IN THIS ARTICLE
What Is the Medical Treatment for Bedbug Bites?
Patient Comments Read 2 Comments
Medical treatment is usually not needed for bedbug bites. If required, medical treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms (like itching) caused by bedbug bites. In the rare cases of a systemic allergic reaction or a secondary skin infection, evaluation by a health-care professional may be necessary. Individuals may also want to seek medical care if they are unsure of what is causing their skin lesions.
What Are Home Remedies for Bedbug Bites?
Bedbug bites usually do not require any treatment. If you develop itching of the skin around the site of the bite, you can use an over-the-counter antihistamine pill or cream such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Some individuals may also experience relief from the itching by applying a hot washcloth directly to the affected area. Try to avoid scratching the skin, as this can cause skin breakdown and a subsequent secondary bacterial skin infection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2016
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Bedbugs
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Bedbugs:
Bedbugs - Prevention
What prevention measures do you use to avoid getting bedbugs bites?
Bedbugs - Experience
Please describe your experience with bedbugs.
Bed Bugs - Initial Symptoms and Signs
What were the initial symptoms and signs of your bedbug bites?
Bedbugs - Treatment
How did you treat your bedbug bites?