How to treat bed bug bites?
How to Submit a Bed Bug Report?
Just follow these simple steps:
- Find the hotel you stayed at by using the search box at the top of every page.
- If you can find it, search for the city where the hotel is located.
- Click on 'Write Report' button on the hotel or city page and complete the form.
What does a bedbug look like?
Bed bugs are little mites that are hard to see with a naked eye. They tend to be dark brown in color, and oval in shape. Sometimes, however, they can appear red after they have fed on a meal of a host's blood. They have very small wings, but they are vestigial and the bedbugs are actually unable to fly. Instead, bed bugs move about by scurrying very quickly. Due to their very small size, what you see may not actually resemble a bug. A large bedbug measures 5 mm in size (about the size of an apple seed), though younger ones are only 1 to 2 mm in size.
This first thing you need to do is verify that you have been bitten by a bed bug. Most bed bug bites look like a typical household bug bite. A bed bug bite is multiple, small, raised bumps that in a cluster. After you have verified they bite, then you can begin treating it.
The easiest way to treat a bed bug bite is with a steroid cream (hydro-cortisone cream) or oral antihistamine (Benadryl). You can also apply a topical lotion to help with the itching and pain.
There are several other natural remedies to help with treatment.
- Wash it with lukewarm water immediately after the bite and then regularly after with antibacterial soap and been known to relieve the pain and itching and prevent the bite from spreading.
- Using calamine lotion on the infected area will the bite is healing will help dry it our faster, and speed up healing
- Lukewarm water and instant oatmeal made into a bath can provide relief from the itching and reduce inflammation. Also making this into a paste and just coated the infected area will help.
- A paste made from baking soda and salt will help with inflammation.
- An alka-seltzer solution rubbed onto the bite will help speed the healing process.
If you try all of these things and the bite does not improve in a reasonable amount of time, then you should see a doctor. It is possible that you have mis-diagnosed the bite and may have something more serious. Bed bug bites by themselves are nothing to worry about, they can just be irritating.