What Helps Bed Bug Bites?
Bed bug bites can usually be treated at home. Soap and water when you first notice the bites should reduce itching and redness, but if not over-the-counter creams and natural remedies can also work.
Some of the most popular DIY bed bug bite treatments include:
- Baking soda & water
- Aloe vera gel
- Lemon juice
- Witch hazel
What is the best remedy for bed bug bites?
If your itchiness and/or discomfort from bed bug bites will not go away, we have a few suggestions to try. Over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen can help with the burning sensation while also reducing inflammation. Antihistamines can also help. As always, consult with a doctor before starting any new medication.
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Natural remedies for bed bug bites
If you don’t have any topical cream handy to help with the itching, don’t worry. Here are some bug bite home remedies you might have in your pantry:
- Lemon juice and witch hazel are natural astringents. You can apply a cotton ball soaked in either to the bites and it should relieve the itching and burning
- Apply pure aloe vera gel to relieve pain and itchiness. This can also prevent infections
- Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the bites, let it dry and sit for an hour, then wash it off with warm water
- Toothpastes that contain menthol that can help reduce itchiness when applied topically
When to see a doctor about bed bug bites
If your bed bug bites worry you for any reason, don’t hesitate to consult with a medical professional.
If bed bug bite symptoms are unbearable, or if you develop an allergic reaction, or signs of an infection, those are all signs that you should see a medical professional immediately.