Bed bugs are notorious for causing instant dread and concern at the thought of an infestation. The idea of bed bugs crawling around in your house brings to mind many questions. One of those FAQ’s is, “Can you be allergic to bed bugs?” The short answer is yes!
The Mayo Clinic Staff made the following statement on their website regarding bedbugs: “Some people have no reaction to bedbug bites, while others experience an allergic reaction that can include severe itching, blisters or hives.” The article further advised anyone who experience severe skin reactions or allergic reactions to bed bug bites to consult with your doctor for professional treatment.
According to a statement from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, “Because bed bug bites affect everyone differently, some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bugs and can react adversely to the bites. These allergic symptoms can include enlarged bite marks, painful swellings at the bite site, and, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis.”
While allergic reactions from bed bug bites are not common, it is not unusual to be bitten as a result of a bed bug infestation. This insect is a small, oval shaped brown bug that is about the size of an apple seed. They live on the blood of animals and humans. A bed bug does not fly but scurries quickly across the floor, up the side of walls and even onto ceilings. They quickly multiply with one female bed bug laying hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. These eggs are about the size of a speck of dust and, therefore, very hard to find.
An infestation of bed bugs is not a sign of negligence or filth. They can be brought into homes or hotels regardless of how clean they may or may not be. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, entering your home from luggage, clothing, used furniture and other items in which they can catch a ride. They eventually travel into the bedroom in search of warm-blooded bodies. Being nocturnal, a bed bug will usually bite people during the night while they are asleep. Most bites are painless and unnoticed. It is later that the bite turns into a red, itchy welt. Often, the bite is blamed on mosquitoes or other insects. To confirm the bite coming from bed bugs, it is important to contact your professional bed bug pest control specialist for a thorough inspection of your home. Upon finding bed bugs, they will advise you as to the treatment of these nuisance insects.