Do Bed Bug Bites Itch?
Out of all bug bites, bed bugs are known to be one of the itchiest. While not every person reacts poorly to bed bug bites, itchiness is one of the most common symptoms for those that do get symptoms.
The 4 most common bed bug bite symptoms are:
Symptoms From Bed Bug Bites
If you are bitten by a bed bug, you will not feel it right away. This is because bed bugs inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. This is why they can feed away overnight without you ever noticing. When the bite does appear in a few hours or days, there are several common symptoms reported. The bite will appear slightly swollen and red, and will itch or irritate the skin. Common side effects of bed bug bites include insomnia, skin problems, and metal health problems or anxiety due to the stress of having an infestation.
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When With Bed Bug Bites Go Away?
Bed bug bites are known to last longer than other types of bug bites. When left to heal properly, they will last for 1–2 weeks at most. Individuals with stronger reactions to insect bites, in general, may notice bites take three weeks or longer to heal. In general, letting a bite heal properly (without scratching it) is your best bet of getting rid of the bites quickly. While rare, some people may react to bites poorly and even have an allergic reaction, which needs to be brought to the attention of a medical professional immediately.
Can I Scratch At Bed Bug Bites?
The key to bed bug bites healing properly is to resist the urge to scratch at them! Scratching a bed bug bite can delay the healing process, re-open more serious wounds, and make the bites even worse! In serious cases, bed bug bites can become infected. Symptoms would be much worse and could cause a fever or nearby lymph node swelling. If this is the case, it’s important to seek help from a medical professional immediately.