Bed Bugs Bites
bugs bites can range in appearance from small punctures to collections
of red bumps on the skin. Bites are usually the first sign
people see of a bedbug infestation. Bed bugs do not carry
disease, however bites can itch. They will heal by themselves
in about a week. Each time a person is bitten, episodes,
which are actually allergic reactions, can get progressively worse."
Bed bugs bites are an allergic reaction to a bed bug.
When a bed bug punctures the skin (not really a bite), they
leave behind saliva when drinking their blood meal. The
puncture is made by two tubed that are on the head of the bedbug
An allergic reaction to the saliva is what causes the redness
or allergic reaction.
The appearance of Bedbug bites varies between people depending
on the extent of the allergic reaction. Some people may not
show any symptoms, while others can have a more severe reaction.
Many people ask "do bedbugs bite." It's not exactly a bite
but the bug taking a sip of blood and causing a skin reaction.
You may or may not feel the slight feeling on the skin caused
when the bite is happening.
Bed bugs hide within 1 to 2 meters of their host which means
that the majority of bedbugs are hiding in and around the mattress, box
spring and bed frame.
How Do You Know You Have Bed Bugs Bites?
It is easy to mistake bed bugs bites with the bites of other
insects such as mosquitoes. Here are the general signs of a
bite. See pictures of bed bugs bites below.
||Bedbug Bite Description
middle with red circle. Bite can be raised. The
bite itself can appear raised or inflamed. Called a wheal.
bug bites itch
bugs bite on exposed areas of the body including the neck, legs and
arms. They avoid the bottom of the feet. Bites on
the feet could be scabies.
appear in clusters in either a line or triangular area
Appearance and Location of BedBugs Bites
The pattern of bites may vary. In general any
redness that forms surrounds the puncture in the shape of a small red
ring or raised area which is clinically referred to as a
Bites are usually found on areas that are exposed when
sleeping such as the arms and legs. It is rare for a bed bug
to bite the bottom of the feet.
If you see rows of bites, it was probably caused by several
bugs that were hiding along the seams of a mattress. A
feeding lasts for 5 minutes and occurs in intervals of 5 to 10 days.
A bedbug cannot move to the next phase of their life cycle
unless they feed.
Symptoms of bedbugs bites get progressively worse each time a
person is bitting. For some reason, the body becomes more
sensitive to bites over time. Even if you had no symptoms the
first time bitting, the second time could result in bite marks.
Severe reactions can result in blistering on the skin.
Very allergic people can has symptoms such as an allergic
In general, the bedbug bites themselves to not require
treatment and will heal within a week, if not scratched by the person
that was bitten (scratching leads to infection). Bedbugs do
not spread disease and therefore,
people do not require treatment to protect against the saliva left
behind by the bugs.
The number 1 symptoms to bedbugs is itch. Try and
resist the temptation to itch the skin, as breaking the skin can cause
infection to form. If any infection starts to form, or if you
believe their is a risk of infection, use an anti-biotic ointment on
the affected area. If the bite area does not heal within a
weeks time, visit your Doctor to get a stronger anti-biotic and
anti-itch cream. Oral anti-biotics might be necessary if
infection starts to spread.
relief can be found using an over the counter itch remedy such as All Stop Healing and
which was made specifically for itch caused by bed bugs and also helps
to stop infection. The same company also makes a kit and has
excellent information on how to fight a bed bug infestation in your
home or apartment.
Pictures of Bed Bugs Bites
Bites appear as red
ringed raised areas around the
puncture made during feeding. They can vary in size and
Bed Bug Lesions on Skin
after 30 Minutes
(Source: J. Goddard PHD, R. deShazo PHD)
Picture of Bed Bugs Bites
Picture of Bed Bug Bites
A stronger allergic reaction to bed bug bites can turn
Picture of BedBug Bites
Blister on Arm
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