Treating Bed Bug Bites

The above situation in the video may be considered an extreme example of a skin reaction to bed bug bites. However, everyone’s skin will react differently, but in most cases, bed bug bites can take minutes, hours or even days to show up. The flat, red welts generally won’t itch at first but will with time. Bed bug bites will start getting better within one to two weeks if you have stopped the bed bug infestation or move away from it.

To relieve symptoms, it may help to:

  • Apply an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to bites.
  • Take an oral antihistamine to reduce itching and burning.
  • Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve swelling and pain.

Bedbug bites can cause an infection and or allergic reaction. To reduce the risk of infection, wash the bites with soap and water and try not to scratch them. If you develop signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction, call 911 immediately.