Bed Bug Bites
Bites very often will appear on your skin in a line where multiple bed bugs were feeding from their hiding place in the fold of a sheet or blanket. Bites will not be limited to any specific place on the body like just ankles or legs but can be anywhere there is exposed skin.
Bed bugs extract your blood by piercing your skin with an elongated beak and then withdrawing the blood into their body cavity.
Although a bed bug bite is painless and not immediately felt, most people will react to the proteins in the saliva and a welt will appear (similar to a mosquito bite). Itching and swelling are common but itchiness does not peak until a week has passed.
Because there is a spectrum of reactions to bed bug bites many people will be little affected while others will have extreme reactions and feel the need to scratch compulsively it is so itchy. One study documented that up to 30 percent of bed bug bite victims will not display any evidence of having been bitten or fed upon. For this reason, it becomes difficult to determine where or when bites actually occurred.
Unfortunately, there is nothing unique about the appearance of bed bug bites as there is with some other insect bites like the “bullseye” pattern of tick bites. For this reason, the only way to determine if you have bed bug bites is to firmly establish if there are bed bugs in or near where you sleep at night.
Senior citizens are very often unaware they have been bitten so it is especially important that caregivers inspect their skin condition on a regular basis from top to bottom.
Although many sources claim that bed bugs do not transmit disease there is one study proving that bed bug feces does in fact transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease which kills on average 50,000 people annually: https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2014/november/penn-study-shows-bed-bugs-can
If not addressed quickly and efficiently the nightly torture of bed bugs can inflict extreme psychological stress on their victims with lasting effects.
This stress will adversely affect emotional health especially in our most vulnerable populations including those living in shelters, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, affordable housing and those with physical and emotional disabilities.
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