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Is there a way to get rid of bed bug bites and decrease the itchiness?

Is there a way to get rid of bed bug bites and decrease the itchiness?

Itch: Clean all clothes. You practically have to throw everything in the trash because the bed bugs are small and in the fiber strands of cloth. Medically treating skin rashes is usually not needed. The importance is cleaning the house thoroughly. For itch use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or a low dose over the counter cortisol lotion ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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I have red itchy marks on one side of my lower back which increase each morning and look like insect bites. Could this be bed bugs?

I have red itchy marks on one side of my lower back which increase each morning and look like insect bites. Could this be bed bugs?

Wouldn't anticipate : Bed bugs would only bite one particular area. Bites are usually in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. ...Read more

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Is this bed bug bites? I have 3, non itchy, bites in a line on my ankle.

Is this bed bug bites? I have 3, non itchy, bites in a line on my ankle.

Bed bug bites may: have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an 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. ...Read more

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I awoke covered in bug bites (bed bugs/ants?) burning sensation, itchy. Neck is stiff and painful, can't turn to the right. Travelling in Vietnam. Sos

I awoke covered in bug bites (bed bugs/ants?) burning sensation, itchy. Neck is stiff and painful, can't turn to the right. Travelling in Vietnam. Sos

See doctor: Can't really tell what may be causing the problem and whether the skin rash is from bug bites at all from the description. The stiff and painful neck is worrisome and one needs to consider meningitis which can be associated with a generalized rash in some cases. Urge you to see a doctor ASAP. Consider contacting the US embassy to make a recommendation ...Read more

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What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites or bed bug bites?

What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites or bed bug bites?

There are difference: Btwn mosquitoes & bed bugs. Mosquitoes usually aren't out when it's really cold & they are often found outside in wooded areas. Bug beds live inside & thus are not impacted by the temperature. The itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs. Bed bug bites may not itch but when they do it might take up to several days for this to occur. You may only have 1 >>. ...Read more

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Hi. I don't know if its bed bug bites or just hives. I woke up with all of these red itchy marks all clustered together on the back of my hip?

Bed bugs vs hives: Hives can occur suddenly anywhere on your body. They are pink to red, smooth textured- flat topped bumps that can be very small or large or may even coalesce. They can itch intensely as well as stinging. 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 as fast as an hour or may not show for several >. ...Read more

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I recently got a couple bed bug bites, one formed a large blister around the bite. Should i pop it? And the rest are extremely itchy what should I do?

I recently got a couple bed bug bites, one formed a large blister around the bite. Should i pop it? And the rest are extremely itchy what should I do?

Don't pop it: I suggest no home invasive treatment to any of your lesions as this may lead to more inflammation/infection. Put hot pack on it and if it drains on its own, then just wipe it and put a gauze to absorbe the secretion. Do not put anything inside. You may see doctor in order for him to poke it or start you on antibiotic. ...Read more

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What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites, hives or bed bug bites?

What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites, hives or bed bug bites?

Can be tricky: There are differences btwn mosquitoes & bed bugs. Mosquitoes usually aren't out when it's really cold & they are often found outside in wooded areas. Bug beds live inside & thus are not impacted by the temperature. The itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs. Bed bug bites may not itch but when they do it might take up to several days for this to occur. You. ...Read more

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Bed Bugs (Definition)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological ...Read more