Parasitic insects like bed bugs survive by feeding on the blood of humans or animals. Although there is no need to panic when bitten by these blood-sucking creatures as they are not known to transmit diseases, one should still be mindful after acquiring bed bug bites. Bed bug bites are certainly irritating and itchy. However, these bites have a unique characteristic that distinguishes them from the bites caused by other insects like fleas or mosquitos. Bed bug bites come in the form of red swollen marks—around 3 to 5 bite marks—appearing in clusters, in a straight line, or in a zigzag pattern in various parts of your body such as the face, arms, legs, neck, and hands. Each bite contains a dark spot at the center.
While most people show mild reactions to bed bug bites and may just recover from the bites in a matter of days or one week, others tend to respond seriously to bed bug bites particularly if they experience more severe symptoms such as allergic reaction and infection.
5 Tips to Treat Bed Bug Bites
Since one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or hotels, we cannot deny that somebody out there is suffering from stinging and itchy bed bug bites. Here are suggestions that you may consider if you wish to get rid of the discomfort of bed bug bites and prevent these pests from causing more damage to you or your home.
- Disinfect and apply a cold compress. Soap and water not only help relieve itchiness but also prevents the bites from getting infected. Aside from washing the bitten areas, you may also put an ice pack wrapped in cloth over the bites to soothe the itch or discomfort.
- Moisturize and apply the cream. Use calamine lotion or cream (i.e. corticosteroid) and even essential oils to the bites to relieve itch. This at-home treatment can be done in case of mild reactions. Some medicines do not need a prescription; however, you are definitely free to consult your dermatologist regarding treatment that works best for you.
- Avoid scratching as much as possible. Because of the itch that comes with the bites, it is understandable that you get tempted to scratch your skin. However, bear in mind that vigorously scratching the bite marks can lead to inflammation and serious skin infection. It can also cause scarring.
- Consult the doctor if infected. Take antibiotics and antiseptic drugs, as recommended by your dermatologist, for infected bites. Depending on the severity of the infection, your dermatologist will prescribe antiseptic medication or antibiotics to prevent or lessen infection.
- Take oral medication for severe allergic reactions. If you have severe swelling and a bad reaction to bed bug bites, take antihistamines, adrenaline, or corticosteroid. Your dermatologist should determine the best medications that will soothe your allergic reaction. Either you get a shot of antihistamine or take the oral form.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Bites
As per the recent bed bug statistics study, bed bugs are found in all 50 states. Specifically, the pests were encountered by 17 percent of respondents in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West. If you realize that you have bed bug infestation at home, the basic step you have to take is to thoroughly check your surroundings and those areas in the house where these insects normally reside or hide. Most important of all, call the pest control professionals to terminate the bed bugs in one single treatment using the latest and most advanced Heat Treatment technology. The best way to get rid of the hassle and stress caused by bed bug bites is to eliminate them from all stages of bed bug life. Using heat treatment technology, you can exterminate these pests without the fear of getting your family or pets exposed to harmful chemicals.