The best way to confirm that the bites are from bed bugs is to find other evidence of a bed bug infestation. Common telltale signs can be found on or near your mattress: pull up your sheets and check the seams and folds for thin black fecal streaks or small red blood spots.
Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown parasitic insects that bite the exposed skin of sleeping humans and animals to feed on their blood. Although bedbugs aren't known to spread disease, they can cause other public health and economic issues.
A doctor can usually diagnose bedbug bites. You should call your doctor right away if: your bites become red and swollen; your bites form blisters or sores; you have a fever. You may have an infection or a severe allergic reaction.
Antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotic can help with skin infection caused by the bed bug bites. Epinephrine, corticosteroids or antihistamines injections might be administered by the doctor in case of a systemic allergic reaction. Always follow the instructions mentioned in the package of the creams, ointments or lotions.
Identifying a bed bug bite. Bed bug bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites, but there are also other bugs that cause itchy bite marks that you may confuse them with. Many people cannot tell the difference between bed bug bites and dust mite allergy. The main difference is that dust mites don't bite.
The symptoms of a bedbug bite are usually mild when present, and often individuals will not experience any symptoms at all. Bedbug bites can occur on any exposed part of the body, with the face, neck, arms, and hands being areas commonly affected. The signs and symptoms can appear from minutes to days after the initial bite.