Bed Bug Symptoms

Overview

When bed bugs feed, they release two chemicals into the bloodstream: an anticoagulant to prevent the blood from clotting, and an antihistamine that prevents immediate paid.

Typically, bed bug bites appear along the upper torso, including the face, neck, shoulders and arms.

They can appear in the shape of a cluster or zig-zag pattern. These 2 traits distinguish them from other insect bites: Mosquito bites appear as a single raised welt, while spider bites simply look like two puncture marks in the skin.

The most common physical reaction to bed bug bites is skin irritation or a burning sensation.

Anxiety is a common mental symptom associated with bed bugs, especially with repeated bites. This trauma can also lead to insomnia, with people either finding it difficult (or outright refusing) to go to sleep at night. Insomnia, in turn, can lead to a loss in productivity, irritability, and a weakened immune system which can cause physical sickness.

In extreme cases, bed bug bites can cause an allergic reaction. People who have a bed bug allergy can break out in hives, develop nausea and other flu-like symptoms, or even pass out.

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that can also develop from infected bed bug bites, with symptoms including large rashes, fatigue, chills or fever, and pus-filled abscesses.

Below is a library of resources to help you learn the fundamentals of bed bug symptoms. 

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The Top 5 Health Risks of Bed Bugs on Children

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Top 5 Worst Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

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