On this page, we’ll go over the best products and methods to get you fast relief from the itching.
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Stopping the itch is good for your mind and health. The most common physical ailment caused by bed bugs is an infection of an area that has been scratched raw. These products will help you avoid that.
You should be able to find most of them at your local pharmacy.
For more on bed bug bites, see our resources on diagnosing bed bug bites. For pictures of bites, see the gallery of pictures of bed bug bites on real people. We also discuss how to stop bites during an infestation so you can get a good night’s rest.
Pharmacy Solutions for Bed Bug Bites
- Calamine Lotion: A drying agent that stops inflammation of rashes and protects the skin. Eases symptoms of itchiness and pain
- Antihistamine Tablets: Take as prescribed to control allergic reactions like rashes and swelling.
- Topical Antihistamine: Apply directly on bitten areas to relieve inflammation.
- Advil: Contains ingredients that fight inflammation, more so than most other pain relievers.
Anti-Itch And Anti-Inflammation
- Over-the-counter analgesics containing pramoxine and/or diphendrydramine: Typically topical products. They relieve pain and itching at the same time. Pramoxine is especially great at stopping itchiness.
- Mild over-the-counter steroidal creams containing hydrocortisone: Control swelling, itchiness, and redness.
- Generic pain relievers that include acetaminophen can help if you are experiencing pain
Home Remedies for Bed Bug Bites
Homemade itch and inflammation fixes have existed forever. They seem to work for most people.
You likely have the ingredients for several solutions sitting around already.
Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions to add to the lists.
Astringent products: Dab one of these products onto the bitten area and let them dry to ease itching.
- Diluted Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has mild antiseptic properties that help reduce chances of infection.
- Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe helps reduces inflammation thanks to natural antibiotic properties.
- White Vinegar: White vinegar reduces inflammation thanks to natural antibiotic properties.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar reduces inflammation thanks to natural antibiotic properties.
- Aspirin Paste: Aspirin paste reduces inflammation and protects the skin from itching. Here’s how to make one.
Anti-Itch And Anti-Inflammation
Heat Treatment Options
- Hot baths
- Heat pads
- Warm damp cloths/towels
- Water pouches filled with warm water
- Warm soapy water lathered onto bitten areas and left to dry will relieve itching
- Lather with antibacterial soap for even better results
Different Reactions to Bites
If bites have you feeling seriously unwell, don’t hesitate. See a medical professional.
“They only want to bite me,” is a common thing to hear in stories of couples dealing with bed bugs.
If one person is showing symptoms of bed bug bites, both of you are definitely getting bitten.
While you might consider yourself a part of the unlucky 70%, being itchy can be useful.
How else would you know to start looking for bed bugs? Without itchiness, bed bugs wouldn’t be on anyone’s mind until infestations become obvious.
Being itchy and catching an infestation early is the best-case scenario. That is, after not getting bed bugs in the first place.
You’re bound to get bitten a few times. Having the knowledge and products to deal with itching will make things easier.
You can always start prevention today. It’s never a bad idea – prevention is much cheaper and easier than treatment.
Check out the page dedicated to bed bug bites for everything there is to know about them.