bed bug bites

Everyone can have bed bugs. Contrary to popular belief, even the cleanest household can be affected if you bring bed bugs on your clothes, your luggage or other surfaces.

The severity of symptoms in a bed bug bites are different for every person. Some people do not even notice that they have been bitten, while others react so allergic to the bites that you get a rash and extreme itching.

Identify a bed bug bite:

Look closely at the bites. Bed bug bites most resemble the bites of other insects, including mosquito and ants. Usually, it involves an increased reddish bump, but it can also look like a bubble. Bed bug bites are difficult to distinguish from other insect bites. Even a doctor cannot often diagnose the bite only by viewing.

 

However, bed bugs have a unique bite pattern, a rash called bedbug dermatitis. Although some bites occur sporadically, most bites are made in a row of three or five bites or a pile of red bumps. The bites can appear in a zigzag shape or a straight line when the bed bugs bite you in the morning.

Bites occur on the exposed parts of the body such as the neck, the face, the feet and the arms. Unlike mosquito bites, bed bug bites are rare in the knees or skin folds.

The bumps or rash usually dissolve within one to two weeks. But even if a bite or a series of bites heal, you’ll probably continue getting bitten, if you have not solved the problem by pest extermination. As long as bed bugs are there, they will come after you.

Try observing when you are getting bitten. Consider, for example, if you’ve noticed the bites after waking up which you did not previously see. But this can be difficult to determine since each person has a different response time. Symptoms of a bite can remain a few hours after the bite, or even a week after that.

Bed bugs bites can have a long incubation period. Visible signs of the bite (a red, itchy bump) may occur up to ten days after the bite. Search in your home for signs of bed bugs. Start with your sleeping area.

Bedbugs want to be where people are so that they get to their warm blood. A sign is red spots on the bed sheets. They could come from bed bugs that were squashed after sucking, or from the bites they have left behind after feeding on you.

Examine your entire mattress, the filling and the seams. Search for sleeping bed bugs, dead, dry skins (their exoskeletons) and faeces (they look like little black dots or speckles). Examine well your duvets, pillowcases and cushions.

It is tough to see a live bed bug and catch it. They are tiny, brown insects with broad, oval bodies. They are excellent at hiding. But to find a bed bug is the only way to ensure that you were bitten by it.

 

Go to the doctor. You can also go for a diagnosis to the doctor if you find no evidence of bed bugs in your bed and the source of the bites or the rash cannot be found. But it may well be that your doctor can not create accurate diagnosis because the symptoms so closely resemble those of other insect bites and skin diseases.

But nevertheless, it can help you when you go to the doctor, and it can confirm to you that bed bugs pose a little physical danger to people. Your doctor might prescribe a topical corticosteroid ointment to alleviate the itching and inflammation. These ointments are stronger than over the counter products.

But nevertheless, it can help you when you go to the doctor, and it can confirm to you that bed bugs pose a little physical danger to people. Your doctor might prescribe a topical corticosteroid ointment to alleviate the itching and inflammation. These ointments are stronger than over the counter products.

But it may well be that your doctor can not create accurate diagnosis because the symptoms so closely resemble those of other insect bites and skin diseases. But nevertheless, it can help you when you go to the doctor, and it can confirm to you that bed bugs pose a little physical danger to people.

Your doctor might prescribe a topical corticosteroid ointment to alleviate the itching and inflammation. These ointments are stronger than over the counter products.

But nevertheless, it can help you when you go to the doctor, and it can confirm to you that bed bugs pose a little physical danger to people.

Your doctor might prescribe a topical corticosteroid ointment to alleviate the itching and inflammation. These ointments are stronger than over the counter products.

Call an extermination expert. An exterminator can search your house and tell you if you have an infection or not. An exterminator knows what to look for and can act accordingly, and offer treatment to prevent you from further bed bug bites.

Foggers and sprays usually do not help with a bed bug infestation. To make sure that you will get rid of all bedbugs, you should get a professional exterminator.

Treating bed bug bites:

Wash the bites with soap and water. Wash the area with mild soap and water solution. Use a bar of soap and enough water to moisten your hands. Process the soap in your hands to make a thick, soapy layer.

Distribute the lather generously on the affected area. Keep repeating this until the entire area is covered. Let the lather stay there and do not wash it off. Let it dry on the affected areas. You should notice how the itching subsides.

Use home remedies for itching. You can apply the following home remedy to alleviate the itching of bites. The products used here are probably available at home already.

Make a paste of baking soda and water. Add the soda to water slowly and stir the mass until it results in a thick paste. Spread a thick layer of paste on the bed bugs bite. Let dry the paste for an hour or more on the bite before you wash it off with warm water.

 

Spreading aloe Vera gel to the bed bugs bite is helpful. Use pure 100% Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe has antibiotic and antifungal properties that can prevent a secondary infection from scratching.

Speak to your doctor. Go to the doctor if the bite does not disappear in the usual time frame (with bed bugs bites it is one to two weeks).

You should also go to the doctor if you have one or more of the symptoms such as several bites for a long time, signs of skin infection (sensitivity or oozing discharge), allergic reactions (redness, swollen skin, hives).

If you have any of these symptoms, you need to go to the doctor as these indicate a secondary infection. Your doctor might prescribe an antibiotic, or in the case of mild infection, an antiseptic which you can get without a prescription.

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