Treating Bed Bug Bites with Home Remedies

When it comes to bed bug bites, they can be really annoying, itchy and even painful at times. Fortunately, there are a number of over the counter medications as well as natural home remedies that will effectively treat the bites.
For many people, using natural home remedies offers an inexpensive answer to the issue of bug bites without having to use any medications that might cause an allergic reaction. However, the home remedies are generally less expensive and some can be made from products may be within your home already.

Common Home Remedies for Bed Bug Bites

All of the natural remedies that are listed are designed to take away the itchiness from the bed bug bites. While the redness will take time to fade away, by treating the itch first these products will help induce healing by preventing you from scratching the area in general.

Baking Soda and Water: Baking soda is arguably the most useful product that you will find in the home. In addition, baking soda is dirt cheap as well and when mixed with a little water to form a paste it can be spread on the bites which will take away the itchiness and help heal the wound.

Just mix a little baking soda with water until you come up with a paste that is not too thick or too runny so that it will stay on the area that is affected. Let it sit for around an hour until it is dry and then gently wash away the mixture, then pat the area with a towel or cloth until it is dry. This should take away any itchiness, but if it comes back you can simply re-apply the paste.

Aloe: The gel that is created from the aloe plant is how many people treat bed bug bites in general for a couple of reasons. The gel almost immediately takes away the itchiness while the natural antibiotic and antifungal properties keep the area from becoming infected. If fact, if you keep aloe plants around your home, all you need to do is take off a tip and rub the bitten area with the natural gel.

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has an astringent that can be applied directly to the affected area which will help to clear away the itchiness. Lemon juice is quite common and inexpensive which makes for a cheap way to take away the itch and allowing the bite to heal properly.

Witch Hazel and St. John’s Wort: These are two natural astringents that work much in the same fashion as lemon juice.

Peppermint Oil: This is another natural product that can be used in your bath. Simply pour in half a cup of peppermint oil into your bath water and it will relieve the itching very quickly. Plus, the smell alone is certainly nice.

Overall, there are plenty of natural treatments for bed bug bites that you can use to take away the itchiness without having to resort to over the counter medications.

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