Bed bugs were once thought to be virtually extinct in the United States. They now appear in hotels, hostels, and hospitals all over the country. These tiny, blood-sucking insects look like beetles but they live on carpeting, upholstery, and bed mattresses.
They feed in the night, especially during the pre-dawn hours. Their meal is your sleep body. Although they aren't dangerous, bed bug bites can be annoying. You can also recognize the bed pests bites through searching online pictures.
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The bites of bed bugs will appear on any part of your body within a few hours after they have bitten you. These red bumps are usually raised and sometimes have a visible center. They can also appear in groups or rows.
They inject chemicals under the skin to act as an anesthetic so that the bite isn't felt until the next morning. If the bite is severe, itching and possibly a rash around the area may occur.
Bed bug bites are usually treated with an over-the-counter treatment like hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl lotion. An antihistamine like a Benadryl capsule may be recommended for severe itching. Avoid scratching the bites as this can lead to infection and scarring.
To prevent secondary infections, many people apply antiseptic to the bites as they heal. A doctor may need to prescribe stronger prescription medication if there is a more severe allergic reaction. Most bug bites heal in 3 to 2 days.