Remedies for cockroach bite
A cockroach bite can trigger a reaction in some individuals. Cockroaches eat both meat and plants and belong to the category of omnivores. They usually bite the feet, hands, eyelashes and fingernails. A cockroach bite can cause irritation, swelling and lesions and sometimes it can cause infections.
Cockroaches do not usually bite humans being except in situations where food is limited and there is a high population of cockroaches. If the population of cockroaches is left unchecked, they will be forced to look for more food when there is limited food and scavenge on other things that they do not usually consume.
Symptoms of cockroach bite
- The formation of red-colored bumps which are bigger than a mosquito bite and like scabs. Scratching can result to inflammation.
- Skin rashes and redness with similarity to mosquito bites
- Group of bumps at the bitten area
- Wash the bitten area using soap and water. Avoid scratching the wound to prevent development of infection.
- Apply an ice pack on the affected area to lessen the inflammation and the swelling.
- Slice a piece of onion and rub it against the cockroach bite to eliminate the toxins, germs and other substances from the area.
- Apply alcohol on the affected area to lessen the inflammation and prevents infection. Alcohol functions as a solvent and an antiseptic.
- Make a paste by mixing baking soda and a few drops of water. Mix well until it becomes a paste and apply on the affected area. Leave it on for at least 15-20 minutes. Baking soda neutralizes the acidity of the cockroach bite and provides a cooling effect on the area. Another alternative is mixing baking soda and a few drops of vinegar. Mix until it becomes a paste and apply on the bite site.
- Put a teaspoon of Epsom salt in hot water and mix well until totally dissolved. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab it lightly on the cockroach bite to lessen the pain and the swelling.
- Mix calamine lotion, baking soda and a teaspoon of water. Mix well and apply on the affected area several times in 24 hours until the symptoms disappear.
- Apply the prescribed hydrocortisone ointment on the affected area to lessen the itching and the swelling.
- Keep the house clean and tidy to minimize infestation of cockroaches.
- Make sure that every member of the household is clean especially children before going to bed.
- Brushing the teeth and thorough bathing are needed to prevent a cockroach bite
Disclaimer / More Information
The material posted on this page on a cockroach bite is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage this type of insect bite by taking a first aid and CPR class with one of our training providers.