Learning that you have bed bugs can be stressful, scary, and impact your health a lot more than you would expect. Knowing that you have them crawling on you at night and biting you isn’t the most peaceful thought, but treating the bites can provide you some relief. Bed bug bites itch like crazy, and can cause rashes and swelling. We can guide you through the process of identifying the symptoms and treating them effectively.
Signs and Symptoms
Bed bug bite signs and symptoms include the following:
- Red bumps or marks along skin (most commonly arms, shoulders, and legs). These can be anywhere from a tiny red mark, to a large swelling up to a foot long.
- Intense itching that may last days along the bite site
- Painful swellings at the bite site
Some people might not be affected by bed bug bites at all, and will display no symptoms! If you’ve been bitten in the past, your reactions might be less severe as well. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to take precautions and try to find and identify the bugs in your home, that way you can hire an exterminator.
Will I feel the bites?
Probably not, unfortunately. Bed bugs bite in the middle of the night, when you’re sleeping, and they also release a numbing agent in to the bite site. That means that you might not even feel them on you before it’s too late.
You may feel intense itching for days afterwards, though, and have the urge to scratch the bites. This is the worst thing you can do, because it can lead to scarring along the bite site, as well as a secondary skin infection. Our next section covers some of the more natural, healthy ways to deal with bites.
Treatment and Remedies
The best remedy is obviously to exterminate the bugs by hiring an exterminator. Until you can do that, the next best thing is to take some over the counter medication to counteract the itching and other side-effects.
Any anti-itching ointment can be used on the bite site to relieve the itching, and the use of oral anti-allergy medication can reduce the swelling and itching as well. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about taking these.
Treating bed bug bites is easy, and an provide you with enough relief to get your head straight. That means calling an exterminator, and preparing your belongings for being sprayed. You may not immediately notice the bites, but when you do, taking action as fast as you can will provide you with the best outcome.