Not everyone has the same reaction to a bed bug’s bite. Some people will show marks and experience itching while others will show no signs they were bitten at all. This means that a lack of evidence on your skin does not mean bed bugs have not been visiting you in the night.
What Are The Signs Bed Bug Bites?
Since bed bugs feed on their victims while they are sleeping, most people do not feel the bites. If you have a reaction to the bites they will appear on your skin in the morning. Look for small red bumps that appear in a line or grouping.
What are the Symptoms of Bed Bug bites?
If a person has a reaction to a bed bug’s bite it will generally result in itchy red bumps. However, some people can experience a severe allergic reaction to the insect’s bite. If you experience any of the symptoms below, contact a doctor.
- Larger bumps that can reach up to 8 inches across.
- Blistering sores and sacs of pus.
- A rash that looks similar to hives.
How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
While bites will usually heal naturally within two weeks, over-the-counter topical cortisone creams can be used to relieve itching. It is important to resist scratching the small, red bumps as there is a risk of infection. In cases where an infection occurs consult your health care provider immediately.