Getting Rid of Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs can bite you many times at night and you will not even know it. The horrible thing is that these bugs are not just biting you; they are plunging two hollow tubes from their mouthparts into your tender skin. As a mosquito bites you, you feel a little prick and most always swat it away or end up crushing it on your arm as you immediately go to scratch at something bothering you. When a bed bug feeds off you, you don’t feel it because while they are sucking up your blood they are injecting you with an anesthetic contained in their saliva. They can draw their feeding session out for as long as ten minutes or more because of an anticoagulant also contained in their saliva.
Bed bugs do leave behind a token of their appreciation in the form of a little red bite marks. These little bite marks resemble mosquito bumps and itch like hell. If you are not able to stop yourself from itching, the area affected could become inflamed and infected. Antibiotics may then be needed as well as steroids. This article is going to help you take care of your bed bug bites and ease the healing process.
First, when you discover bed bug bites, clean them with water and a mild soap specifically for delicate skin. Baby soap or Aveeno are two good choices and may even have a calming affect on your skin. Don’t rub too hard when cleaning your skin; you don’t want to irritate it anymore.
The next thing that you need to do is gently rub a light coating of an antibiotic cream into your skin. Other things can be applied to your skin as well, like hydrocortisone cream to lessen the itching or Calamine lotion. Children have a harder time not leaving the little red bumps alone; consider covering the area with gauze so they don’t scratch the area as often.
The third and last thing to help alleviate the symptoms related to bed bug bites is to take a Benadryl, this is especially important if you had an allergic reaction to the bites. Only about twenty percent of the population will not get an allergic reaction to bed bug bites. Those of us, who do, which is most of us, will develop a rash that lasts for a week or so.
If you have bed bug bites, you have a bed bug problem. Get it under control immediately. Natural substances like diatomaceous earth and sodium lauryl sulfate work effectively to destroy bed bugs. Search the internet for product lines containing these substances.
By: Bradley Skierkowski