How to diagnose mysterious bed bug bites and treat them?

The condition of being parasitized, bitten, or lived on by another organism is termed as parasitizes. But to recognize this skin condition is not always easy as all bug bites look quite familiar and often these bugs bite during night time when you’re fast asleep. So, it’s more difficult to figure out which bug has bitten your skin.

How to diagnose mysterious bed bug bites and treat them?

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Some of the bug-bite reactions include environmental allergens such as chemicals or irritant fibers. When handling a person with a concern about arthropod bites/itches, an open mind must be kept in regard to the possible identification of a source that may be the cause of the person’s concern. In this article, we’ll enlighten you about some of the mysterious bed bug bites and how to treat them.

Bed bugs - Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects. They feed on blood from humans or animals, and they’re most active at night, feeding on their victims while they sleep. Bed bug bites are often very itchy. You may experience a burning sensation on the skin and the symptoms typically disappear in one to two weeks. Use an anti-itch cream to keep yourself from itching the bite. You can also take an antihistamine to help reduce the itching and burning. Ice packs can help numb the skin and reduce your urge to scratch.

Fleas - These nasty critters cause painful and irritating bites and can even transmit tapeworm. Without treatment, fleas will enjoy a good stay on host’s body. Flea bites are usually tiny crusted red bumps on the lower legs, especially around ankles or calves. The bumps will be very itchy, so treat them with topical cortisone and soothing creams. You can also use ice cubes, which slow down nerve transmission and can help with itching. 

Chiggers - They're not considered insects but actually members of the arachnid family, which includes ticks and spiders. These are likely to bite you if you're around grassy areas, a golf course, baseball field, or playground. Chigger bites leave reddish bumps on the skin with a brighter red dot in the center of each bump. These bumps also resemble pimples or hives. To get relief, you may take a cool shower or wash the bite with soap and water. To relieve the symptoms of itching or burning, you can apply cortisone cream or a topical treatment like After Bite.

Black widow spider - It is usually found in warm dry areas of the southern and western United States. The black widow has a distinctive red hourglass shape on its abdomen. The spider bite is painful and you’ll get swelling and redness at the site. You may be able to see two fang marks. Within eight hours your muscles may become stiff, and you could experience nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing, rash, itching, and even tremors and leg paralysis. Immediately wash the area with cold water and soap, and then ice for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off until you get medical attention.

Fire ant - They may be small, but fire ants are highly aggressive and deliver a painful bite. Generally, fire ants are found throughout the southeastern and southwestern United States. Their nests turn up on lawns, in parks, and pastures. Fire ant stings can be identified by the groups of swollen red spots that appear on the skin and resemble pus-filled pimples. To treat the bites, you may take a cold shower or wash the area with soap and water, and apply topical creams like After Bite.

Note: Prevention is better than cure. So, get immediate flea/pest control as soon as you notice these types of bug bites.

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