Identifying Bed Bug Bites on the Skin

Bedbugs are among the most disturbing insects at home. It is easy to get rid of bedbugs at home but if your home is already infested by bedbugs, you may want to know all about bed bugs in order to control the infestation and get treatment in the event of bites.

Bedbugs are most active at night and will attack you while you peacefully sleep. Their bites are painless and you may not realize you have been bitten. Different skins react differently to bedbug bites. In many cases, a bite results to a small bump on the skin which may be almost flat or raised. Some people experience redness, itching or swelling on the spot of the bite.

Bed_bug_bitesThough bedbug bites do not result to serious diseases, when the bites are scratched, they are opened for secondary infections. However, recent research suggests that bedbugs may be vectors of American Trypanosomiasis.

Research is still ongoing in areas where the disease is common. When several bed bug bites are aligned in a row, the condition becomes lethal and the infections may increase. This condition is referred by infectious-disease specialists as “breakfast, lunch and dinner” bites.

In some people, bed bug bites may stay for more than 14 days before showing up. The bites may be mistaken for fleas’ or mosquito bites as they are not easy to distinguish. When you experience the signs and symptoms described above, you can verify that they are indeed caused by bed bug bites by locating bed bugs in your house.

Though they are not easy to spot as they hide in crevices and on hems of blankets and bed sheets, you can tell they are there if you see dark fecal spots either on the bed sheets or the duvet or the blankets. Besides, they have glands that secrete a substance that leaves musty odors. Bed bug bites are not as serious as mosquito bites. Most people will experience allergic reactions from the bites. One does not require any treatment after the bites.

However, if the allergic reaction or itching becomes severe, you may try oral antihistamines and topical steroid creams. These only relieves you of the symptoms. Secondary bacterial infections that may result from the bites require antibiotics. If the bites do not clear within a few days, you should seek medical help from a professional. To avoid the bites, you need to read all about bed bugs and how you can keep them away from your home.

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