Nobody wants bed bugs in their house. Having bed bugs isn’t an indication that your house is dirty. Anyone can have bed bugs, no matter how clean their house is. You can pick them up from a place you’ve been to or they can just crawl in and occupy your house. They hide in your mattress and don’t come out until night time sets in. Then they pierce your skin and drink your blood. Also, these bed bugs reproduce at a high rate and once your house is infected with them, it’s quite difficult to get rid of them. On some people, bed bug bites are hardly noticeable and look similar to mosquito bites. But for others, it causes redness, rashes and is accompanied with itching.
Here Are A Few Home Remedies That Will Help You Get Rid Of Bed Bug Bites.
Oatmeal has phenol in abundance and contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the rashes and itching caused by the bed bug bites. All you need to do is make a paste. Take some oatmeal and add a few drops of water to it. Smear this onto your skin and let it absorb it. Another excellent way to use oatmeal is to prepare a bath out of bath. Fill your tub with luke warm water and add about half a cup of oatmeal to it. Pepper oil keeps the skin healthy and also prevents acne. You can add a few drops of this to your bath too. Enjoy a long relaxing bath and let your skin soak in it.
2. Banana peel
We always eat the banana and throw away the peel. Well, seems like that’s useful now too! The inside of the peel has many nutritional benefits and contains potassium and fiber. Banana peel is used to treat many skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It has antioxidant properties and reduces the itching. Take the banana peel and rub it on your skin, on the regions affected, using the inner side of the peel. Repeat the same multiple times a day.
3. White Clay
White Clay acts as a great moisturizing agent and keeps the skin clean. It helps ease the pain and itchiness caused by bed bug bites. All you need to do is mix some water with white clay and make a paste. Rub this paste onto the bite marks and let it dry. After it dries, rinse it thoroughly with water. White clay is available as a treatment powder for the bites. However, this is expensive. So, you could just make your own paste at home.
Well, this is probably the easiest home remedy on the list. You don’t even need to buy this exclusively to treat your bed bug bite. Toothpaste is widely used to reduce acne too. It works because it contains ingredients which provide a cooling and soothing effect, like menthol. This helps to soothe the pain and itchiness experienced. You can also make use of mouthwash for this! All that you have to do is squeeze out some toothpaste and apply it on the bite marks. Wash it off after ten minutes. Repeat this procedure a couple of times a day.
Onion contains sulphur and has anti-oxidant properties which make it a great remedy for bed bug bites. Moreover, it helps in de-toxifying and keeps your blood clean. You can use onion in quite a few ways. One way is to just cut out a slice and rub it on the bite mark for a few minutes. You could also simply place the onion on the marks and secure it with a bandage. Another option is to make a paste. Extract the onion juice and smear it all over the affected areas. You’ll have to repeat this frequently every day.
6. Baking Soda
Baking Soda has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and helps with the itching experienced by your skin. It contains sodium bicarbonate which helps in balancing the pH level of the skin. Mix baking soda and water in the ratio 3:1 and make a paste. Smear this on the bite regions and let it be for ten minutes or so. Wash it thoroughly after that. In case you’re still experiencing itching, repeat the same after an hour or so.
7.Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one home remedy which is included for almost every problem. The benefits it has are endless. Apart from being a great remedy for acne and various skin disorders, it helps a lot when you’re bitten with bed bugs too! Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties which help in decreasing swelling on the skin. Moreover, it greatly helps in reducing the pain and itching. All you need to do is dab it on your skin gently with a cotton ball and leave it on a for a few minutes before rinsing it off. In case you don’t have apple cider vinegar, substitute it with the normal white vinegar.
Turmeric helps a great deal with the itchiness, the redness and the swelling. This, like most remedies listed above has anti-inflammatory properties too. Take some turmeric powder and add water to it. Make a fine paste and apply it on the areas affected. You will have to leave it on for a couple of hours before washing it off. If you don’t have the powder with you and only the rhizome, you can make a paste just fine out of that too. It’s good to use a new one as it does not leave on dark stains. Wet it and rub it on a stone or any solid surface. You’ll find the paste flowing down the rhizome. Collect it and apply it on the bite marks.
9. Ice Cubes
We all often use ice cubes when we’re hurt or when there’s a bump anywhere on the skin. We do it because of the soothing feel that it gives us. Well, same goes for bed bug bites too! Ice cubes help in easing the itchiness caused by the bites. Just use it the way you’ve been using it all this time. Take a piece of cloth and put ice cubes on it. Wrap it around them and place it on the affected areas. Continue doing the same for about fifteen minutes. The ice cubes make the nerve endings go numb and this is how the itching reduces.