Bed bugs live with us, among us, and there’s little we can do about it. They have been around since the dawn of time and even though they can be quite a nuisance, most of the time they don’t pose a serious threat to our health if properly treated.
Sure, in the worst-case scenario, they can cause serious health issues, but it’s the irritating itching that keeps people awake at night that does the real damage in most cases.
Bed bugs can, in fact, bite, and their bites can be quite painful, which then leads to sleep deprivation, loss of focus, and general discomfort. Of course, different people will have different reactions, so it’s important to know how to deal with a bed bug infestation.
With that in mind, let’s look at some of the health risks involved and what you can do about it.
Chemical Sensitivity & Reactions to Bed Bug Bites
The most common symptoms of bed bug bites are welts or red bumps on the skin that appear a couple of days after being bitten. Most of the time, these reactions don’t last for more than a few days but there are rare cases where it takes several weeks for symptoms to subside. These red bumps look a lot like mosquito bites, except that they stay around for much longer, and tend to cause an increased level of pain and discomfort.
The welts are incessantly itchy, so there’s no avoiding scratching. One of the health issues related to bed bug bites is excessive scratching. Excessive scratching can cause irritation and damage to the skin, which could be an introduction to various forms of infection if left untreated.
To prevent more serious reactions and persistent redness, take all the necessary precautions and even consult a doctor if necessary. Bed bugs inject a chemical when they bite which acts almost like an anesthetic, and that’s why most people don’t feel a thing while bed bugs feast on their blood. This injection of chemical into your body also creates the risk of contracting a bloodborne pathogen.
To most people, this chemical is literally harmless but there are those who are allergic and break out in a rash or develop a disease, such as Chagas disease. If you see any signs of a rash or start to suffer from a fever consult a doctor immediately.
How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation
If you’re worried about a bed bug infestation in your home, here’s what you can do:
- Check your sleeping area
- Check your luggage
- Inspect everything that comes into your home for the first time (stuffed animal toys, new clothing, appliances, furniture, and so on)
- Inspect your bed carefully
- Take the necessary precautions when you leave your home for longer periods
- Wash travel clothes immediately upon your arrival
- Inspect your home with a pest control specialist
To conclude, bed bugs usually do not cause severe reactions, but they do cause disruption in your daily routine, substantial itching, and pain and suffering. They can cause issues such as added treatment expenses and even loss of sleep, so try to stop the spread of infestation as soon as you uncover one.
If you’ve been the victim of a bed bug infestation and are looking for a way to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, reach out to the Bed Bug Lawyers today!