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What does bed bug bits look like?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. However, there are treated in the same way - wound care, steroid creams and antihistamines.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. Signs of secondary infection.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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may include: ^ swelling, ^ redness, ^ warmth, ^ tenderness, pus-like discharge or red streaking. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation & treatment.
Dec 21, 2013
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Individual bedbug bites don't look any different from mosquito bites; however, bedbugs cluster and mosquitos don't.
Dec 21, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What other bugs make bites that look like bed bug?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Many: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. However, there are treated in the same way - wound care, steroid creams and antihistamines.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

How can you tell if you were bit by a bed bug?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bed bugs: May have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from 1 hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What do a bed bug bite look like and what do you do?

6 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. However, there are treated in the same way - wound care, steroid creams and antihistamines.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am getting bit and it's not bed bugs?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Need to get: An idea of what type of bug is biting you and where they are coming from to eradicate them.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how does a bed bug bite look like?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Red spots or bumps: These happen most often while you are alseep, so when you wake up you may find red spots or bumps that itch. They aren't dangerous, but they aren't pleasant either. They stop itching and go away within a week or two. No treatment is generally necessary except anti-itch measures.

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