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What are some home treatments for bedbug bites?

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Recommended home treatments for bedbug bites include washing the affected areas with soap and water and applying a corticosteroid cream for itchy bites, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Bedbug bites often heal and disappear after one or two weeks.

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What are some home treatments for bedbug bites?
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Home treatments for bedbug bites are advisable if a person doesn’t show signs of infection or severe reaction, states the American Academy of Dermatology. Individuals with numerous bites and blisters should consult a dermatologist for an appropriate treatment. A skin infection, in which bites seem tender or secrete a liquid discharge, and an allergic reaction, characterized by redness and swelling, also require professional medical care.

In some cases, an antihistamine, epinephrine or corticosteroid injection is necessary to treat a serious allergic reaction, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Doctors typically prescribe an antibiotic to treat an infection. They may suggest a nonprescription antiseptic medication for a mild infection. To relieve itching, a prescription antihistamine liquid or pill is often recommended.

To determine the presence of bedbugs, a person should check for bites in a zigzag pattern that lead to itchy welts, advises the American Academy of Dermatology. As bedbugs are hard to see, it is important to check for signs of a bedbug infestation, including a sweet, musty smell, tiny blood spots on bedding or upholstered furniture, and bedbug excrement that appears as small, black specks.

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