Have you ever wondered on where those red itchy rashes on your skin in the morning come from? That’s all from bugs that hide in your bed and crawl out for their meal which is our blood before sunrise. They are brown insect with a shape of oval and size of an apple seed. They generally bite in the exposed area like neck, face and extremities for blood. The fact that each person react to a bed bug bite differently. Some may even experience a strong allergic reaction or in the worst case, an anaphylactic response. But you don’t have to worry about that horrible fact as it’s not a contagious disease as well as most people only develop a red swollen itchy rash without any serious reaction. Though this itchy rash can make you feel so eager to scratch that may lead to a skin infection. The bugs is typically found in your mattress but you can also suspect to see them in your couches, headboards, cracks and tiny crevices. Fortunately that there is a variety of remedies that you can make at your home to deal with those annoying bug attack.
Soap and water:
As soon as you notice the bite, use a mild soap to wash the bitten area that could help to relieve the level of itchiness. Soap and water acts as a light antiseptic and that’s explain why you should apply it directly in the affected area in order to prevent further infection.
Thanks to the cold temperature, a pack of ice cubes could induce a numbness sensation of the nerves in the affected area. That’s in return will ease the itchiness as well as the pain and even alleviate the swelling. So what you need to do is wrapping a couple of ice cubes in a wet piece of cloth then place the pack on the bitten skin for 15 minutes before removing it. Remember not to apply directly the ice on your skin as it can stick to your skin and cause ice burn.
Lemon juice is well-known as a natural astringent that could shrink the size of the bite. Besides, it contains a number of anti-inflammatory properties which is essential in healing the itchiness as well as the swelling caused by a bed bug bite. Dab a cotton ball which is soaked with lemon juice in your skin for some relieve. Alternatively, you can apply straightly a slice of lemon to your affected area with the same benefit.
One of the most useful application of baking soda is to tackle the itchiness resulted from stings. Mix baking soda with water to make a thick paste then apply the mixture on the affected area. Let it sit there for about one hours before wash it off with cold water ( in order to shrink the bite). You should use a lotion to moisturise the area to ensure it’ll not become dry as well as painful.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This can considered as one of the most effective method in dealing with bed bug bites since there is a wide range of anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties contained in apple cider vinegar. So apply some raw cider to the bites with a cotton ball and leave it there for a few minutes before use water to wash it off. In case there is no apple cider vinegar available in your house, white vinegar can be used instead.
Banana peel consists of a variety of bioactive compounds such as polyphenols and carotenoids which have been found to have a number of therapeutic properties. In order to alleviate the stinging sensation of the stings, rub the inner side of the peel to the area. Try to apply this measure several times during a day for a quick relief.
The cooling feeling everytime you brush your teeth come from a cooling agent contained in toothpaste. This agent turns out to be useful in reducing the irritation and itching caused by bug stings. Apply a layer of white toothpaste on the bitten skin and let it sit for 10 minute before clean the skin. It is recommended to do this process repeatedly for better outcome.
Cinnamon and honey paste
While cinnamon can cure a skin rash due to it anti-inflammatory properties, honey is great in moisturising your skin in which lessen the chance your bed bug bites turn into an open wound.
Mix honey and cinnamon thoroughly into a paste-like form and apply the paste on your skin. Let it sit there until it dry then wash it off. Apply this remedies on a daily basis. If you don’t have any honey in your home you can use water instead. It will prevent further infection.