Bed bugs have many worried across our great nation. If they become a victim of bed bug bites, that they will be infected with some type of disease and/or die! Scientists, who have studied the bedbug, have stated that naturally occurring infestations of bed bugs have accounted for about 28 strains of human pathogens, which they carry with them.
Though, both medical doctors and entomologists have closely watched and performed detailed studies, which conclude that bed bugs are unable to infect lab animals in a scientific study. Bed bug bites, have not been shown in transmitting disease to humans.
Currently, there are many incidences of bed bug infestations reported throughout the nation. When bitten by a bed bug it injects saliva which contains a number of proteins and can cause an allergic reaction, in some hosts (humans). The actually bed bug bite symptoms will depend on the person’s immune system, and if they are allergic to any allergen injected by the bedbug.
Bed Bug Bites
Once bitten and depending on the person whom the bed bug bites, the type of reaction can vary greatly. Some will only see a red bump on their skin, while others may experience a allergic skin reaction, where the bite fills with pus, along with serve itching.
During the bedbugs feeding time, a person can receive several bite marks, generally all in close proximity of each other. These bed bug bites can produce varied results, generally anything from mild itching to intense swelling, and in some cases leaving a very large welt on the skin.
Not only are the bed bug bites enough to be worrisome, but some will become affected psychologically and at some point will not wish to return to their own place of residence. You will want to react before it becomes this bleak.
A recent survey showed that 95% of the nation’s pest control companies performed some type of bed bug infestation treatment within the past year, which is an increase of almost 75% over the past decade. These numbers should bring a concern to not just the families being infested with bed bugs, but the nation as a whole.
Once you suspect bed bugs have invaded your home, you will need to take quick and decisive action. First, take all bedding, clothing, and rugs and launder them. Place them in a dryer set for high heat (bed bugs cannot survive temperatures in excess of 115′).
Next purchase the protective mattress covers for both your mattress, as well as your box spring. Pull your bed away from the wall, wrap double-sided tape around the legs of your bed frames (to keep the bed bugs from crawling on the legs of the bed frame). Don’t allow any bedding to hang down and touch the floor. Discard any wooden fiber headboards.
If your bed bug bites produce extreme soreness, continue to swell, and if your skin becomes warmer beyond the area where you received the bed bug bite, then you should go and see a doctor. Also, if your bed bug bites are very itchy and pus starts oozing from them, you should go and visit your doctor immediately, before the infection worsens.
Recommendations to reduce itching:
1) Apply Calamine lotion, after washing your skin with soap and water.
2) Take a zip-lock bag and fill it with ice to apply to the areas that have swelling. You could also use a cold pack as well.
3) If you experience severe itching of the skin, you could try calamine, which will help ease the pain.
4) If none of the above shows positive results, than you may need to see a dermatologist.
If after being bitten by a bed bug and you start experiencing nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fever, or a headache, you should seek a doctor as well. Though, this would be in only very rare cases, this type of reaction would appear. In most circumstances you will not experience such an extreme reaction from bed bug bites.