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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There may be swollen pus type formation.
- Above mentioned symptoms eventually lead to anxiety, insomnia and stress.
- 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.