Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are often confused with mosquito bites because of similar symptoms. However, if you try to analyze bed bug bite symptoms closely, you will find that unlike other insect bites, there tends to be a typical pattern of bites in case of bedbugs.
Bites of bed bugs usually appear in linear pattern of about 3-4 bite marks. Nonetheless, at times, the pattern may not be easily identifiable.
It is believed that mostly, bed bug bites occur in patterns because of presence of more than one bed bugs feasting together on blood beneath your skin.
Moreover, in case you accidentally move during sleep and disrupt the hungry pest while feeding then it is likely to move ahead and start over again, thereby resulting in multiple bites.
This way, even a single bed bug can bite more than once, leaving behind a pattern of small red bumps.
In addition, when bed bugs bite, they pierce your skin with their elongated beaks to draw blood from your veins. If your veins are thin, they try to find other spots to suck blood enough for their meal. Again, this leads to several irritating bite marks on the skin.
Why do bed bug bites itch?
Bites by bed bugs cause immense itching because of body’s reaction to proteins present in saliva of these parasitic insects. Basically, when bed bugs bite, they inject a chemical that acts as an anticoagulant and anesthetic.
Anticoagulant properties of the chemical prevents blood from clotting so that the insect can feed on it and the anesthetic properties prevent you from feeling the sensation of being bitten so that the bug can suck blood for 3-5 minutes.
However, reaction to this pesky pest’s saliva tends to cause inflammation, raised welts and rashes accompanied by insatiable urge to scratch.
Some people can also suffer from allergic reaction to the bite. Nonetheless, unlike certain mosquito bites, bites by bed bugs are not considered dangerous because they do not transmit any serious diseases.
Dealing with bed bug bites
Different individuals have different reactions to bedbug bites. Some only face minor symptoms while others are prone to more severe and ugly red rashes. The discomfort generally lasts for 2-3 days.
To relieve the discomfort and facilitate the process of healing, you can apply calamine cream on the affected and use simple home remedies like placing ice packs, putting a mixture of baking soda and little bit of water, or soaking the area in warm water mixed with colloquial oatmeal.
Before following any of these treatments, wash the affected area with soap (preferably antibacterial) and water. Needless to add, resist the temptation to scratch.
Plus, eliminate the underlying cause, that is, bed bug infestation to avoid bed bug bites and resultant ugly rashes, not to mention the annoyance over the issue.
Here’s a video explaining why do bed bugs bite