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I am getting bug bites. my doctor thinks its bed bugs - why is my partner not getting biten? cold it be something else?

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Dr. David Sire
Dermatology 54 years experience
Yes: Usually mites and bed bugs will infest both partners and is one diagnostic point to rule out infestation. You need to be examined by your dermatologist and have the diagnosis made and appropriate treatment prescribed.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It could still be : Bed bugs. You may be reacting to the bites but your partner may not be. Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs except for 2 small puncture points in skin. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. With hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings –.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
but it doesn't always occur. Bites are often in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders,neck & legs. *** You might actually both be getting bitten - but one is asymptomatic.
Oct 12, 2013

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