In order to discuss bed bug bites, we must first explain what bed bugs are. Bed bugs are tiny, apple seed-sized parasites that feed on human blood. When they feed they inject you with an anesthetic so you don't feel them. When you wake up you are littered with little red bumps that itch like crazy.
They are called Bed Bugs because that is their primary point of attack, your bed. They hide in the mattress and box springs creases and bed frames. They are nocturnal meaning they come out in dark. If there is a heavy infestation you will see reddish-brown stains and fecal droppings on the bed covers, but generally, they litter your sheets. Fun times, I know.
While they don't fly like mosquitoes, they can move quickly over floors, ceiling, and walls. A lone bed bug can bite you several times until it finds the blood vessel. Which means more itchy bites for you. Bed bugs look for open skin such as arms, legs, face, neck, hands, and shoulders. Makes you want to dress like a mummy, right?
Regarding Bed Bugs
For the most part, bed bug bites are pain-free but do itch. Some lucky individuals have no reaction to bed bug bites, which is actually worse. These people can live in an infestation and be none the wiser until someone who is affected shows up. By then they have a full 5 alarm bell problem.
Most people show symptoms of red welts and itching. Some might even have a burning sensation at the bites. You can also not have any signs for a week and by then the bed bugs have risen to quite an alarming amount. Most severe cases develop into a rash that has sizable swelling and skin inflammations.
Because of their size and look, oftentimes they are diagnosed as another blood-sucking insect, the dreaded mosquito. Equally as disgusting but unlike the bed bug, it can transmit a host of diseases. The bed bug has that going for itself.
Dealing With Bed Bug Bites And Their Symptoms
Typically, bed bug bites are treatable at home. If the itching and swelling become too severe, you may want to visit a physician. In most cases, an over the counter antihistamine will do the job.
Here is a list of warning signs you may need professional care:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Itchy rash all over your body
The reason bed bug bites become infected is we scratch too hard and open the skin giving an infection the opportunity to jump in. If you wash with soap and apply an over the counter anti-infection cream, that usually does the job.
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