When it’s too late and you wake up covered in bed bug bites, what can you do? You’ve already been bitten and a trip to the ER will most likely net you many hours of sitting around with genuinely sick people. The easy answer is to use some easy home remedies to handle your situation or pick up something at a nearby store to help beat the bed bug bite blues.
What you use really depends on your preferences and how you feel about certain products. Some people won’t use product x because it contains ingredient y for example. Here’s some tried and true ways to get rid of inflammation, itching and overall discomfort.
Aloe has long been one of the most popular “cure all” plants of all time. It can be used on burns, bites, sunburns and any kind of skin condition. It’s even sold in drinkable form not just in special hippie shops but even at your local Wal-Mart. This versatile plant can be bought in a gel or kept whole in your home. You can break off pieces as needed and rub the inside on the affected area.
It sound weird but applying oatmeal to bug bites of all kinds seems to be very effective and has been used for centuries. This can function similar to aloe vera in that you can put oatmeal on any skin ailment to help speed the healing process. Honey is often added and it can be wrapped with cloth or just spread on the entire area.
The old standby to help get swelling down has been and always will be ice or an ice pack. Don’t have an icepack? Try a bag of frozen veggies. This almost always helps with itching as well.
Even if you prefer all natural remedies, some over the counter stuff can be life saving. Calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream and campho phenique are some very popular items that aren’t chemical heavy and really, really help when used as directed. If you live anywhere that has biting insects, you should have one or all of these in your cabinet anyway.
The best way of all is to simply NOT be bitten in the first place. Take time to inspect your mattress and bedding if staying in a hotel or at a friend’s house. They might not know they have bed bugs in the first place and a quick check could let them know there’s an issue. It can be embarrassing with friends and family but a hotel owner will need to know right now.
If picking up used items, make sure you know what you’re getting and learn how to check them out before loading them up and taking them into your home.
Overall, there’s worse things to be bitten or stung by but bed bug bites if accumulated over time can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort and on rare occasions can even lead to hospitalization.