How to Stop Bed Bug Itching

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How to Stop Bed Bug Itching
How to Stop Bed Bug Itching

Bed bugs create itchy bumps on the skin when they bite. The insects produce a chemical that causes the itching, according to Bed Bugs Guide. Not everyone who is bitten by a bed bug will have an itchy bite, according to the site. Using creams and lotions soothe the itching, which prevents you from scratching. Using items like eggplants and oatmeal to remove the harmful chemicals in the bite also reduces itching. An open bite takes longer to heal and can cause an infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone itch cream
  • Anti-itch spray
  • Peppermint oil
  • Cotton ball
  • Oatmeal
  • Cup
  • Tablespoon
  • Water
  • Eggplant
  • Knife
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Instructions

  1. Ease Itching

    • 1

      Apply a dime-sized drop of calamine lotion or hydrocortisone itch cream to your finger.

    • 2

      Gently massage the lotion or cream on top of and around the bite. Allow it to soak into the skin.

    • 3

      Spray anti-itch spray over the bite. Allow it to dry before covering with any clothing.

    Healing

    • 4

      Wet a cotton ball with peppermint oil. Do not soak it. Wipe the wet cotton ball on the bed bug bite.

    • 5

      Pour 1/4 cup of water into a cup. Add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and stir. Apply the oatmeal to the bug bite. Rinse the oatmeal off after it hardens, according to Health News.

    • 6

      Cut a small slice of eggplant. Hold the eggplant on the bug bite for about five minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the bite becomes infected, see a doctor.

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