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bedbugs are annoying insects that hide

in soft warm places like beds couches

and clothing these bugs feed on their

hosts at night leaving small bite marks

that though rarely dangerous should be

treated right away to prevent unwanted

symptoms and potential allergic

reactions to prevent more bites in the

future you'll need to get rid of your

bedbug infestation completely how to

treat bed bug bites

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part one identifying a bedbug bite one

inspect the bites carefully bed bug

bites commonly resemble other insect

bites including mosquito bites they

typically involve a raised reddish bump

that can also affair as a blister bedbug

bites are very difficult to distinguish

from other insect bites even a clinical

physician cannot usually diagnose by it

simply by looking at them bedbugs do

however have a unique bite pattern while

though some bites may appear alone most

bites occur in a row of three to five

bites termed breakfast lunch and dinner

or in a cluster of red bumps a rash

called bedbug dermatitis the bites often

appear in a zigzag formation but may

appear in a straight line if the bugs

bite you in the morning

bites tend to occur on exposed areas of

the body studies show that they have a

preference of mighting the skin around

the eyelids and such areas as the neck

face feet and arms in contrast to

mosquito bites bed bug bites rarely

occur on the back of the knees or in the

folds of the skin the bumps are the rash

typically resolved themselves within one

to two weeks however although an

individual bite or set of bites may heal

if you have not eradicated the problem

through pest extermination then you may

continue to get bitten as long as there

are bedbugs they will try to get at you

to pay attention to the bites occur pay

attention to when the bites occur

consider for example if you notice the

bites after waking up when previously

you hadn't noticed them however this can

also be difficult to determine because

each person's reaction time can vary

significantly symptoms that result from

the bite can manifest at any point from

a couple of hours to more than a week

after the bite occurred bedbug bites can

have a long incubation period

visible signs of the bite a red itchy

bump can appear up to ten days after you

were initially bitten three check

bedbugs signs in your home check your

home for signs of bedbugs start with

where you sleep bedbugs want to be where

people are so they can get the warm

blood of humans a telling sign is red

spots on the sheets these may come from

a bedbug that was squashed after feeding

or from the bites left on you when the

bug finished feeding on you inspect your

entire mattress including the lining and

seams look for sleeping bedbugs

carcasses empty skins their exoskeletons

and feces this will look like little

black spots or smudges check your sheets

pillowcases and pillows as well it is

very difficult to see and catch a living

bedbug they are tiny brownish insects

with broad oval shaped bodies are very

good at hiding however finding a bedbug

is the only way to confirm that that is

indeed what that you for visit your

doctor you can also see a doctor for

diagnosis if you do not find signs of

bedbugs in your bed and cannot identify

the source of the bites or rash however

there is a very good chance that your

physician will not be able to firmly

diagnose that you have been bitten by a

bedbug because the symptoms look so

similar to those that result from other

insect bites and skin conditions

nevertheless you may feel comforted by

going to see your doctor who can confirm

for you that bedbugs pose little

physical threat to humans your doctor

may prescribe a topical corticosteroid

pointment to help relieve itching and

inflammation these moments are stronger

than the ones you can buy

over-the-counter 5 call an exterminator

this is the surest way to confirm that

you have been bitten by a bedbug an

exterminator will search your home and

be able to confirm whether or not you

have an infestation on your hands an

exterminator will know what to look for

and can also then treat your home to

remove the bedbugs and prevent future

bites from occurring home foggers and in

bug sprays will not usually kill a

bedbug infestation

make sure you part two treating bed bug

bites 1 wash with soap and water wash

the bites with soap and water wash the

area with mild soap and water use a bar

of soap and enough water to wet surface

of your hands work the soap and your

hands into thick soapy lather rub the

lather over the effective area liberally

repeat until the entire area is covered

leave on and do not rinse allow the soap

lather to dry over the bitten areas you

should experience immediate relief from

itching washing the bites with soapy

water can help alleviate itchiness and

prevent a skin infection to relieve

itching with home remedies use home

remedies to relieve itching you can try

a number of the following remedies to

relieve the itching associated with the

bites these all use products you

probably already have on hand make a

paste of baking soda and water slowly

add small amounts of water to the baking

soda and stir until you have a thick

paste apply a thick coat of the pace to

your bedbug bites

allow the paste to dry and stay on the

rash for an hour or more before washing

it off with warm water saturate a cotton

ball with lemon juice st. John's word or

witch hazel all of which are natural

astringent dab with the rash with the

cotton ball to help dry it out and

control the itch apply the gel from an

aloe plant to bedbug bites

use pure 100% aloe vera gel aloe

contains both antibiotic and antifungal

properties which can help prevent

against a secondary infection due to

scratching 3 apply steroidal anti itch

cream apply asteroid al anti itch

over-the-counter OTC cream a cream that

contains hydrocortisone or courtesan

such as corded can reduce inflammation

and itching you can buy a 1%

hydrocortisone cream from any drugstore

of pharmacy your doctor can tell you

which cream and brand is ideal for you

follow the packages directions to apply

the cream correctly the cream is very

mild and does not cause side-effects if

used for a short period of time

like a week you can also get a stronger

corticosteroid cream with a doctor's

prescription for use calamine lotion

when applied to the bites calamine

lotion may provide some symptomatic

relief from the itching it will also

help to dry the rash and protect the

skin as it heals 5 take oral

antihistamine oral antihistamines such

as diphenhydramine benadryl can help

control the allergic reaction the

swelling and rash associated with the

bites follow package instructions for

proper dosages be aware that benadryl

can cause drowsiness and you should

avoid driving while taking it you could

also try an OTC antihistamine cream that

you apply topically to the affected area

6 get pain relief if the bites are

causing you any discomfort or pain you

can take OTC anti-inflammatory analgesic

oral medication such as ibuprofen

naproxen or aspirin discuss these

options with your doctor if you have any

doubt about their usage and whether

these medications are right for you

ibuprofen advil is a non-steroidal

anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs it works

by reducing hormones that cause

inflammation and pain in the body it

also reduces hormones that trigger fever

aspirin acetylsalicylic acid is a drug

that works as an analgesic relieving

pain by inhibiting pain signals in the

brain it is also an anti paretic a drug

that reduces fever do not give to

children

however acetaminophen tylenol is safer

than aspirin for children and has many

of the same effects as aspirin it is not

of NSA ID however and will not reduce

inflammation 7 consult your physician

see your doctor if your bite does not

clear up within the natural course of a

bedbug bite one to two weeks you should

also see a doctor for treatment if you

have any of the following bedbug bites

like all insect bites can become

infected through excessive scratching as

underneath the fingernails lies

host of bacterial pathogens if your

mites become infected they will appear

red and swollen feel tender and may

drain pus typically there will not be a

fever unless of substantial area of the

skin is involved if you experience any

of these symptoms you must seek medical

attention as it points to a secondary

infection your physician may prescribe

antibiotic therapy or if the infection

is mild an antiseptic medication that

you can buy without a prescription

if you experience of severe allergic

reaction

your doctor may want to give you an

injection of an antihistamine

corticosteroid / epinephrine adrenaline

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