What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
You might be asking yourself this question, if you start to notice red bite marks on your back or legs, espicially after sleeping in beds, that are unfamiliar to you.
What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Bed bug bites manifest themselves as red spots or bumps Bed bugs are particular fond of biting the face, hands and feet, but you can also be bitten on your back, sides or legs. Anywhere, where your body has been in contact with a mattress overnight is a likely place for bed bugs to have accessed your body.
Bedbug bites with one typical pattern of 3-4 bed bug bites in a row.
The red marks might not appear for a whole week and will sometimes not be itching for the first few days after that. Infact, the average time span between a bite and the time that the bed bug symptoms appear is about 3-9 days. Most commonly, however, bed bug bites begin to itch eventually and can even feel like they are ‘burning’.
A tell tale sign that the bites are that of a bed bug, is that the bites appear in a line of 3 bite bumps, often referred to as Breakfast, lunch and dinner’.
However, some people barely get an itch or a red mark and infact around 50 percent of bed bug bites probably go unnoticed. People with allergic tendencies will show the bed bug bite symptoms most often, and also different parts of your body might react differently to bed bug bites: Facial skin and the skin on hands and feet usually react the strongest.
If your skin immediately develop a blister after a bed bug bite, then you should see a doctor. This is a severe allergic reaction, but happens rarely.
Harsh conditions, like a hot bath, extreme cold weather, extreme exercise, swimming in a chlorinated swimmingpool etc, can often increase the itching markedly.
Bed Bug Bite Symptoms
So, shortly the bed bug bite symptoms can be summarized like this:
- Small red bumps, similar to mosquito bites but longer.
- Itchiness and swelling in the bite area. The swelling can be as large as 20cm in diameter, but is usually smaller.
- The bed bug bite ’bumps’ soemtimes grows into blisters.
- Redness. However, people react differently and some people might not get any symptoms at all.
- Bed bug bite rashes are periodical, as the bugs usually feed around once a month or every 2 weeks.
- The bites are appearing in lines of three. This is common, but does not always happen.
- The bed bug bite rashes usually last for 3 to 4 days and then starts to dissappear.
- Bed bug bites often only appear on one side of your body, where the bedbug has had easy access.
Bed bugs should be eradicated as soon as they are dicovered. They will continue to multiply, if you don’t do something about it. Infact, the average female bed bug can lay 5 eggs a day and up to 500 eggs during their lifetime.
Also, with bed bugs bites, it is not only the female who bites. The bites can be either from a male or female bed bug, an adult bed bug or a nymph. Bed bugs feed for about 3-15 minutes. Bed bug bites are often mistaken for scabies, mosquito bites or allergic reactions. One sign that your are dealing with bed bugs, is that bed bugs rarely bites in the armpit or at the back of the knees.
Bed Bug Bites Treatment
If you have been unlucky enough to have been bitten then you would want to treat the bites to lessen the swelling and itching. Remember, though that some people don’t experience any itching at all, and you may want to then just wait it out.
The 2 most common ways to treat the bed bug bites are:
Calamine lotion is often used in the treatment of bed bug bites. It comes in a pink bottle. You apply the liquid onto the bed bug bite affected area on a regular basis and it then dries the bumps out and will stop or calm the itching.Calamine lotion usually takes 24 hrs from the application until you will notice that the bedbug bites are not itching nearly as much.
Corticosteroid creams like Hydrocortisone is another common over-the-counter medicine for the treatment of bed bugs bites. The cream will reduce the itching and the swelling. Also, don’t scratch the bed bug bites bites, no matter how much they itch.
The bedbug bites usually show up where your body has been in contact with the bed or mattress. If you have bites on only one side of you body, then it is a good sign that you have been bitten by bed bugs.
Its very important that after the initial shock of getting bed bug bites and treating them, you quickly move on to getting rid of the actual bed bugs. Making absolutely sure that you have killed all the bed bugs is necessary, or you will not be able to sleep well again in the same bed. This should be done methodically and effectively.