How long does bed bug bites last? What to do with them?
The post on how long does bed bug bites last is part 4 of The ultimate guide about getting rid of bed bug bites. Bed bugs can’t help but feed on your blood. You see, that is their food; they are blood feeders. With no blood to feed on, they will eventually die – although this doesn’t happen immediately. Bed bugs are capable of going without feeding for 6 months to a year and still survive!
When you notice bed bug bites on your body, don’t assume that the number of them is equal to the number of bed bugs you have. That is not the case! Bed bugs generally feed on one particular spot unless disturbed. The bed bug may be in the process of feeding and then you stretch leaving it no choice but to abort the feeding on a given area and look for another. This could be the reason why you have say one bed bug feed on one part of your body but form numerous bite marks as if more than one bed bug was feeding!
How long does bed bug bites last? This will depend on your skin and its level of sensitivity. While some people may have to suffer through the bite marks for a few days, others may have to endure them for weeks on end. If you develop a severe allergic reaction to the bites then you could be looking at more than a few weeks before the bites can be a thing of history.
How long does bed bug bites last? Can they cause diseases?
Finding bite marks on your body will in most cases result in worry as to whether or not you are infected with one disease or another. Bed bugs are known to harbor pathogens such as hepatitis B and plague in their bodies; however, there is no link to their transmission of diseases. You may end up with skin infections or scars depending on how you are to the bites but you will not end up with life-threatening diseases.
Much as bed bugs are generally associated with dirt, they don’t transmit diseases. You may end up with an infection if your skin is super-sensitive but you don’t have to worry about ending up with diseases. You may also end up stressed by the fact that you have bed bugs at home; but you will not be infected by an actual disease from the bed bugs.
If you do have a weak immune system, chances are high that a bed bug bite may result in secondary infections. When this happens, you need to seek the help if a medical doctor. Ideally, it is best not to scratch the bite mark much as this may seem impossible. This is because scratching may lead to an infection. When you notice the bite marks, you should clean the spot with soap and water. At least, you’ll disinfect the area. Avoid scratching as much as it itches and where need be, make use of anti-itch cream to help relieve the itching.
On which does it depend?
The duration for bed bug bites generally depends on one’s skin type. One person may ensure the bites for a few days while another may have to endure the same for a few weeks. There are those with super-sensitive skin that may have to endure the bites from over two weeks. Such cases are best taken care of by a professional medical personnel.
How long do bed bug bites itch?
The level of itching will depend on your skin and how sensitive it is to the saliva left behind by the bed bug. Some people may not feel the urge to scratch the bed bug bite; while others may have an irresistible urge to scratch. The itching could be such that it warrants an anti-itch cream or a prescription of some sort.
Bed bug bites can stay anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It is important to remember that as long as you don’t scratch the bite marks, the skin will recover faster. Scratching may relieve the itch for a while but it may result in infections and cause the bites to last even longer before healing.
It is not easy walking around with bed bug bites on your body. This can be a very embarrassing experience. The bites may go on their own after a few ways. However if you have sensitive skin then you may be looking at a few weeks not days. For those that can’t help but scratch the bed bug bite then you could be looking at a longer period; especially if the bites turn into blisters that eventually fill with fluid.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about lasting effects of bed bug bites. This is because bed bugs don’t spread diseases and their bites may disappear after a few days or weeks. All you have to do when faced with the bed bug bite problem is to reduce the itching and irritation caused before you have a major problem on your hand.
Although there are over-the counter creams you can use to reduce the itching and irritability, there are also a number of home remedies you can use. You can make use of ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, tea tree oil and witch hazel to help fight the irritation and itching.
Remember to visit a doctor if the bites, itching or irritation last for more than a few weeks.
If you find bed bug bites on your body, don’t fret. The bites may disappear on their own after a few days or they may have to be treated before they can disappear. It is possible to treat bed bug bites naturally or with the help of over-the-counter medication. In extreme cases, a doctor’s intervention may be required.
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