There are things in the night that love to feast on your blood. No, they’re not vampires — they’re bed bugs! It’s very important for you to spring into action the moment that you come across signs that these creepy crawlers are in your bedroom, either through some home remedies or by contacting the pros.
But in the meantime, this article focuses on some of the things you may do when you’re bitten by bed bugs.
Most people who have been victimized by bed bugs do not even now that they’re bitten, until they spot bite marks that look just like pieces of evidence left behind by other small insects. Bed bug bites, usually, come in groups of 3 to 5 bites that appear on exposed areas of the body such as the hands, arms, neck and face.
Some individuals develop some form of allergic reaction to bed bug bites — the bites tend to end up red, swollen and itchy. Scratching can make things worse, in particular if the skin gets broken and an infection strikes.
Without further ado, here are some of the things that you may do when bitten by bed bugs:
Immediately, reach for an ice cube and wrap it in a small piece of cloth — never apply an ice cube directly on your skin. Place the wrapped ice cube on the bite marks to help eliminate both swelling and itching. You may perform this remedy for bed bug bites several times a day, each one lasting for about 10 minutes.
Daub Lemon Juice
Lemon juice may also be applied on each of the bite marks because its vitamin C content has antioxidant properties, which can help put an end to the redness, swelling and itchiness. Also, lemon juice can help ward off an infection. There’s no need to rinse off lemon juice afterwards — just let it stay there.
Use Baking Soda
You may also come up with a special bed bug bite-eliminating paste out of baking soda. Simply add a few drops of water to a teaspoon of baking soda, or more if you have lots of bite marks. Mix very well and apply the paste on the problem areas. After about 10 minutes, thoroughly rinse off the dried baking soda paste with water.
Opt for Oatmeal
Aside from baking soda paste, you may also use oatmeal paste instead. All you have to do is mix some oatmeal and a little water — this will result in a starchy mixture. Apply liberally on areas of your body where those pesky bed bugs have feasted on. Rinse off after about 15 to 20 minutes. Do this up to twice a day.
Count on Aloe Vera
Inside every aloe vera leaf is a gel that has superb anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Needless to say, it is something that you may use to alleviate the signs and symptoms of bed bug bites. Collect aloe vera gel, apply some of it on the bed bug bite marks, and stash the rest in the fridge for use later.
Rely on ACV
Having a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your kitchen means you have an instant remedy for bed bug bites. Simply pour a little amount of the sour liquid in a small bowl. Using a cotton swab, daub it on each and every bite mark. Once dry, thoroughly rinse off with water. Repeat application a few minutes after if the problem persists.
Place Used Tea Bags
Are you fond of drinking black or green tea? Then you can have your favorite beverage and zap bed bug bites all at the same time. After making a cup of tea, allow the tea bag to cool to room temperature and then stash it in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, place it over the bed bug bite to attain instant relief.