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How are bed bug bites treated?

Medical treatment is usually not needed for bed bug bites. Taking care not to scratch bites may prevent further damage to the skin and avoid infection. An over-the-counter antihistamine tablet or cream may help to relieve itching from bites. Corticosteroid creams applied to the affected area may help to reduce the inflammation. In the rare cases of a more serious allergic reaction or a skin infection, it may be necessary to see a doctor.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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