Bed bugs are a growing problem worldwide as they can easily be transmitted as they hitch hike on clothes, bags, and other belongings. So do you have bed bugs? Have you been bit? What do bed bug bites look like? I’ll go over some symptoms you will get along with pictures of bed bug bites to help you find out whether you have bed bugs or not. Remember to take action IMMEDIATELY if it turns out you DO have bed bugs because the more time you give them the more they will spread and the more difficult it will be to get rid of them.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
If you’ve been bitten by a bed bug, you’ll most likely experience a small red swollen area and a dark red center. The bites are usually grouped together or in a line close together or in a zig-zag pattern. This usually happens when the bed bug is disturbed while feeding so they walk a bit then start feeding again. Some people may experience blisters or hives at the bite site while others may not have any symptoms at all.
Bites can happen anywhere on the body but are more common around exposed areas such as the face, arms, legs, and hands. The marks don’t always appear right away and usually takes a few minutes or even days before you notice it because the bed bugs inject their saliva into your body which acts as an anesthetic to numb the area so they can feed without being disturbed. Different people have varying symptoms.
Bed bugs bites are super itchy and usually won’t go away for a couple of weeks. You can infect the area if you scratch it and expose it to bacteria which may cause it to swell and bleed.
Other Pictures of Bed Bug Bites
Like I mentioned, the symptoms vary from person to person. For some it may just be small red dots but for others they can develop a rash or the bite areas may become swollen.
How to Treat Bed Bug Bites?
Now that we know what bed bug bites look like, let’s look at some ways we can treat them. I know first hand how incredibly itchy and annoying bed bites are so having multiple options at easing the itch is very important.
First off, you should confirm that you do indeed have bed bugs and it’s not something else like a rash. If you don’t find any evidence of bed bugs you should go see a doctor to see if he can identify whether it’s a bite or a rash. They may also prescribe a topical corticosteroid ointment to help relieve itchiness and inflammation.
If they are indeed bed bug bites you should wash the bites with soap and water. Lather the soap on your hands then rub over the bites and DO NOT rinse it off. Let it dry and it should provide you relief from the itching.
As mentioned above, you can buy creams to provide relief as well. Creams such as Cortaid which contain cortisone will help stop the itching. There are varying strengths and the ones at the drugstore or pharmacy are 1% hydrocortisone creams.
You can also get a stronger dosage with a doctor’s prescription but let a doctor see the bites and see if they can provide you with any other recommendations.
Make sure you follow directions on the label so you can apply the cream correctly for maximum effectiveness.
If you are getting an allergic reaction such as swelling or a rash, take an oral antihistamine like Benadryl to reduce the reaction.
Make sure you follow the package instruction and do not go over the recommended dosage. Take note that Benadryl may make you drowsy so you shouldn’t drive right after taking it.
This works great for other allergies such as hay fever as well as cold symptoms like itchy eyes and runny nose.
If you scratch the bites and you open the wound it may cause scarring on your skin. Use Polysporin to help heal the wound faster and prevent scarring.
I use Polysporin every time I get a cut and it definitely reduces the healing time. It helps prevent the effected are from getting infected as well as promoting quick healing.
It’s a horrible feeling when you get bumps on your skin when you wake up and realize you have a bed bug problem. Once you identify that those are indeed bed bug bites take immediate action. You can get a bed bug mattress cover that will trap and starve any bed bugs already in your mattress as well as prevent any new ones from getting in. This is great because you don’t have to throw away your expensive mattress anymore.
Just looking at those bed bug bite pictures make me itchy. Hopefully they give you an idea of what bed bug bites look like and I hope you learned some techniques to relieve the itchiness. Best thing to do to get rid of them is to hire a professional but unfortunately not all of us can afford it. Read on for some tips on how to kill bed bugs.