What is Bed Bug Bites?
Bed bug bites are small, itchy, red bumps that result from the feeding of bed bugs, which are tiny insects that feed on human blood. Bed bug bites usually occur on exposed skin during sleep and may appear in clusters or lines. Bed bug bites are not dangerous, but they can cause allergic reactions or skin infections in some people.
What are the signs and symptoms of Bed Bug Bites?
The signs and symptoms of bed bug bites are:
- Red and swollen welts, often with a dark spot in the center, that may look like hives or welts
- Itchy and burning sensations on the skin
- Bites arranged in lines or clusters, usually on exposed skin during sleep
- Blood stains on the bedding from scratching
- Allergic reactions or skin infections in some people
What treatments are available at the dermatologist for Bed Bug Bites
The treatments available at the dermatologist for bed bug bites are:
- Steroid ointments and antihistamines. These are the most common bedbug bite treatments. They relieve itchiness and swelling. Scratching bedbug bites can lead to skin infections.
- Injection of an antihistamine, corticosteroid, or epinephrine. Some people may require an injection of one of these medications for a severe allergic reaction.
- Professional extermination or heat treatment. It can be difficult to get rid of a bedbug infestation because they hide well and can live months without eating. You may need to hire a professional exterminator, who will likely use a combination of pesticides and nonchemical treatments. You may also treat your home for bedbugs by vacuuming, laundering, or placing items in an enclosed vehicle.
Bed Bug Bites vs Mosquito Bites
Bed bug bites and mosquito bites are both red, itchy, and may look similar. However, there are some differences between them that can help you identify what bit you. Some of the differences are:
- Appearance: Bed bug bites usually appear in clusters or lines of three to five bites, often on exposed skin during sleep. Mosquito bites are usually isolated and random, and can occur on any part of the body that clothing does not cover.
- Reaction time: Bed bug bites may not cause any skin reaction for hours or days after the bite, while mosquito bites are usually instantly itchy and visible.
- Infection: Mosquito bites can transmit serious diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, and West Nile virus, while bed bug bites are not known to spread any diseases.
FAQ About Bed Bug Bites
Where are bed bugs found?
Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Europe. Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found. Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep.
Do bed bugs spread disease?
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.
How do I know if I’ve been bitten by a bed bug?
It is hard to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten.
Is there a dermatologist near me in Denver that offers treatment for Bed Bug Bites?
Yes. At our Denver dermatology office we offer treatment for Bed Bug Bites to patients from Denver and the surrounding area. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.