You or somebody you know might have complained about a new itch that appeared overnight. The source could be a variety of biting insects like mosquitos or fleas, but bed bugs can cause persistent pain and irritation if their home is now yours. How do you tell?
The symptoms of bed bug bites include red welts in clusters or zigzag patterns. Sometimes individuals mistake these marks for chickenpox, rashes or hives. You should verify the source by checking your mattress and box spring underneath the covers for a possible bed bug infestation.
Here’s how to address the itchiness and soreness of a bed bug bite.
Getting Treatment After Discovering a Bed Bug Bite
If you find only a few bites on your skin, and there are no signs of an allergic reaction, you can typically treat the irritation yourself at home. The good old-fashioned solution is washing thoroughly with soap and water. A good wash will help with the itch, and more importantly, keep the skin clean so there’s less chance of developing an infection.
It’s sometimes hard to avoid scratching the bites. You may get some relief by finding corticosteroid cream at your local drugstore and applying it to your affected skin. For a higher-strength solution, you will need to get a prescription from a doctor.
When to See a Dermatologist
Schedule an appointment with a skin doctor as soon as possible if:
- you have many bites
- blisters form on the skin
- a skin infection develops from scratching — spots start oozing or feeling tender to the touch
- an allergic reaction occurs — skin turns red, gets swollen or breaks out in hives
Severe allergic reactions will need immediate attention, often in the form of an injection of an antihistamine, corticosteroid or epinephrine.
A dermatologist can examine the condition of your skin and determine the right treatment going forward. For infections, the doctor might recommend an antibiotic or antiseptic. A moderate allergic reaction may require an oral antihistamine to lessen the swelling or irritation.
A bug bite typically takes one to two weeks to heal and disappear.
Your Next Step After Bed Bug Treatment — Call a Pest Control Expert
To save yourself further anxiety, discomfort and restless nights, you have to go after the bed bug problem. Choosing a dependable pest exterminator service is the best way to guarantee that the bed bugs in your sleeping area — and any that might be hiding throughout the house — will bother you no longer.
Spectrum Pest Control has helped many families across the Greater Pittsburgh region sleep better by eliminating the bed bug infestations in their homes. Rather than risking yourself or your family by using unknown chemicals on your own, the Spectrum treatment is the safest option. Our technicians use a careful combination of pesticide and heat, and are open to answering any questions you have about the process. We’re committed to making your home clean and free of bed bugs, just like we’d want for our families.
To learn more about our services or protection, give Spectrum Pest Control a call or contact us online for help with bed bugs or any household pest.