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Self-Care at Home
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 your skin, as this can cause skin breakdown and a subsequent secondary bacterial skin infection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014
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