A 33-year-old member asked:
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how can you tell the difference between a spider bite and a bed bug bite?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually >.
Answered on Sep 28, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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in areas that are exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders,neck & legs. ***Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or I could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction.
Sep 28, 2013
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Easy: Bed bugs are numerous. Their bites are numerous & itchy. Spider bites are rare. When they occur they are single, painful, & ulcerate. Bed bugs make you itch. Spider bites make you sick.
Answered on Oct 1, 2013

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O ya: Spider is a bug too.

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