Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

Bed bug bite symptoms don’t appear immediately, usually after a week victims notice small bumps.
Watch your skin for red welts. These red welts may not cause any itching initially to some people. During the initial stages they are small and hard to recognize. The most common sign of bed bug bites is that they will occur in a regular line of three. This pattern is referred to as “breakfast, lunch and dinner” by infectious disease experts. They cause an itching and burning sensation after a few days.

It’s not surprising that bed bug bite symptoms differ from individual to individual. Only allergic people show symptoms due to hypersensitive reactions, whereas some barely feel an itch. Nearly 60 percent of all exposed are unaware of bed bug bite symptoms.

Your skin reacts differently in different parts of the body. The skin of the face, hands and feet react the most when bitten by bed bugs.  These are quite innocuous and are often misdiagnose as skin disorders such as scabies, rashes or mosquito bites.

  • With exposure to harsh conditions, itching increases. These harsh conditions can be a warm bath, exercising, chlorinated water of swimming pool, etc. Polluted environments also make us more reactive to bites. Those people whose skin develops blisters within a few minutes after a bite should visit a doctor immediately. To confirm bed bug bites, look for the following:
  • Red bumps in a “breakfast, lunch and dinner” pattern a regular line of three.

bed bug bite symptoms

  • Little red bumps, similar to mosquito bites but longer, and often accompanied by itchiness and swelling in that area. This swelling can be up to 20cm in diameter. This bump eventually grows into blisters like lesions.
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Check for dark fecal spots on bed sheets. This is due to the gland secretion by the bed bugs. This confirms the infestation of bed bugs in your house.
  • Rashes are periodical. This is because of the feeding habit of bedbugs. These bugs usually feed once a month or every few weeks.
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  • There may be swollen pus type formation.
  • Above mentioned symptoms eventually lead to anxiety, insomnia and stress.bite symptom 

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  • Some victims have even gone into anaphylactic shock due to the allergen content of the saliva.
  • It can also lead to damaged local tissue.

The time span between the time someone has been bitten and the time symptoms appear is usually about 9 days. Bed bugs take advantage of your rest and are most active during night while you sleep tightly.

Bed bugs are fond of biting the face, hands and feet. The bite remains normally for three to four days and then slowly fades away if it is not severe. Even old bites can flare up from time to time. This is due to stress, the environment and many other factors.

Do not make your bite susceptible to secondary infections by scratching it. This can easily expose your wound to microbes which infect it and can also lead to infection in other parts of the body.

Though bed bug bite symptoms are difficult to recognize, when they are detected they must not be left untreated.


240 Responses to “Bed Bug Bite Symptoms”

  1. robert says:

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    • Kelly says:

      The last 2 nights I have got random bites on my body. They are teeny tiny. One on my elbow and one on my hand, one on my ear and one on my forehead. Could this be bed bugs? Please help! I see now black spots or blood or any bugs but I have been getting bit.

      Thanks

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  2. louise gerber says:

    this is the first site I learned that it takes up to 9 days for the bites to show up. When I came home from vacation I only had a few bites which I thought were from a spider. Then they started appearing all over my body, but not at one time.

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    • stephane farley says:

      @louise gerber:
      “Wow “so sorry!

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      • john says:

        @Queenie: using a normal dryer wont kill the bedbugs, use one of those commercial dryers at the laundromat. then you need to have an exterminator check your home and car.

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    • susan says:

      @louise gerber: How long did it take for the first bites to appear?

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    • Valentina says:

      @louise gerber: I noticed my bite marks after seconds of being bitten… matter of fact when my skin got really itchy i turned on the lights and found two adult bed bug on my pillow. I killed them!!

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    • elizabeth says:

      will i be able to get it out of my house
      @louise gerber:

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    • Leanne says:

      When this happened, did the bugs follow you home and infest your bed? @louise gerber:

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  3. Bryan G. says:

    yes this is s good website but i need to know if i have one my so far symtoms are
    *red patches of skin
    *bumpy skin on bite
    *and non stop icthing
    is this any symtoms of a bed bug bite?

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  4. lynn p says:

    This website is very helpful. We came home from a six day vacation and the bites appeared 9 days from the first nights stay, we continue to see them appear but less frequently. Tomorrow is the 9 day window for the last night stay, hopefully no more new reactions after this.

    We hope not to have brought them home with us. Did all the preventative measures, obviously they have 9 plus days jump on us to set up home, lots of crying due to this anxiety. We will keep our eyes open and hope for no infestation, this was a wake up call, no pun intended!

    I had to have steroid therapy due to extreme reaction and already spent over 150 on mattress covers, RX, sprays never mind my electric/water for washing everything. Can’t put a price on lack of sleep!

    Good luck to all, the calm will prevail! Keep your eyes open!

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    • KJT says:

      @lynn p:
      I have a similar situation. Stayed in a cabin at a campsite 9 days from our first night my bf and friend woke up with bites all over!! Today is day 10 and I just noticed bites on my arms. In the middle
      Of washing everything and used bed bug/flea spray all over the place!!! Im freaking out!!! All 3 of us are freaking out and praying our homes dont have them now. Please let me know if you have any further signs of them. And what you have tried to do…this is HORRIBLE!!!

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    • Sabrina says:

      @lynn p:
      Hello! I just wanted to let you know that if the bugs did make it home with you that there is a very effective treatment for them. It is not with chemicals, but with heat remediation. I moved into an apartment that had them and was very upset but with heat treatment they are gone! The people bring large heaters and fans into your home (not gas/fire heaters, but electric heaters) and heat your entire home to around 140 degrees! A bed bug’s lethal temperature is around 127 degrees so that gets em! Hope you’re not struggling with those little buggers! God Bless

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  5. Rachel says:

    Just woke up and found bumps like mosquito bites on my legs and neck. Is that consistant with bed bugs?

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    • lisa says:

      @rene:
      copy the address and paste in into the body of your email. it should show up as a link for them to click, which should bring them right to this page.

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    • Joycelyn says:

      @rene: you can copy the web address at the top of the page and email them the link

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    • candace says:

      just copy the link at the top of the page, http://www.whatdobedbugslooklike.net/bed-bug-bite-symptoms.html and email that to your son or daughter in law. @rene:

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    • R.P says:

      I’ll give you a quick and easy way to email this information to your son. at the top of your page on this site (address bar) click your mouse pointer in that until the entire address then RIGHT click and it will give you a drop down menu, go down to copy, then all you have to do is open an email to your son, and in the body of the email,
      again right click and scroll down to “paste” the link (address)should appear in your email. See if that works for you. If it doesn’t, email me and I”ll try to explain better!

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    • ryanna says:

      @rene: I am getting bites on my neck and back all the time. I got two different exterminators in my home to see what the problem was and both said they saw no evidence of bed bugs, but I had one on the exterminators spray anyway. I am still getting bit and now I think I have developed a respiratory problem I have to use an inhaler.

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    • Des says:

      @rene: You can email the page, you just need to send them the address, you can see (hopefully) it at the top of the page, it’s starts ‘http://’

      Or copy the address below (if the site will let you):
      http://www.whatdobedbugslooklike.net/bed-bug-bite-symptoms.html

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    • Me says:

      @rene:
      Why not just copy the link, and send them it….

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  7. Kait says:

    i’ve woken up the past few nights with a few bites. only about three sets so far though, but they haven’t lasted very long. They definitly are in linear sets of three, but they’re usually mostly gone by the afternoon. Are these from bed bugs?

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  8. mercedes says:

    I hate bed bugs!

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    • cindy says:

      @mercedesmy problem is the same I recently got new furnture and a week after I noticed bites on my legs and arms itch like crazy put alocko on but that does not stop the itches ( help ):

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