Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention. What are the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation? One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping.
Bedbugs are obligate, blood-feeding insects that infest human dwellings and inflict bites that can cause local skin reactions in humans (picture 1A-E). Management involves confirmation and eradication of the infestation. Antipruritic agents and psychologic support for victims also may be needed.
In other parts of India, bed bugs were used for the treatment of epilepsy, "piles," alopecia, urinary disorders, and snake bites . Greek army surgeons around 50 AD claimed that bed bugs could neutralize snake venom .
Treatment. You might speed your recovery by using: A skin cream containing hydrocortisone (Cortaid) An oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) If you develop a skin infection from scratching bedbug bites, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.
Some of the common treatment techniques adopted for treating bed bug bites include: Topical cream application such as cortisone that can relieve itchiness Prevent scratching in order to decrease chances of infection In case infection is recorded than oral antibiotics can be given to deal with infections
Bed nets impregnated with the pesticide permethrin may help protect sleepers against bedbug bites. However, this practice may be helping bedbugs develop resistance to this pesticide.