The one thing that all of us need to understand, bed bugs are a blood-sucking parasite that has been around for thousands of years. It was mainly found in poorer areas of town and rundown hotels. Now that we have travel from all areas of the globe, there is a new resurgence of bed bugs in the United States. Part of this problem is compounded by insecticide resistance by the creatures. It requires new formulations of insecticides to stop the resurgence of the bugs.
Bed bug infestations are becoming even worse in peoples homes, apartments, college dormitories and hotel rooms due to people traveling. There are reported infestations in cities like San Francisco and New York City along with Miami Beach. It is hard to deal with them because they hide during the day in mattress cords, dark places of the box springs or in the backs of headboards or joints of wooden bed frames. You will always find them almost always near where people spend the night.
Individuals with Asthma and Allergies are usually very sensitive to bed bugs. It depends upon the person. I have one client who went to New York and stayed at a hotel. She had to leave the hotel in the middle of the night because of all the bites she said she had. She told me they looked like mosquito bites. Apparently, she is one of the very sensitive people to bed bug bites because her Asthma got real bad that nite and almost went to the Emergency Room.
People with Asthma and Allergies must be very aware of these creatures because of possible extreme reactions to their asthma or allergies, itching of skin like hives, and even anaphylaxis which requires emergency treatment with epinephrine. This can be serious for them and it is important to be very vigilant especially when traveling. When ever I travel, I check the bedding, mattress and box springs before I rent the room for possible signs of the bedbugs. I found some in one room in Orlando last year. Left the hotel and found another never to go back there ever.
In conclusion, people with Asthma and Allergies need to be extra vigilant while traveling to avoid contact with bedbugs. If you are staying in a strange hotel, know where the local Emergency Room is in the event you come in contact with these creatures. Not all individuals with Asthma or Allergies have reactions to common bedbugs. If you are concerned about these night creatures, see you Doctor for additional advice if you have bad reactions to bites.