Bed Bug Bite Photo

" Bed bug bite photo or pictures shown here illustrate the range of bite reactions a person can have.  A bed bug bite is actually an allergic reaction to proteins left behind by a bed bug when puncturing the skin and feeding on the blood of a human host. Reactions can appear as quickly as an hour after being bitten to as late as several days later.  Many people have a larger allergic reaction after each episode as the body becomes more hypersensitive to the bites."

The bedbug bite pictures listed below are shown from mild reactions to those that are more severe.  Bites are usually seen in clusters of 3 in exposed areas of the body during sleep.  Bed bugs tend to avoid the bottom of the feed and face, and instead concentrate on the legs, arms and neck.

Bed bug bites can appear in an hour, or as late as 14 days after being bitten.  The bites should resolve in 2 to 5 days.  If they do not, be sure to see a Doctor.  If the bites become filled with puss or scab also see a Doctor to check for the presence of infection.  Most bites require no medical attention and will go away themselves.

Most people get no bite reaction.  If bites only appear on the bottom of the feet, see your Doctor as the problem might be scabies or skin mites.

Bed Bug Bites Photos: Mild Reactions

These bed bug bite reactions appeared after 1 hour.  They are relatively mild and will resolve themselves without treatment in  2 to 5 days.  Most bed bug bites look like slightly red round areas with a clear center.  The bed bug actually punctures the skin with two antenna like poles which jut from the head.  You might even see both punctures in the center of the red area.  Beyond redness, the other common bed bug bite reaction is itch.  Buy an over the counter itch cream or use a homeopathic itch cream such as Itch Dr.

bed bug bite photo

Bed Bug Bite Photo:  Papules

Hypersensitive individuals might develop clusters of raised red areas around each location where he or she has been bitten.  These bed bug bites photos show how these reactions can look.  They will also resolve in 2 to 5 days.  If they do not, be sure to see a Doctor.  Also if you itch the area, it can introduce infection which requires either an anti-biotic cream or oral anti-biotic.

bed bug bite photos

bed bug bite photo

Bed Bug Bite Photo: Wheal

Another bed bug bite reaction can form a wheal which is a large red circle that is approximately 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

bed bug bite photo

Bed Bug Bite Photo: Blisters

Sn some cases, an allergic individual will suffer from skin blisters caused by a bed bug bite.  Like papules or other bedbug bite reactions, the blisters can appear in clusters or in a row.

 bed bug bite photo 

bed bug bite photo


Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius)
and Clinical Consequences of Their Bites
Jerome Goddard, PhD
Richard deShazo, MD

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