Bed bug bites that develop into a bed bug rash can cause a very irritating itch. A sign of a bed bug rash is many small or raised bumps. They will often appear in a clustered pattern or in a row as bed bugs typically feed multiple times at the exact same location.
While the rash itself it not harmful to one’s health, the itch needs to be treated. The itching and discomfort of the rash can be treated with steroid creams and oral antihistamines. Hydrocortisone cream, for example, is recommended, and lower-strength creams may be purchased over-the-counter. If the cream doesn’t work, a doctor may write a prescription for a stronger dose.
These treatments are also recommended:
Optimal creams containing a mixture of pramoxine and diphendrydramine
Lotions and creams with benzyl alcohol
If not allergic to Aspirin, a cotton ball dipped into an Alka-Seltzer solution can be rubbed onto the rash
Oral steroids like Prednisone, which needs a doctor’s prescription
Benadryl, taken before bed
The affected area may be washed with soap and hot water, then an anesthetic lotion or cream may be applied liberally. Ice may then be applied to the area to avoid welting or swelling. This regimen should be repeated every six to eight hours until symptoms calm down.
If you are not sure what is causing the rash, it’s best to call a physician. It’s also best to call a doctor if there are signs of a secondary infection. While rare, there have been instances of systematic allergic reactions, which affect the whole body. A doctor is best seen in this case as well.
Linens should be washed promptly, and areas where bed bug would reside should be vacuumed regularly and thoroughly. The vacuum bag should be placed outside in a sealed garbage bag, even if the vacuum bag is not totally full.
It is important to remember that a bed bug problem will persist until effective pest control methods are employed to eliminate the bed bug population.