Bed bugs and humans have been unfortunate companions for hundreds of years, even inspiring the common nighttime farewell “...Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” However, bed bugs aren’t the only things that bite in the night, so how can you tell if your bites are from bed bugs? The small, itchy, red bumps look similar to many other insect bites, so examining these bites is only one piece of the puzzle.
Small bed bug bites on a human hand
Larger, inflamed bed bug bites on a human arm By James Heilman, MD
Bed bugs do not transmit any diseases, so most bites are merely annoying. Scratching a bite may result in a skin infection, so things should be done to calm the itch. First, clean the affected area with soap and water. You can then apply hydrocortisone or other anti-itch creams to the bug bites. Antihistamines can also be taken. In highly allergic individuals, serious symptoms like difficulty breathing, fever, nausea, and an irregular heartbeat may occur. This type of allergic reaction is very rare, but requires immediate treatment by trained medical personnel. If you are in need of help with bed bugs, check out the complete line ofhome pest control products from PF Harris. We are America’s oldest pest control brand, and have the experience you can count on.
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