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A bedbug is a small, blood-sucking parasite that feeds on mammals and birds. Bedbugs belong to the insect family Cimicidae, and although there are several different species, the most common species associated with human infestations are Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus. There has been a recent resurgence in bedbug infestations worldwide, particularly in developed countries, including the United States.
Signs & Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites
It can be difficult to distinguish bedbug bites from other insect bites. In general, the sites of bedbug bites usually are:
Some people have no reaction at all to bedbug bites, while others experience an allergic reaction that can include severe itching, blisters or hives.
Treatments of Bed Bug Bites
When you first notice that a bedbug has bitten you, you should be sure to take care of it like all other insect bites and remember do not itch them. First you will need to wash the bite with warm soapy water to ensure there are no bacteria left on your skin to cause an infection. Then you will need to take a dry clean towel and dab at the area until all of the skin is dry. Once the skin is dry you can then apply anti-itch cream, such as Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream. The creams will help with the itching, swelling, and redness.
Prevention of Bed Bug Bites
The following bedbug prevention tips will help you reduce your risk of bedbugs:
When to seek Medical Advice
If you experience allergic reactions or severe skin reactions to your bedbug bites, see your doctor for professional treatment.
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