Bed bug bites may occur on any part of the body that these pests have access too. However, bed bug bites are most commonly found on the neck, hands, face and arms. In most cases, signs and symptoms at the bite site will appear within minutes to days after feeding has occurred.
When bed bugs feed on host victims throughout the night, the symptoms are typically mild but will gradually increase with prolonged exposure. In some cases, the affected individual may not experience symptoms at all. Localized itching and raised bumps may occur in clusters around the skin.
Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are often hard to diagnose because they are so similar to other bug bites that may occur. Your health care provider will likely ask specific questions while providing a skin care examination to determine the source of the bites you are experiencing. If a specimen is able to be obtained, this can help speed up the diagnosis.
Though most bed bug bites can be treated at home, allergic reactions can exacerbate the problem. Certain symptoms signify medical attention is needed immediately. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your health care provider or contact the nearest emergency center:
- Chest Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Fainting or Dizziness
- Redness Spreading Around Bite Site
Treating Bed Bug Bites
In most cases, bed bug bites will heal with no necessary treatments. However, many individuals will take steps to stop itching that may be experienced at the bite site. However, there are some rare cases that will require the help of a medical professional if allergies or increased symptoms occur. The following treatments can be used to suppress bed bug bites from itching.
- Anti-Itch Cream – In most cases, a topical solution like Cortizone can help relieve the itching associated with bed bug bites or other insect bites. These products will typically work as a mild numbing agent to relieve symptoms.
- Antihistamine – Diphenhydramine, or Benadryl, can be taken according to the package dosage recommendations or physician’s recommendation. Be aware that while the itching may stop, drowsiness may occur. Plan accordingly if attempting to use Benadryl.
Why Arrow Exterminators?
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