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Do Bed Bug Bites Itch?

Yes, bed bug bites are infamous for being one of the itchier types of bug bites. It’s important to not scratch at bed bug bites to avoid hindering the healing process!

Learn if bed bug bites itch in the North and East Bay area from Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen

Side effects and symptoms of bed bug bites include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

What are Bed Bug Bite Symptoms?

People very rarely feel bed bug bites when they happen. This is because the bugs inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Bites usually show up one to three days later, but could never show up whatsoever. When they do, the bite will appear slightly swollen and red, and will itch or irritate the skin. Common side effects of bed bug bites include insomnia, skin problems, and general anxiety about your bed bug problem!


How Long Do Bites Last?

After appearing, bed bug bites can last for one to two weeks if they heal properly. People with stronger reactions to insect bites in general may notice bites take three weeks or longer to heal. To let them heal properly, it’s very important to never scratch at the bites to let them heal properly. While rare, bed bug bites can cause allergic reactions. In any case, it’s crucial to seek help from a medical professional when your symptoms become more serious than the typical side effects.

Is it OK to Scratch Bed Bug Bites?

Just like with any insect bite, it’s very important to resist the urge to scratch. Scratching a bed bug bite can delay the healing process, re-open more serious wounds, and make the bites even worse! In serious cases, bed bug bites can become infected. If this were to happen, the symptoms would get bad, quickly. Once again, always consult your doctor for more information on treating bed bug bites.

Do Bed Bug Bites Itch? in the North Bay and East Bay CA Area

Alamo | American Canyon | Benicia | Berkeley | Blackhawk | Calistoga | Castro Valley | Clayton | Concord | Danville | Dublin | Fairfield | Hayward | Hercules | Lafayette | Livermore | Mill Valley | Moraga | Napa | Middletown | Harbin Springs

Ukiah | Novato | Oakland | Orinda | Palo Alto | Petaluma | Pleasant Hill | San Anselmo | San Leandro | San Rafael | San Ramon | Santa Rosa | Sonoma | Tiburon | Vacaville | Vallejo | Walnut Creek | Hidden Valley Lake | Vichy Springs | Regina Heights

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