Bed Bug Bites

Many of us grew up hearing this old saying each night before we went to sleep: “Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” For generations of Americans, the concept of bed bugs bites was limited to that expression, and was about as relevant to our daily lives as curds and whey and tuffets were.

But these days, bed bugs are making a comeback in the United States, after being away for generations. That means people are getting bed bug bites; after all, the pests are vampires of the insect world, parasitic bugs that feast on human blood. However, they may not realize the bed bug bites symptoms. Or they could have what they think is a bed bug rash, but it could really be caused by a bite from another bug, or it could even be an allergic reaction due to something as benign as laundry detergent!

Here are some tips on the signs of bed bugs bites, and what the main bed bugs bites symptoms are:

A zigzag pattern of welts

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, bed bug bites symptoms may include a pattern of welts on the body, frequently in a zigzag pattern. You may see at least one cluster of three to five bite marks in that pattern, which is sometimes called the “breakfast, lunch and dinner” patter that bed bugs have. Yes, that is exactly what you think it means — because the bed bugs are feasting on you!

Bed bug rashes

Depending on how allergic you are to bed bugs, and how many times you have been bitten, the signs of bed bug bites could include a bed bug rash. These bed bug rashes are unsightly and could be severe, depending on whether the person bitten is allergic to bed bugs.

Here is what is tricky, though – some people get bitten multiple times by bed bugs and never develop a rash. Meanwhile, others may have a rash, and think it is by a bed bug infestation, but it could be something completely different. For example, wearing clothes washed in scented laundry detergent could cause a rash very similar to one caused by bed bugs.

Bed bug bites on exposed body parts

Bed bugs are “criminals” of opportunity – generally speaking, they are not going to go under layers of night clothing to get to you. Instead, they will bite exposed body parts, like faces, necks, arms and legs, when they go after you. If you see bites around your ankles, though, it could actually be caused by fleas, especially if you have a pet.

Other bed bug bites symptoms

If you notice bite marks or welts when you get up in the morning, it could be caused by bed bugs. In addition, you may notice some itchiness around the affected areas, which could also be caused by bed bugs. Those are the some of the more common signs of bed bug bites. Less common reactions include wheezing, fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, or swelling in the lips and/or tongue. If you have any of those symptoms, you may need to see a doctor immediately to get treated for these allergic reactions to the bed bugs.

Only a bed bug specialist can tell you for sure whether you have bed bug

If you think you have been bitten by bed bugs, see a physician, if necessary, to treat any allergic reaction. However, you should also contact a bed bug expert to see if your home has the unwanted pests. This is the only real way to know whether your bites are caused by bed bugs, or something else. That peace of mind is priceless.




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