Posted on | September 1, 2011 | No Comments
Not everybody has experienced a bed bug bite, and if you are one of the lucky few who haven’t, then count yourself lucky, as the itchiness can sometimes be unbearable, and resisting the temptation to scratch them requires some serious will power! Even though a bedbug bite may be annoying and maddening, they are not considered a health risk, as these bugs do not transfer any diseases. Treating their bites is simple, and can be done with items you may already own, or ones which will set you back only a couple of dollars.
Knowing when you have been bitten by a bedbug is easy to spot. A red rash and a small swelling is typically the side effects, but in some severe cases, an allergic reaction may occur and serious swelling and welts may occur. If this is the case for you, then seek medical advice as soon as possible. For the rest of us, let’s take a look at some simple ways to treat those itchy bites:
Possibly the best way to reduce the discomfort caused by bed bug bites, is by using corticosteroids or antihistamines. As these require a prescription, and the time it takes to obtain them may not be necessary for a ‘one-off’ bite, if you are a constant victim of the chinches feeding habits, then choosing these may be a good, long-term bed bugs treatment for the symptoms. They will provide fast relief and will heal the bites within a couple of days.
The simplest and the cheapest way to treat bed bug bites is by simply washing them with soap and water. Cleaning wounds has been the first step taken by people for thousands of years, and even though a bite does not compare to a laceration or a grazed knee, cleaning it with soap and water still has the same effect. To take your washing efforts to the next level, simply make a thick paste by mixing water with baking powder. Apply the home-made cream to the bites, leave them for a while, and then wash off with water and soap. This will provide a short-term solution to the itchiness and bother.
Several over the counter products will also do the trick, when trying to treat chinch bites. The best products to choose are ones which include: Calamine lotion, pramoxine, ibuprofen and aloe-Vera. The listed few work wonders, but so do hundreds of other products, so for more professional advice, seek an answer from your local GP, or a local pharmacist, and remember: Try not to scratch and visit this great bed bug portal where you will find more information on chinches!