There’s good news and bad news when it comes to bed bug bites. The good news is that, although incredibly irritating and itchy, bedbug bites aren’t all that harmful; At least that’s what experts claim to be a fact.
However, there have been some cases where these insects have caused serious health problems in some patients. While the bite itself isn’t a big deal, allergies caused by bedbugs are another matter. People with respiratory problems should be careful and try to avoid bedbug infestations as it can affect their health. Also, if you think the bite area is inflamed, you should seek the advice of a doctor. Under normal circumstances, bedbug bites should be treated like bites from other insects or mosquitoes.
It is normal for the bite site to be red and itchy, possibly slightly swollen, and although mosquito bites usually heal within a day or two, the bedbug bite may remain for several days. Also, and especially if you move a lot while sleeping, it’s possible to get a few bites from side to side. This is because when an insect senses movement, it automatically comes back and waits for you to go back to sleep, then returns to the same place and continues sucking your blood.
Bed bug bites are even more itchy than mosquito bites. With mosquito bites you will feel it and start sucking blood as soon as I sting, this is not the case with these nasty little bloodsuckers and the itching will only be felt an hour after biting the skin. This happens because there is an anesthetic in the insect’s saliva. Before they suck blood through your skin, they inject anesthetics and anticoagulants to prevent blood from clotting. The rash may appear within an hour of being bitten. However, in some people, scars appear a few days or weeks after being bitten. This is due to the body’s response to chemicals secreted by bedbugs.