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What treatments for bedbugs can I try at home?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Bed Bugs
You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy.
Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. Blistering is usually a sign of hypersensitivity. Signs of secondary infection may include: ^ swelling, ^ redness, ^ warmth, ^ tenderness, pus-like discharge or red streaking. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation ;treatment. Declutter entire bedroom ; other effected.

In brief: Bed Bugs
You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy.
Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. Blistering is usually a sign of hypersensitivity. Signs of secondary infection may include: ^ swelling, ^ redness, ^ warmth, ^ tenderness, pus-like discharge or red streaking. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation ;treatment. Declutter entire bedroom ; other effected.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
rooms. Check site: http://treatmentforbedbugs.com/ Put all junk in tightly sealed plastic & dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation. Steam clean what can't go in drier. Vacuum EVERYTHING using a disposable bag. Seal bag & dispose. Next, use a STEAM cleaner everywhere (cracks &
Dr. Heidi Fowler
crevices). Use non-toxic spray after cleaning or use fossil shell dust. You may need to repeat process more than once. Now w this said- it's a tough job – you may want to use an exterminator specializing in bed bug removal.
Dr. Garron Miller
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: A few
Clean the sheets.
Consider getting rid of stuffed animals. Topical otc steroids 2 x a day for 3-5 days. If not helping then see your dr. To verify the diagnosis.

In brief: A few
Clean the sheets.
Consider getting rid of stuffed animals. Topical otc steroids 2 x a day for 3-5 days. If not helping then see your dr. To verify the diagnosis.
Dr. Garron Miller
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Heat, steam
If you're sure they are bed bugs (look on the mattress - not the sheets - for little spots of blood), you can try using a steam cleaning machine on the mattress, then cover it with a plastic mattress cover and launder all the bedclothes.
However, bed bugs are tenacious; it's likely you will have to call a professional exterminator and probably buy a new mattress.

In brief: Heat, steam
If you're sure they are bed bugs (look on the mattress - not the sheets - for little spots of blood), you can try using a steam cleaning machine on the mattress, then cover it with a plastic mattress cover and launder all the bedclothes.
However, bed bugs are tenacious; it's likely you will have to call a professional exterminator and probably buy a new mattress.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Exterminator
Get rid of the bugs by consulting an exterminator.

In brief: Exterminator
Get rid of the bugs by consulting an exterminator.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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