Do Bed Bug Bites Itch?
If someone were to ask you do bed bug bites itch? You would probably laugh and tell them of course bed bug bites itch! Well, I have to tell you that that is not strictly true.
You undoubtedly already know that bed bugs are horrid pests who feed on predominantly human blood – however any warm blooded mammals blood will do!
Most often these tiny blood suckers feed during the night, in fact the hour before dawn is usually when they are most active. However, don’t be fooled a hungry bed bug will take the opportunity to eat in daylight too! Their food source is easily detected from body heat and carbon dioxide being exhaled by the victim.
Bed bug bites are most likely to occur on areas of skin which have been uncovered, so the hands, feet, neck, face, arms and legs are all prime targets. Nature has made sure that our vampire friends can enjoy a good meal without their victim even being aware of it. How? Their saliva contains a mild anaesthetic to prevent the victim feeling them bite and also an anticoagulant to allow the blood to flow more readily.
In many people the saliva containing the anaesthetic and anticoagulant triggers an allergic reaction which manifests as inflamed, red, itchy bed bug bites. These itchy bed bug bites can take a few days to show themselves. In some cases they will look like small pimples or bumps on the skin others may experience are rash which looks more like welts. So, for these individuals at least the answer to the question do bed bug bites itch is yes! The itching can be intense and may only last a few hours or it can be a few days.
Okay so when do bed bug bites not itch? The answer is they don’t itch when people have no allergic reaction and therefore no symptoms. This means that it is possible to have one person covered in itchy bites and an other sleeping in the same bed with none!
Getting an accurate diagnosis from your doctor may not be easy unless you can actually track down the bed bugs and have them properly identified. The reason for diagnosis being so difficult is that symptoms of itchy bed bug bites closely resemble those of many other skin complaints from eczema and psoriasis to scabies and other insect bites.
Even when you are 100% sure that you itch is from bed bug bites there is no real treatment. You could apply cortisone creams or take oral antihistamines both of which may relieve the itching and discomfort. The only effective way to treat bed bug bites that itch like crazy is to successfully treat the bed bug infestation!