What to Look for on Your Skin If You’ve Been Bit by Bed Bugs
BEDBUGS are a type of pest that can be difficult to get rid of if you have an infestation.
How can you tell if you’ve been bitten by a bedbug?
Adult bed bugs can grow to be 5mm long.
They are adept at hiding in dark crevices and go unnoticed by most people, but there are telltale signs they are present.
What symptoms can you look for on your skin to see if you have an infestation?
Bed bugs can feed on human blood for up to 10 minutes in a single meal, but many bites go unnoticed.
It’s also worth noting that a single bed bug can bite multiple times in a single night.
A “musty, sweet smell – often likened to berries” can accompany a large bed bug infestation.
“When bites do appear, they will most likely appear as small red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters,” according to Terminix, a pest control company.
These bites can be mistaken for those of other insects, such as mosquitoes, according to the website.
“Unlike flea bites, which are mostly found around the ankles,” it says, “bed bug bites can appear on any exposed part of your body.”
The bites will cause localized itching, which can be severe in some cases.
A severe reaction, according to the NHS, can result in painful swelling, though bed bug bites usually heal on their own in a week or so.
In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms.
According to the NHS, applying something cool to the affected area, such as a clean, damp cloth, can help with itching and swelling.
In addition, the health organization suggests:
Maintaining a clean environment in the afflicted area
To avoid infection, don’t scratch the bites.
While bed bug bites heal on their own in about a week, according to the NHS, there are some things you can do to help relieve physical discomfort.
To relieve itching and swelling, apply a clean, cool, damp cloth to the affected area.
Antihistamines can also be used to alleviate the bite’s itching.
Bed bug bites, unlike those from other insects, can appear in multiple red marks in a tight line.
Multiple bed bugs have fed from the skin in these small areas.
Although bed bugs bite humans, they are not thought to pose a significant health risk.
However, affected skin may feel itchy at first.
“News from the Brinkwire.”