Bed bugs are the brown flat critters that crawl up your mattress and bite you when you’re sleeping. Not because you have a very clean house or you are checked in the most expensive hotel it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever have to deal with them. Bugs live and nest in any articles of furniture, clothing, bedding or drapes. Seeing bug bites when you wake up in the morning is surely one of the things you would never want to happen. How do you distinguish bed bug bites symptoms?
The face, neck, hands and arms are the most common sites for bug bites because they’re the ones that are usually exposed when we sleep. The bite itself is painless, you wouldn’t even know that a bug is already munching on you. Some bites are unnoticed and this goes for people who are really not sensitive to chemicals (bug’s saliva in this case). There are some individuals on the other hand who exhibit severe reaction like painful itching, blisters or hives. One of the most common bed bug bites symptoms is redness. They may look like the usual mosquito bites but check for a darker red spot in the middle. It should tell you that you are probably bitten by a bug. Raised bumps on the skin are also telltale signs. One peculiar thing about bug bites is their sequential arrangement. You will see them lined up in a row or they are clustered. Disease specialists call this as the “breakfast, lunch and dinner” signs from one biting site to another.
Itching and swelling are also considered as bed bug bites symptoms. This is caused by the bacteria in the bug’s saliva when it comes to contact with your skin. To relieve itching, you can apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone. The latter works wonders for me. If you want a natural remedy, you can crush 6 to 8 Vitamin C tablets using the back of a spoon so they will turn into powder. Add a little bit of water to make a pasty mixture. Apply it on the affected area. This will effectively reduce inflammation and itching. Ascorbic acid will also kill the present bacteria. Another effective home remedy is the use of tea tree oil. Clean the area with antibacterial soap and water and then dab the oil to the bites. Tea tree oil contains natural antiseptic properties. If you don’t have tee tree oil at home, you can use basil oil instead. It has the same effects with tea tree oil.
If you’re having bed bug bites symptoms and home remedies do not work, you have to go and see your doctor so he can give you a stronger medicated ointment. And depending on the severity of your reaction, you might be required to take in some oral medications.