites, you should compare them to images of bed bug bites on the internet. Just do a search for “images of bed bug bites” on Google and you will find dozens of useful links. You can also examine your sheets for tiny blood spots that are caused by rolling over on a bed bug while it was feeding. Finally, you should lift your mattress and look for bed bugs and their droppings.
Actual bed bugs are small, flat, reddish brown insects about the size of an apple seed. They will have a swollen appearance after they feed and since they are voracious feeders, they will litter their hiding places with their droppings. If you see what looks like a sprinkling of finely ground black pepper under your mattress, in addition to your bite symptoms, you probably have bed bugs.
Victims of bed bugs often ask how long do bed bug bites last? This is a hard question to answer, since it depends on how severely you have been bitten and how sensitive you are to the bites. Normally they last about a week, but in rare cases they can last much longer. You should also be aware that bed bug bites normally take three days to a week to appear after you have been bitten.
You will probably discover that bed bug bites are itchy and can drive you up a wall. They are particularly a problem for children, who are more prone to a lack of self control. Never scratch bed bug bites, because that will only intensify the itching and can lead to a serious infection.
Once you know the signs of bed bug bites, you want to learn how to properly care for your bites. Now that you are an expert on the symptoms of bed bug bites, you will want to know how to get rid of bed bug bites, before they become itchy and annoying.
The best treatment for bed bugs, specifically their bites is a topical lotion like Calamine. If the bites are severe, form a rash or start to blister, you can also use an anti-itch cream that contains hydro-cortisone or cortisone. It is important to check for sensitivity to cortisone if you use these types of creams. Your doctor can do a patch test for sensitivity to cortisone.
How to treat bed bug bites that itch?
If nothing seems to help stop the itching, your doctor can prescribe an oral anti-histamine. Your doctor may also suggest an over the counter pain reliever that contains ibuprofen or naproxen if the itching is causing extreme discomfort.
There are some effective home remedies for bed bug bites. Here are a few you can try:
1.) Make a paste of baking soda and water. Slowly add small amounts of water to baking soda powder and stir until you have a thick paste. Apply a thick coat of the baking soda to the bed bug bites. Allow the paste to dry and stay on the rash for an hour or more before washing it off with warm water.
2.) Saturate a cotton ball with lemon juice, St. John’s Wart or witch hazel, all of which are natural astringents. Dab at the rash with the cotton ball to help dry it out and control the itch.
3.) Apply the gel from an aloe plant to bed bug bites. Aloe contains both antibiotic and anti-fungal properties.
4.) Soak in a warm bath. Add 1/2 cup (118 ml) of any one of the following to help control itching:
Concentrated peppermint oil – Powdered oatmeal. The kind meant to be used as a bath product – Baking soda
How long to bed bug bites last for and what other suggestions are there for dealing with them the best?
You now know how to identify bed bug bites and you have been given many useful suggestions for the treatment of bed bug bites. If you treat the bites yourself and they don’t start to get better, or if they start to get worse, see your doctor and get professional medical care. While most cases of bed bug bites are relatively minor, they can, on rare occasions, lead to serious problems but normally they last for only 3-5 days and in a more sever case up to 10 days. If you are unsure or uncomfortable, then visiting the doctor is your best choice. And always remember, never scratch bed bug bites.