Bed bug bites are often very difficult to distinguish from other bug bites. Even trained physicians frequently misdiagnose bed bug bites. An additional problem is that bed bug bite symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people don’t react at all, and won’t even know they are being bitten, while others can get bit once and have a large reaction.
Common bed bug bites symptoms to look for include:
One important item to note is that bed bug bites are painless. Bed bugs inject both an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that results in no pain being felt during the bite. Many people assume that if they have bed bug bites, they will know they’re getting bitten. This is not true.
Bed bug bites can also appear within a few hours but can also take days to appear as well.
Bed bug bites often appear in clusters or rows for two primary reasons:
Of critical importance is to avoid scratching bed bug bites. Frequent scratching can result in the skin breaking and infection.
There are fortunately a number of over the counter options for bed bug bite treatment. If bites are severe, or over the counter solutions aren’t working, we recommend consulting a physician.
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While treating bed bug bite symptoms can stop the itching, it will not get rid of the bed bugs. You must treat the problem and remove the bed bugs from your home. Please refer to our bed bug treatment page for all the various treatment options.
If you are unable to remove the bugs using natural or commercial solutions, we strongly recommend calling an expert bed bug exterminator. While expensive, these are often the only way to completely remove bed bugs.
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