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Do bed bug bites itch?

Bed bug bites do indeed itch. Although not every person reacts to bed bug bites, itchiness is the most common symptom for those that do exhibit symptoms.

Itching bed bug bite on leg

Some of the most common symptoms and side effects of bed bug bites are:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Welts

Bed bug bite symptoms to look for

Bed bug bites can result in several symptoms anywhere from a few hours to a few days after the event. However, bed bug bites are never felt immediately because the bugs inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant. These prevent a person from realizing they are being bitten.

If and when the bite appears on your skin, there are several common symptoms reported. The bite will appear slightly swollen and red, and will itch or irritate the skin. Common side effects of bed bug bites include insomnia, skin problems, and simply general anxiety from the thought of having bed bugs in your bed.

When do bed bug bites heal?

If left to heal properly, bed bug bites can last for one to two weeks. People with stronger reactions to insect bites in general may notice bites take three weeks or longer to heal. To get rid of your bed bug bites ASAP, it’s important to let them heal without scratching them While rare, some people can react to bites poorly and even have an allergic reaction. If this is the case, it’s important to receive professional medical attention.

Can you scratch bed bug bites?

No! You should try your best to resist the urge to scratch your bites. Scratching a bed bug bite can delay the healing process, re-open more serious wounds, and make the bites even worse! In serious cases, bed bug bites can become infected. Symptoms would be much worse and could cause a fever or nearby lymph node swelling. If you have experienced bad symptoms after scratching at your bites, always consult a medical professional.

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