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Bedbugs (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Bedbug bites usually do not require any treatment. If someone develops itching of the skin around the site of the bite, he or she 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 2/23/2015

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