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Simple Treatments for Bed Bug Bites

A bed bug biting a human host.

One of the most common bug bites to affect humans is the nasty bed bug bite. Bed bugs are known human parasites and can be found almost anywhere in the world. They feed quite exclusively on human blood and can make life unbearable for their human victims. They can also pose challenges to even the most experienced bed bug exterminator. Here are some tips on treating bites in the unfortunate event that you might be dealing with these insects.

Everyone has a different reaction to bed bug bites and some may experience swelling, rashes, psychological trauma and itchiness. Simply looking at a bite, it is not generally possible to determine if it is a bed bug bite or a bite by some other insect like a mosquito. A little detective work is necessary to determine this. Thoroughly clean your sleeping area with disinfectant and observe the results. If your bed has blood spots, this could indicate the bugs being squashed while you slept.

One of the common treatments for bed bug bites is Vaseline jelly. A thick coat of it over your body helps with the swelling and also reduces the itchiness felt. Another common procedure is tea tree oil. This can be soothing and help with the pain. You can also use Aloe Vera with which any people find relief. You can use a cream or if you have access to a plant simply cut off a tip of the plant and dab it on the infected areas. Another remedy to reduce the itching is vinegar. Dab some on your body and it should help.

Signs of bites from these insects can materialize immediately or may take up to a week or more to show up. Once visible, you should wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and then use some anti-itching cream to soothe the area. Should you have significant swelling, you must visit a doctor as soon as possible. If that is not possible, any cream or tablet that contains benadryl should do. Even Ibuprofen is good. It reduces the swelling considerably. However, care must be taken to not over use these medicines as it can be harmful for you.

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