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Are There Medications for Bed Bug Bites?

Medications for bed bug bites are usually not necessary. 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

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Bed Bug Bites?

The vast majority of the time, bed bug bites can be managed at home. However, if someone begins to experience any of the following symptoms, consult a health-care professional or go to the nearest emergency department: Shortness of breath Wheezing Chest pain Tightness in the throat or difficulty swallowing Lip