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Bedbugs (cont.)

Are There Medications for Bedbug Bites?

Medications for bedbug bites are usually not necessary. As noted above, over-the-counter antihistamine pills or creams (diphenhydramine) may be used for the itching. Corticosteroid creams (hydrocortisone) applied to the affected area may also be helpful for some individuals.

If a secondary bacterial skin infection develops, an antibiotic ointment or an oral antibiotic may be prescribed by a health-care professional.

Rarely, in cases of a severe systemic allergic reaction, injections of epinephrine, antihistamines, and corticosteroids may be required.

Is Follow-Up Needed for Bedbug Bites?

Follow-up with a health-care professional may be necessary after a systemic allergic reaction or to monitor an individual's progress if they have developed a secondary bacterial skin infection. Otherwise, follow-up with a health-care professional is usually not necessary.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2016

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