How do you reduce the numbers of bugs you can’t see? How do you know how bad the infestation is if there is no trail left behind except for the sporadic itchy (or non-itchy) bites and a phantom sense that something is crawling in your bed?
According to the Journal of American Medical Association, “In many cases, there is no reaction and barely any visible evidence of a puncture from a bite.”
When a reaction does occur, the most common symptom is small itchy bumps but can be severe as an allergic reaction with inflammation, swelling, or a fluid-filled rash.
What to do if you have a bed bug bite?
Wash the Bite with Soap and Water
Apply a Steroidal Anti-Itch Cream
Hydrocortisone or cortisone cream will reduce the itchiness of the infected area as well as inflammation. This can be found at your local drugstore or pharmacy.
Other ways to get itch relief to include the following:
- Combine baking soda and water to create an anti-itch paste. Apply this to the infected area.
- Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and rub the infected area to relieve irritation.
- Apply Aloe Vera gel to the infected area for pain relief.
Consult Your Doctor