Bed bug bites are extremely itchy. Bed bug bites have a characteristic itch, where the itching sensation subsides and resurfaces on and off throughout your day. The sensation is absolutely unbearable and most topical ointments will NOT do the trick, although we found that they did provide some relief. Be careful not to scratch your bites too hard – as this may cause an open wound. Bed bug bites do leave scars if scratched hard enough – we still have scars months after.

Bed bug bites are often found in multiples, either in a row or a cluster on your body. This happens because of disturbance during bed bug feeding. Usually a bed bug will have picked a single location to feed, but due to either your movement or something else, they were forced to move and feed elsewhere, usually very nearby the original feeding location.

Below are some pictures of bed bug bites and photos found online, using mostly Google images to search.

Bed bug bites do not look much different than any other bug bite. Bed bug bites are often no more than little red bumps, similar to mosquito bites. One way to tell whether the bit is from a bed bug is the distinct pattern of the bites. Bed bug bites often show up in a group of 3 or 4. Bites from bed bugs are small welts on the skin that could be flat or raised.

At times bed bug bite symptoms can delay for days before actually showing up on the skin. The more a person is bitten the less time welts will take before showing up on the skin. Some bed bug bites will appear raised and will be very itchy. Some may have whitish bumps but certainly will be in a concentrated area of the body.

Bed bug bites shown on a person’s back. Probably a more severe infestation. Many localized bites.

A more common reaction and appearance. Bed bug bites on a person’s calf and ankle.

A more popular photo circulating the internet. Bed bug bites on a person’s neck and shoulder area.

There are treatments for bed bug bites.


Bed Bug BitesEveryone reacts differently to bed bug bites.

A person may react right away to a bite while others it may take a while before any symptoms show up.

You may also have an allergic reaction bed bug bites.

In most cases a rash will appear after a few hours of the being bit but could appear as late as a couple days to a weeks time.

It just depends how your body reacts to the bite.

The rash will usually last for 2 or 3 days and then begin to dissipate.

There have been reported cases of bites causing nausea and even shock.

Bed Bug Bites – how to treat them

Bed bug bites can become quite serious however people react to a bed bug bite rash in different ways. Some are not effected for days while others the effects are immediate. A bug bite rash can last much longer amount of time for some depending on the severity of the allergic reaction. A rash can last for 2 or 3 days before starting to fade away however, some people may require medical attention before the bed bug rash will clear up.


One of the most common answer is treating the bed bug bites with a baking soda and water mixture which forms a paste and is applied to the affected area. Here is how:

  • First, be sure to wash the bed bug bites with soap and water.
  • Next, create a thick paste using the baking soda and water. The paste must be thick enough to stick to the bed bug bites.
  • Then, allow the paste to dry. Wait around an hour.
  • Finally, wash the paste and dry affected area.


There are a few natural remedies for bed bug bites. St. Jonhs Wort and Lemon juice and witch hazel will work to ease the itching. The Aloe plant is a very common way to treat bed bug bites as well. The gel contains from Aloe has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties that help to soothe the bites from bed bugs.

Another home cure is running a bath and adding a half cup or so of peppermint oil to help stop the itching. You can also apply warm water (120 degrees F) to the bed bug bites immediately after you notice the bites. Always keep the wounds clean with soap and water to help fight bacteria from forming and causing infection. Some say powdered oatmeal will also help the infected skin while healing. Also, Alka-Seltzer and water can be applied to the bed bug bites but be leery if you are allergic to aspirin.

If these home remedies do not help the bites from bed bugs, remember to consult a physician so you do not further irritate the rash.

Visit bed bug bites for more information on identifying the bug bites or check out these bed bug pictures.


A few Over the Counter Medications (OTC) for helping bed bug bites are Cortisone cream, calamine lotion, hydro-cortisone creams, Ibuprofen or anti-histamine such as benadryl for the swelling. You can also use aspirin in place of baking soda in the method above.