10 Common Symptoms of Bed Bugs
Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown insects that can infest your bed, only to bite you for your blood. They are also found in hotels and hospitals.
Bed bug bites typically go away if you get rid of the bugs with the help of an exterminator, and you use hydrocortisone creams and antihistamines. Here’s more information on how to prevent and get rid of bed bugs.
Symptom 1: Itchy Spots
Do you have red, itchy spots on your skin? Bed bug bites can be anywhere on your body that is exposed while sleeping, such as your face, arms, and back. Initially, bed bug bites are painless. But, then they can become itchy welts.
However, some people never experience itchiness, pain, or redness. They don’t even realize that bugs have bitten them.
Symptom 2: Interrupted Sleep
Are you sleep deprived because you are not alone? Bed bugs and their bites can cause you to lose sleep.
You may be someone who gets a strange sensation that wakes you up. You are not sure what it is – until you find red spots on your body the next day. Or, night after night, you start scratching and try to go back to sleep. But you are bitten repeatedly.
Symptom 3: Red, Bite Marks
Do your arms, shoulders, and other places on your body have red, bite marks?
After being bit by bed bugs, you find red, bite marks on your skin. These marks can show up within hours or may take up to 14 days.
Symptom 4: Red Spots
Are there red or dark spots on your bed sheets? Bed bugs are very tiny, and therefore hard to see. However, these spots or stains could be crushed bed bugs or their poop.
You may also find yellowish skins that the bed bugs shed as they grow. Hire an exterminator or try to eliminate the bed bug infestation on your own.
Symptom 5: Crawling Sensation
Does it feel like something is crawling on you when you try to sleep? Does it feel prickly or tingling? Ugh, is that creepy, crawling sensation driving you nuts?
The medical term is “formication.” But it may be a reaction to previous bites or that you have an allergy to the bed bug bites.
Symptom 6: Spots in a Line
Bed bug bites typically show up in a line, trail, or cluster.
According to STOPPESTINFO, “Unlike mosquito bites, these ones always trail of 2-3 (up to 5) bites in a row, because a bed bug doesn’t suck all of the blood at once, it feeds on it gradually and bites several times. The distance between the bites can be up to several inches. Sometimes this eating pattern is called ‘breakfast, lunch, and dinner.’ Since the bites are painless you won’t be able to interrupt the bed bugs’ feast which can last, as we’ve mentioned, up to 10 minutes!”
Symptom 7: Swelling
Bed bug bites tend to swell up or look like blisters within a few hours. They may be itchy and irritating, but usually not painful.
The bed bug bites may cause you to have an allergic reaction, intensifying swelling and itchiness.
Symptom 8: Rash
If you develop a rash from the bed bug bites, avoid scratching or itching that area. If you itch or scratch the bed bug bites, they may open, and you are at risk for infection.
Contact your doctor for recommended over-the-counter creams or pills, or have them prescribe something to you to help alleviate itchiness, swelling, and other symptoms related to the rash.
Symptom 9: Recurring Bites
If you do not get rid of the bed bugs, they will continue to bite you – over, and over again.
Bite marks go away, but then you may get more because the bed bugs remain in your bed and possibly other locations within your home.
Symptom 10: Taking Them with You
You can transfer the bed bugs to other places, such as your sofa. Or, they may find their own way there.
Bed bugs are not seasonal. They seek your blood all year long.