The little pests in question belong to the category of ectoparasites, whose primary food source is the blood originating from mammals. Their favorite hiding spots are inside mattresses and linens. The reason is evident – this is the best spot from which they can organize their little attacks. The main question that is probably troubling the greatest number of people is the way they actually get inside the house and inside the bed in the first place. Well, it is known that quite often these pests join in on the ride back if the people in question have spent some time in the place that was infested with bed bugs. They tend to crawl into clothes, suitcases and anything else that a person has brought one to a vacation.
Even though this does not sound pleasant, one should not be that irritated or frightened due to the simple fact that the greatest majority of bed bug bites are quite easily treated in the warmth of one’s own home. On the other hand, if this gets out of control and becomes more serious, medical attention is recommended.
Bites and remedies
As previously mentioned, in most cases, these bites are not that severe and are fairly easily treated by use of homemade remedies. Important is to keep your hands off the spot that has suffered a bite and not scratch it since this will only make the irritation and the inflammation worse. One way to ease the itch is to dab a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and rub over the bite. In return, any bacteria present will meet its doom, and the itching and inflammation will also cease. For relieving pain and itching, use of Calamine lotion is recommended. In case this byte deteriorates and swelling occurs, one should make use of an ice pack, as well as a cold compress for the purpose of decreasing and stopping any further swelling. Also, the bitten spot should be covered with ice, which is to be kept there around 15 or 20 minutes, for this will surely bring the inflammation under control.
In specific cases, the bite may induce an allergic reaction. This makes it pretty difficult for the bite to heal on its own, and it can also bring about the occurrence of a more severe inflammation. If this does occur, the next step to be taken is visiting a physician who will most surely prescribe a specific oral antihistamine for bringing the allergic reaction under control, and also a corticosteroid for the purpose of reducing any inflammation that has already occurred.