Usually, bed bug bites are determined with there are trails of bites in your skin, but sometimes, it’s really hard to know if these come from bed bugs in the first place. Still, there are a number or easy home remedies to use to treat them.
There are a number of over-the-counter medicines which are available at your local drugstore. One of which is anti-itch cream, which should contain an ingredient called hydrocortisone (or cortisone for short). This cream relieves itching so it won’t make you scratch your skin from time to time (and making it worse). If ever you wanted to use this, make sure that you read the instructions on the package very carefully before using it.
Usually, overtime, bed bug bites can turn to rashes. When this happens, another over-the-counter option is calamine lotion, which you can use hand-in-hand with your anti-itch cream. It also protects your skin while it heals so you never have to worry about breakouts if ever.
Bed bug bites tend to be very itchy, so it’s also best to purchase something that can control the feeling of scratching it. For itch control, you can buy a good anaesthetic gel that should contain diphenhydramine.
Since rashes, bites, and patches are considered signs of allergic reaction, taking antihistamine controls the swelling on your skin which is caused by bed bug bites. Take note that when taking this, it will possibly make you feel a bit drowsy or sleepy, so make sure to take this when going to sleep or when you don’t need to undergo any physical activity.
If you prefer to use some ingredients from your cupboard, you can try treating bed bug bites by using a mixture of baking soda and water. Simply add drops of water to a small amount of baking soda until it makes a paste, and then apply a good coat to the affected skin and let it rest for about an hour or two. Wash it off thoroughly with water. The baking soda is said to relieve itching and some swelling from the bites.
Lastly, if you don’t like the feeling of roughness that you get from the baking soda, you can also use lemon juice (the fresh kind) or witch hazel extract to help it dry out faster than just letting it heal by itself.