Home remedies for bug bites include keeping an ice pack over a piece of cloth on the bite mark for 15 to 20 minutes each hour for the first six hours, alternating with a cool, wet cloth, according to WebMD, and applying heat to the affected area after six hours once the swelling goes down. Elevating the affected area may also help prevent swelling.Know More
Oral antihistamines and topical medications such as hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion may relieve itching, according to WebMD, and nonprescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin can relieve discomfort. Best Health recommends applying a paste made of baking soda and lotion to the affected area to reduce swelling and rubbing it with an onion slice or crushed clove of garlic to reduce inflammation.
Rubbing the area with ammonia, rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizers that contain alcohol may relieve itching, according to chemistry expert Dr. Anne Marie Helmenstine for About.com. Tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide may disinfect the bug bite and help to prevent infection. Condiments such as ketchup and mustard may help reduce inflammation by altering the pH of the skin or drying out the bite, or simply by being cold, notes Helmenstine.Learn more about Insect & Animal Bites
Flea bites and bed-bug bites look similar, but can be distinguished by their appearance and arrangement on the affected area. Flea bites appear in groups of three or four, whereas bed bug bites appear in a straight pattern of rows of three or more, according to MD-Health.com.Full Answer >
Pictures of bedbug bites can be found on WebMD, Healthline and MedlinePlus. According to WebMD, bedbug bites appear as itchy, red, irritated welts on the skin.Full Answer >
Home remedies for treating head lice include soaking clothing and bedding in water with a temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit, dry cleaning, sealing contaminated items in a plastic bag for 2 weeks, wet-combing the hair, using domestic smothering agents and vacuum cleaning. If a child is affected, it is a good idea to consult a doctor or medical professional for assistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Full Answer >
Wash bedbug bites with soap and water to prevent infection and keep itching at bay, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. A weak form of corticosteroid can reduce itching, and a stronger corticosteroid can be prescribed if necessary.Full Answer >