Rashes due to bedbugs
Bedbugs can grow up to the length of an apple seed. They swell and become reddish in color after feeding and only feed on blood. Under cool conditions, bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding. They are highly active at night when the host is sleeping.
Bedbugs can be found in crevices, cracks and also on the seams of mattress, furniture, sheets, electrical outlets, behind baseboards and picture frames. They can be found in hotels and can travel from room to room and spread to the luggage of visitors or other personal belongings such as briefcases and purses.
These parasites are attracted to warm environments and carbon dioxide which is being exhaled by oxygen-breathing species. Aside from humans, these parasites can also bite poultry, canaries, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, bats and mice.
Bites of bedbugs causes rash or welts and they also spread disease that causes a digestive and nervous disorders. Sometimes in sensitive people, they can cause allergic reactions.
Usually, the rash happens several hours after the bite. In some cases, the rash does not appear for days which depend on the person’s allergic reaction to the bite. Other people bitten by bedbugs will have no reaction, but other people who have more sensitivity to allergies can develop rashes that cause severe itching as they are continuously bitten every night.
- Apply lukewarm water above 120 degrees F or 50 degrees C to the bitten area immediately in order to help minimize the symptoms.
- Apply an ice pack on the affected area, wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and place on the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes at several times every day. Cold temperature helps make the nerve endings numb and helps minimize itching caused by bedbug bites and it also help lessen the swelling.
- Wash the bitten area regularly using antibacterial soap in order to help prevent the bacteria from growing on the rash and cause some infections.
- Mix baking soda and salt and apply to the affected area in order to help minimize swelling and redness. Mix a teaspoon to 3 teaspoons of water. Mix them well and apply to the affected for at least 10 minutes and rinse off. If there is still discomfort, apply again after 30-45 minutes.
- In a bathtub filled with lukewarm water, mix in powdered oatmeal and mix them well and soak the body in the mixture in order to help in relieving the itchiness and lessen inflammation of the area. A paste can also be made from powdered oatmeal and applied to the affected areas.
- Open the leaf of fresh aloe vera and then scoop out the gel inside the leaf and apply on the bedbug bites several times every day. Aloe vera gel helps lessen the itching and burning sensation caused by bedbug bites and other insects and it also helps with the healing as well as keeping the skin moisturized.