You wake up in the morning from a good nights sleep only to find yourself covered in in itchy, inflamed bed bug bites. How can you treat bed bug bites to reduce the chance of infection?
First things first, you need to realize that if you don’t get rid of the bed bugs they will just continue biting you each night. So even though it’s important to treat bed bug bites, it’s more important to eliminate bed bugs altogether. Most bed bug bite treatments aim to reduce the itch which in turn reduces the need to scratch and eliminates the chance of getting an infection.
Home Remedies For Treating Bed Bug Bites
The most popular way to treat bed bug bites is with baking soda and warm water. Follow the steps below to learn how to treat your bed bug bites using this method.
- First, make a paste out of the baking soda and warm water by mixing it together until it is the consistency of a milkshake. Too thin and it will just run off your skin, too thick and it will dry up too quickly.
- Next, apply the paste to all of your bed bug bites, and don’t be afraid to put lots on – some of it will fall off as it dries.
- Let the paste dry completely. This usually takes an hour or so though some people like to let it sit for 2-3 hours.
- Gently wash the baking soda paste off with warm water. Pat dry.
- Repeat as necessary.
Another common way to treat bed bug bite is to use lemon juice on the bites. Apply either fresh squeezed lemon juice (or RealLemon) to each bite and allow it to sit for as long as necessary. Lemon juice and baking soda are both Astringents and help reduce the itch associated with bed bug bites.
Other Common Bed Bug Remedies
- Aloe Vera plant gel. You can find this at almost any pharmacy or grocery store.
- Peppermint oil bath. Fill up and relax in a warm bath with half a cup of peppermint oil added to relieve the itching.
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Ibuprofen, Naproxen or an anti-histamine (Benadryl) to reduce swelling and itching.
- Asprin and water paste (follow the same directions as the baking soda paste above)
- Topical applicants which include Pramoxine
- Cortisone cream (to stop the itching)
If you have another bed bug remedy you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment below.