" Bedbug bite is not exactly a true phrase. Bed bugs have a protrusion from their head which punctures the host's skin which then suck the blood meal from the host. Feeding takes approximately 10 minutes. Not everyone has a reaction to bed bug bites. the most common reaction is an allergic reaction which most often takes the form of a red skin bump. In rare cases, a more extreme reaction can result in skin blisters or some type of allergic respiratory reaction. Bedbugs do not spread disease with most bites resolving themselves in a few days."
Bed bugs do not actually bit their victims. The insects have a projection from the head that punctures the skin. As the bed bug moves through its 6 life cycles, it seeks a blood meal during each. it cannot move from nymph (just born) to adult unless it receives a blood meal.
Bed bugs feed for approximately 10 minutes on the human host. Bites usually avoid light, so bites occur at night, when the bedbug moves from its hiding place onto a host. Bites usually appear on exposed skin areas including the legs, arms and neck. It is rare to find bite marks on the bottoms of the feet.Bed bugs bite into skin capillaries. Several bites in a row or in a cluster indicates the presence of several bed bugs, or one bed bug that might of moved during feeding. The typical bite reaction is a round red raised area or papule with a clear center.
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Bed Bug Bite Wheal Reaction
No treatment is usually required for a bedbugs
bite, and if it does occur, it is usually focused on
relieving symptoms such as itch. An itch cream such as All Stop
which is made specifically to help with bedbug bite itch using
ingredients such as paroxime or doxepin. A Doctor may
prescribe or recommend a steroid based topical.
If a bedbug bite area becomes infected then antibiotics may be called for or an antibiotic ointment. If a systemic reaction occurs such as anaphylactic shock, then emergency treatment is needed including drugs such as epinephrine or antihistamines and steroidal medications.
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