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How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Bites

Experiencing some discomfort while sleeping lately? A scratch here and there is fine, but scraping your nails against your skin all night long is a sign that you have bedbugs. You surely have heard of the bedtime proverb, “Don’t let the bedbugs bite”. Well, it’s time to take some precautions before you scratch yourself raw or to the point of drawing blood. Bedbugs are already drawing enough blood! You might not pay attention to those itchy red spots right now, but when they start burning they can be very irritating.  

About Bedbugs

These small critters are brown in color and oval in shape. They are approximately 7 millimeters in size and are mostly found in bed box, mattress, sofa cushions and in any small cracks and crevices. Bedbugs don’t have wings, and travel by attaching themselves to their host’s skin. A bedbug survives solely on blood, and can live for a year without feeding. It feeds for 7 to 12 minutes on human blood and retreats back into its place.

About Bedbug Bites

Bedbugs are attracted to warm hosts. Two other things that attract them is the scent of blood and lactic acidic odor when people exercise. Bedbugs have elongated beaks, which they use to pierce the skin and drink blood. While feeding, they inject their saliva in the skin, which is the cause of the red spots and itching. While bedbug bites are not harmful, they can be dangerous for people who are bedridden. This may cause them to develop secondary diseases, which can cause severe infections. To save yourself from the constant irritation of itching, try these home remedies to get rid of bedbug bites:

Home Remedies for Treating Bedbug Bites

  1. Ice Pack

Ice is a great pain reliever when it comes to rashes and swellings. In the case of bedbug bites, ice will help numb the nerve endings, which will work as a balm on your skin. Wrap some ice cubes in a towel, and press them on all the red spots. Keep them there for ten to fifteen minutes. Repeat it after a few minutes if the swelling does not go.

  1. Lemon Juice

The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of lemon juice helps keep the itching at bay. Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and dab it on the red spots. Allow the skin to absorb the lemon juice, and then rinse it with water. Repeat until the swelling goes down.

  1. Baking Soda

The acidic chemicals that bring forth the itching after the bite can be neutralized by baking soda. The anti-inflammatory property of baking soda reduces redness and swelling. In a bowl, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with three teaspoons of water. Apply this mixture on the affected area and leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing. If the bites still burn, apply the mixture again after thirty to forty minutes.

  1. Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion has been specifically created for rashes from bug bites. You can apply this lotion day and night. Use at least two to three times a day, so that the skin heals faster.

  1. Aloe Vera Gel

The amino acids and active compounds in aloe vera gel ease the burning and itching form bed bug bites. Slit an aloe vera leaf and scoop out its gel. Apply it on the skin and let it dry. You can keep the remaining gel in the refrigerator and use it the next day.

  1. Honey Paste and Cinnamon

The anti-inflammatory property of cinnamon is very helpful in curing skin rashes. A drop of honey in cinnamon acts as a moisturizer and prevents the bite from becoming a wound. Mix honey and cinnamon and form a thick paste. Apply it on the bites and wash it with water after 20 minutes.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

This particular vinegar also has an anti-inflammatory property that helps with itching and swelling. Dip a cotton ball in vinegar and gently rub it on your skin. Let it dry and then rinse. Repeat if the itching does not go down.

  1. Toothpaste

The menthol in toothpaste acts as a cooling agent. Apply it wherever you’ve been bitten, and leave it on for ten minutes. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

  1. Oatmeal

According to FDA (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration), the phenol in oatmeal has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix oatmeal in water and form a paste. Apply it on the bites and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water to soothe the skin.

  1. Cucumber

A slice of cucumber when placed on the skin soothes the itchiness and brings down the swelling. Apply this remedy at least five times a day.

  1. Banana Peel

The bioactive compounds present in a banana peel such as polyphenols, carotenoids, etc have therapeutic properties. Take a banana peel and rub the inside part on your skin. This will provide quick relief from the itching and burn.

  1. Onion

Onion is a great therapeutic agent due its high Sulphur content. Peel an onion and rub its slices gently on the skin. This will also provide instant relief from the burns and itches.

There are several more home remedies that you can use to cure bed bug bites. Each one of these remedies are extremely effective and will help you cure bed bug bites immediately. To prevent them in the first place, apply calamine lotion before getting into bed.

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