For many people, bed bug bites can go completely unnoticed and/or the bite symptoms are mistaken entirely with other insect bites. Unfortunately, some bite victims will suffer from a allergic reaction that can cause a wide variety of symptoms. The visible and physical reactions that some will experience as a result of bed bug bites may include a series of red patches, a severe rash, elevated bumps and welts or raised wheals. In How to Treat Bed Bug Bites, I provided you with a brief overview on the basic characteristics of how a bed bug feeds on its host and some of the more common signs and symptoms associated with the bite itself. I also provided a few home remedies to treat bed bug bites. This will assist many of you in relieving some of the discomfort that this parasite’s bite has brought to many of its victims.
Bed bug bites for many people are typically painless. This is primarily due to the nature of how a bed bug feeds on its host. The bed bug will inject enzymes into your skin with one of two tubes from its mouth region that functionally serve as a anesthetic and a anti-coagulant. The enzymes will assist in neutralizing any bite sensations and otherwise felt by its prey to the bite area. They will also keep your blood free of clotting and flowing back and up through its second tube.
Dependent upon the the person and the number of bites that a person has endured, many people have successfully suppressed and/or neutralized their bite symptoms with over the counter antihistamines or a hydro-cortisone creme. You can view www.meds cape.com for more details on the Class/Summaries of Antihistamines and Corticosteroids.
Bed Bug Bites Itch & The Fix
One general concern over bed bug bites is how to get rid of the itching sensation. The bed bug bite itself generally does not leave permanent marks on most of its human prey. However, this parasite’s bite will most definitely scar or leave some long lasting marks when the bite area is not properly treated and/or the victim continues to scratch and irritate the affected region. Thank goodness that there are effective methods in which to treat bed bug bites and keep the bite surface area from becoming infected and leaving any tell-tale marks and/or permanent scars.
One particular treatment that I personally recommend and have used with great success is the Bed Bug Bite Individual Pack from All Stop. They also have a Bed Bug Bite Family Pack which is a super tool to pack along with the family while traveling abroad, staying at your favorite vacation resort or on a cruise. Both of these packs contain an anti-itching creme as well as an antimicrobial (capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing micro-organisms). These agents work together to give you relief from the itching and swelling while also helping to protect the bite region from becoming infected as well as minimize any scarring.
their anti-itching cream contains 1% hydro-cortisone to effectively relieve your itching associated with bed bug bites. This will immediately give you and your body the relief that you need. To address any infection concerns, their Infection Protection Gel, also from All Stop is a Healing Gel that can address any long lasting bed bug bite scars or marks. The active ingredient in the Infection Protection Gel is benzalkonium chloride, more commonly used in the medical community to prepare for disinfection purposes.
When bed bug bites are left untreated or the affected bite area becomes infected, the associated region(s) of your skin can become quite ugly, scarred and remain visible for a year or much longer. When the contents of the Bed Bug Bite Individual Pack or Bed Bug Bite Family Pack are used daily and as directed, bed bug scarring can begin to fade away in as little as thirty days.
REMINDER: Whether you decide on a topical remedy or decide to contact your dermatologist for a more intensive treatment, do not continue to scratch the affected area. Keep it Dry & Keep it Clean! Risk of an infection is always a possibility and can only lead to further complications!
Bed Bug Bite Allergic Reactions & Symptoms:
Accompanying allergic reactions that are experienced by bite victims will vary from host to host. The enzymes that this parasite injected through its own saliva and into your skin may cause a slight irritation for some and an intense itching sensation for others. And yet, for some of you lucky individuals out there, the bite(s) will go completely undetected. A really good resource to “check your symptoms” caused by insect bites and/or stings is at www.firstaid. webmd.com. Their handy questionnaire is quite useful in assisting your needs for further medical assistance, should you require any.
Some of you may experience an abnormal redness of the skin, such as when you get a sun-burn. Others might notice raised wheals, hives or bumps in close proximity to the bite area of which are characteristic to allergic reactions. It has been reported that most people suffering from any wheals or hive-like bumps, and with proper medical treatment, might expect the skin abnormalities to dissipate in the near weeks ahead.
Note: However minor your symptoms should be, caution should be advised if hives, wheals or elevated itchy bump-like skin abnormalities persist. A skin symptom of this nature can be the first indication of a severe allergic reaction that could be life-threatening and require emergency medical care, when untreated. The bite symptoms are different in nature of size and shape with a defined red outer area and a lighter pale center. Please call your physician if these symptoms continue.
Bacterial Skin Infections:
Bed bug bite victims that have suffered from repeated bites and/or continued trauma to the bite area can become at-risk to secondary infections below the skin area. These secondary infections can lead to inflammation of body tissues that are characterized by additional swelling, redness, pain and fever in advanced infections. One example of a bacterial skin infection that can be caused by an insect bite or subsequent scratching to the bite area is Ecthyma, which occurs deep within the skin.
Please see How to Treat Bed Bug Bites for more on bed bug bites, related rash symptoms, home remedies and good common basic tips for bed bug bites. Before taking any medications related to treating your bed bug bite symptoms call your physician. Should any of your symptoms persist more than a day or two, then please call your physician and seek his or her advice immediately.
How to Treat Bed Bugs Bites:
When many of us hear the words “bed bugs”, it is usually enough to give one the heebie-jeebies. Just the thought of this parasite feeding on us while we sleep will make one quiver all over for sure. They need very little room to hide and are very adept at doing so. And if they have taken up residence within your home, then you most certainly have a challenge in front of you in eradicating them.
When a bed bug feeds, it will pierce the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. One of the tubes is utilized for injecting an anti-coagulant, to assist in keeping your blood from clotting and anesthetics, which cause a reversible loss of sensation to the bite area. The other tube is utilized for withdrawing the blood of its host. The nature of its feeding habits and its biology are the reason why most people do not realize that they have been fed upon until a day or so later or when the first symptoms of the bites appear. For many, a rash may not even appear noticeable for up to a week later.
Some have reported of singular bites in rows and others in clusters. This may suggest that the bed bug was disturbed while feeding, detached itself from its host and then continued with its feed in the immediate area. Please note that they will feed anywhere on your body that is readily accessible for a free meal. Primarily, exposed areas of the skin will be its first choice.
Although they can live for up to a year or more without feeding, they will generally feed every five to ten days whenever possible. They also require a blood meal before molting to the next life stage. Upon reaching maturity and during its lifetime, the female will lay anywhere from 200 to 500 tiny white eggs. And since it is possible to reach maturity within as little as five weeks, infestations within your home will inflate rather quickly and are extremely difficult to control, much less eradicate.
Signs & Symptoms to look for after being bitten:
- Itching sensation to bite area.
- Redness and/or swelling to bite area.
- Raised bumps/welts to affected area.
- Bite marks in singular rows or in small clusters.
- Rash develops surrounding affected area.
Home Remedies for Treating Bed Bug Bites:
It is advisable to telephone your local physician when you have become a victim of any insect bite that has become inflamed, swollen or otherwise suspect. This is especially important if the bite area becomes infected. When in doubt, see your doctor immediately!
- Avoid scratching the affected area.
- Clean/wash/rinse affected area with mild soap and water.
- Apply an anesthetic topical creme or lotion. (a hydro-cortisone creme or calamine lotion will assist many bite victims in relieving some of their symptoms as will taking a antihistamine for those with stronger reactions to the bite – Call your physician before taking any medications of any nature to which you are not sure of how they are to be properly used, taken or applied to ones self)
- Apply a cold compress to the affected area to assist in any swelling that may occur to the bite area.
- Monitor and observe for any increased swelling or redness to the affected area.
- Keep affected area clean of any foreign debris to reduce chance of infection.
- If any of these symptoms persists, call your physician as soon as possible.