What are bed bugs? How do their bites affect you?

Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on human or animal blood. 

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are little tiny oval-shaped insects that are reddish-brown insects. They can hide well because of their flat-shaped body. Bed bugs tend to be most active during the night as humans sleep at this time and they can easily reach for what they want (blood). 

Typically bed bug enters your home from an overnight trip. Bed bugs don’t have wings and mostly travel with you, riding on your luggage, clothes, etc. The second piece of furniture is also one of the favorites to enter your home. 

Bed bugs are not dangerous but their bites are itchy and in some cases itchy too. They can also cause skin allergies. 

How does bed bite look?

Bed bug leaves some amount of anesthetic before feeding blood, so you don’t feel anything when they are feeding. But as soon the effect of the anesthetic finishes bed bug bite start itching. Bed bug bites look like a red bump in a zigzag sequence or cluster of many bites. 

In severe cases of bed bug symptoms, one can experience many of the listed below.

  1. Red, swollen, and bumpy with dark spots in the center of the exposed area of the skin. 

  2. Bed bug bites are mostly placed in a cluster of bites, or a zigzag line of many bites. 

  3. Bed bug bites can be itchy; a fluid-filled and acts as burning bumps in some cases.

  4. There may be blood stains too from itching.  

Though bed bugs are in love with your blood that doesn’t mean they feed every night. But this makes it difficult for you to find out about bed bug existence.

How to treat bed bug bites?

In most cases, bed bug bites automatically get better in one to two weeks. But you had developed severe allergies taking action is required. 

Firstly going to the doctor will be the best choice to get the best treatment. Use the steroid cream to decrease the itching and inflammation. An oral antihistamine can also be taken for the same purpose.

If you are suffering from extreme pain, an instant pain reliever is a good choice to diminish pain.

Note – these all should be taken after a prescription suggested by the doctor. 

  • Apart from the medication mentioned above cold cloth or ice pack can be used to release the pain. 

  • When these problems stay only to us we still handle them but when these itchy bites reach out to our kids they creep us out. 

  • In case you suspect the bed bug bites on your baby first thing you should do is check their mattress, bed sheet, and baseboards if any exist near them.

  • Take them to the child's doctor if it is getting worse. Wash the bite with soap and water it will relieve the itchiness. 

  • If possible make sure that child doesn’t scratch the bite.

Bed bugs are hard to get rid of but it is not impossible to get rid of them. With proper treatment and guidelines, they can completely get rid of it. 





  • Feb 16, 2023
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