Disgusting Skin Problems Caused By Bed Bugs And How To Treat Them
Bed bugs aren’t pretty things; and if you’re staying in a place infested by bed bugs, then you might end up looking not so pretty either. A bite from these creatures cannot be felt at night, when they come out, but the ensuing red welts when you wake up in the morning can raise some aesthetic and health concerns.
These are some of the disgusting skin problems that can be caused by bed bugs:
- Itching (mild to severe) – possible wounds and scarring
- Infection – may ensue from scratching the bite wounds
- Allergy – in some cases, severe allergic reactions occur due to the bug bites.
- American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) – studies are ongoing about bed bugs as a possible carrier of this potentially life-threatening disease, which can be caused by infection with the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi.
- Home remedies or over-the-counter anti-itch medications may be applied for mild itchiness.
- Barring an extreme allergic reaction to the bites, hospital confinement is not necessary. Topical steroid creams or oral antihistamines may be prescribed if itching is severe.
- Antibiotics may be needed for resulting bacterial infections caused by severe scratching.
Detecting the presence of bed bugs is a tricky business, as they can fit into the tiniest of places, such as hard-to-reach cracks and crevices. But once signs such as bites on the skin and pepper-like spots (which may be bed bug excrement or blood) on other surfaces are found, contact a licensed pest control professional.
Bed bugs are elusive, hardy creatures; you are better off with an expert who can make a more thorough inspection, assessment of the infestation, and implement proper measures for a safe and total extermination.