Is this a Bed Bug Rash? Ouch! This stuff is driving me crazy. My arms and hands and neck are red, they are swollen, they itch, and whatever it is, its driving me nuts!
While I’m no doctor… you may want to go see yours. If it is a Bed Bug Rash, you are going to have to find the little buggers and eliminate them. If not, then you should make sure your doctor knows you are having some kind of reaction. It is important to understand that there can be many causes of bite like physical reactions. You need to find out what is causing your mystery rash. These bugs use their sharp beak to pierce the hosts skin and then inject their saliva into the host. Their saliva has an anticoagulant that makes it easier to feed. It also acts as an anesthetic so the victim does not feel the bite. While some people will have little or almost no reaction to their bite, many folks complain of a rash, raised welts, and bites 3 in a row. This is because bed bugs have a tendency to feed in the same spot more than once. These bites can become infected especially if scratched consistently, and can become itchy and red. Some people complain that these areas can become welts that blister and can leave scars. A bed bug rash can be anywhere in between.
How can you tell if you have a bed bug rash and not just some other insect bite? …. The best way is to try and find the insect. Since these bug bites affect people differently, it could sometimes take a while to show up in some people, but more quickly in other people. You may have gotten bit a few days ago in that really nice hotel you stayed in or maybe it was 14 days ago in that youth hostel you stayed in. Maybe you took them home with you and now you have an infestation in your own home and a nice bed bug rash to go with it.
How do you know if you have a bed bug infestation at home? The first thing to understand is that these guys feed at night. So it makes the most sense to check where you sleep. A good idea is to read up on bed bug infestations and there are many great bed bug books available here.
Bed bugs rarely travel more than 10 feet from where they feed so it should be pretty easy to spot an infestation if you have one. Cracks and crevices…..let me repeat….Cracks and crevices. These buggers don’t want to be found. They are doing all they can to stay out of your way in the daytime and come out and feed on you when you go to sleep at night.Since you will likely not ever feel them feeding, you must look for them where they hide. Let me repeat…Cracks and Crevices. Bed coverings where they form creases, box springs, mattresses, backs of head boards, book shelves, spaces between base boards and walls, cracks in the wall, under bed stands where cracks form or out in of the way corners. Glue traps and other methods of discovering bed bugs presence can be used to assist in the process of finding bed bugs. A bed bug rash is the last thing you want to let you know that you have a bed-bug problem.