Bed bug bites can be the bane of your life. The feeling of your own bed not being clean is an extremely unpleasant one. At the very least, it will leave you suffering sleepless nights. As well as the emotional discomfort, there’s also the physical injuries to consider.
Not only are bed bug bites unsightly, they are also itchy, irritating, uncomfortable and painful.
How to treat bed bug bites
So, bed bugs have struck, what do you do next? The first step is to confirm that they are indeed bed bug bites. Here are some of the tell-tale signs to look out for.
- Bed bug bites tend to appear in clusters or in rows of 3-5 bites.
- Bed bug bites appear on exposed areas of the body, such as the neck, face and limbs.
- The individual bumps and rashes will typically solve themselves within 2 weeks. However, until you have eliminated the bed bugs, they will keep biting.
Next, confirm the presence of bed bugs. They get their name from their preferred habitat. Bed bugs lurk in places they can easily access human blood. However, as well as in your bed, they may also be in carpets, dark room corners or just about anywhere.
They are notoriously difficult to spot. Check your entire bedding for traces including sleeping bugs, shed skins and faeces. Next, you need to treat the bites themselves. Here are some of the most common treatment methods:
- Wash the bites with soap and water. You don’t want to overdo it, so, use a mild soap. Rub it into a lather with enough water to cover your hands and liberally cover the affected area. Then, leave it to dry.
- There are also a number of home remedies out there that people have used to combat bed bugs. These include a paste made from baking soda and water, lemon juice on a cotton ball and aloe vera gel.
- For more serious bites, you may be able to get a steroid cream from the pharmacy.
Can I claim compensation if I suffer from bed bug bites?
Say, for example, you are on holiday and end up suffering bed bug bites from your hotel bed. In this instance, you may well be due holiday injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today for more information.
Our expert advisors are here for a no-obligation consultation. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice