Have you ever slept and woken up feeling itchy throughout certain parts of your body? You might want to blame the mosquitos, yet you were sleeping by the electric mosquito repellant. Do not put the blame on those mosquitos, as the real culprit might be those bed bugs.
What is a bed bug and how do I get it around my house?
A bed bug is a small, oval-shaped insect which sucks blood. Bed bugs can be found almost anywhere in an infected house. They can live beneath armchair cracked woods, beneath your spring bed, or under your parquetted floor. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and usually feed at night. They can suck your and your pets’ blood by penetrating their sucking part of the mouth and releasing saliva which contains anesthetic and anticoagulant. Hence, similar to mosquitos’ bites, this will be initially painless. The most common bed bugs bites happen during bedtime on your bed. The bites will leave reddish rashes and severe itchiness. After several days, if you have sensitive skin, the bites may turn into scars.
How to get rid scars caused by bed bugs bites?
Although might be unnoticed and painless at the first time, bed bug bites can leave scars on your skin. People handle bed bug bites differently, depending on their immune system. Some people may be allergic to the protein or antigen released by bed bugs during feeding. When this happens, our body will respond to the bites strongly. This will result in extreme, spreading rashes and itchiness. If these bite’s itch is not treated properly, you might end having bite’s scars all over the bitten areas. These scars are worsen by scratching your bite’s itch with your sharp nails, or by peeling any dried epidermis afterwards. When this is what happens, there are several methods to make the bite’s scars less visible or vanish completely. Scar treatment varies from home remedies to surgical procedures. Here are some of those.
- Applying honey onto the scar. Honey will kill the bacteria and fungus while heals the scars.
- Mix onion extract with petroleum jelly and apply the mixture onto your bite’s scars. Apply the treatment regularly during the day and it will leave your scars faded.
- Applying scar treatment ointment. Scar treatment ointment can be easily found in any drugstores, and some of those do not require prescription. This ointment will relieve the itchiness and inhibit hyperpigmentation that will result in scars.
- Rubbing vitamin E onto the scars. This will promote skin rejuvenation and remove the dead skin cells. You can also take some vitamin E pills to promote healing from the inside.
- Using silicone scar treatment ointment or sheets. You can also purchase this at the drugstore. This kind of treatment employs gel silicone that is put on adhesive sheet. You should put this sheet onto your scars in order to let your skin absorb the silicone gel to heal the scar. The pressure of the adhesive bandage will fill the silicone into your scars and when you remove it, it will bring along the dead blackened epidermis, leaving smoother skin. However, despite the nice effect on your scarred skin, this treatment is quite expensive and ranges from around $40.
- Scars massage. This is to even the pigmentation beneath your skin. You should massage the scars in circular movement to keep possible indented areas even.
- In some extreme cases, in which people wish for instant, perfect treatment, laser therapy can be employed. However, this surgical treatment can be painful and costly.
In order to avoid the bed bug bite’s scars, you might want to perform initial treatment just when you are bitten by doing these things.
- Wash the bitten area with soap and water. Rise it thoroughly and apply ice on it to prevent swelling.
- The itch will last long and you can apply external itch treatment onto your bitten area. Choose the product containing salicylic acid to shoot the areas.
- Keep your hands away from bitten areas. Do not scratch with your nails.
Bed bug bites can be severely itchy. Be wise to treat it so that you can minimize unwanted scars later.