Bed Bug Rash Got You Itching? Here Are Home Remedies To Relieve The Itch

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Bed bugs are nasty little parasites that hide in your bed and feed off your blood. If you've been traveling or camping, you could have picked them up in hotel rooms or cabins. Once they've infested your home, you'll need an exterminator, such as Midwest Exterminating, to get rid of them permanently.

Unfortunately, they're so small that you might not even know you're sleeping with them. In fact, one of the first visible signs that you've got a bed bug problem might be a rash. When bed bugs feed off your blood, they leave small bites that can become infected.

Those bites develop into a raised, red rash. If you've developed an itchy rash that looks like many small bites, check your bed for the following signs.

  • Small drops of dried blood

  • Dead bugs in the cracks and crevices of the mattress

  • Small white eggs attached to the edges of the mattress

Once you've determined that you have bed bugs, you can begin treating the rash. Here are some natural home remedies to relieve the itching associated with bed bug rash.

Anti-Itch Pastes

When you have a bed bug rash, you want to get rid of the itch as soon as possible. Natural anti-itch pastes will reduce the redness and alleviate the itch. Here are two simple pastes you can make at home.

Baking Soda Paste

Place a ¼ cup of baking soda into a small bowl and add enough water to form a soft paste. Apply the paste directly to the rash and allow it to dry until the itching has subsided. Once the itch is gone, rinse the area with clear water and allow it to air dry. You can repeat this process whenever the itch returns.

Aspirin Paste

Aspirin is another easy way to relieve the itch of a bedbug rash, especially if only a small area is affected. Place several aspirins in a bowl and crush them into a fine powder. Add enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste to your rash using cotton applicators. Allow the paste to sit on the rash for about 30 minutes. Wash the affected area with soap and water.

Essential Oils

Just a few drops of essential oils will relieve the swelling and relieve the itching of those bed bug bites. You can also place a few drops of the essential oils on your bed to keep the bugs away once they've been exterminated.

Place equal amounts of lemon, lime and citronella oils in a small bowl and mix well. Dab the oils on your rash using cotton balls. If the itch returns, simply repeat the application.

Bed bugs can be a real pain. If you have a problem with bed bugs, call an exterminator as soon as possible. If you've developed a bed bug rash, use these home remedies to treat the itching and redness.


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