How to Identify and Treat a Bed Bug Rash
Do you suspect that rash on your skin is more than an allergic reaction? You could in fact have a bed bug rash.
As natural blood-suckers, bed bugs feed on sleeping human and animal hosts to survive and develop into adults. By piercing the skin with their small beak, they inject a small anaesthesia to numb the skin (this also prevents the victim from waking) and proceed to suck on the blood until they’re satisfied.
This cycle may repeat several times during the course of an evening.
It Starts With a Bite
At first glance, it can be hard to tell the difference between a bite from a bed bug and any other insect. There are many traits unique to bed bug bites that make them easy to identify, such as:
- Bite marks appear in a consistent row or line (bites from other insects are often scattered around the whole body)
- Severe redness and swelling
- Strong burning sensation
- Constant itchiness
- Bite marks found on skin exposed during sleep (i.e. arms, legs, back, shoulders and hips)
The effects of a bite can vary from person to person. While some people may develop a strong allergic response in the form of a bed bug rash, others may show only mild symptoms… or even show no response to a bite at all.
Perhaps the most inconvenient and lasting effect of a bed bug bite is a skin rash.
Symptoms of a Bed Bug Rash
Unlike other insects, bed bugs bite in close proximity to the previous bite. This means the affected area is formed by a cluster of small bumps. In either a few hours or days after the initial bite – these bumps will develop into a rash.
The severity of a bed bug rash depends on how much anti-coagulant the insect injected into the person. For most people, the associated itching, swelling and burning sensation is a major source of discomfort and frustration.
If a person experiences nightly attacks from bed bugs, this may cause the rash to become worse. For children with eczema and those who are sensitive to insect bites, the effects can be more severe than usual.
How to Treat a Bed Bug Rash
Avoid scratching the affected area so the rash cannot develop into a major skin infection. If this occurs, get a medical professional to assess and treat the rash.
Other useful home remedies and over-the-counter solutions include calamine lotion, applying hydro-cortisone cream to the affected area, ice packs, and a course of antibiotics as recommended by your doctor.
Seek advice from a medical professional if the bed bug rash gets worse or doesn’t disappear after a few days.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are a nasty problem and preventative treatment is the key to avoiding an irritating rash.
Critter Busters is a team of fully licensed pest controllers who specialise in chemical-free bed bug control. By using pet, people, and environmentally-friendly solutions; we rid your property of bed bugs with minimal fuss to your day.
No need to evacuate the premise or throw away your expensive bedding and pillows. Just long-term relief from bed bugs backed by the Critter Busters warranty for peace of mind.
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