Bedbug bites

    • Brief

    • Bedbugs are small oval-shaped, reddish-brown insects that feed on human blood. They bite while you sleep, on any exposed part of your body. They hide and live in beds, clothes, furniture, and carpets or cracks in your walls during the day and only become active at night.

      The bites usually become swollen, itchy and they appear to be in a line. The bites can be treated at home and will usually not have any serious consequences.

    • What are the symptoms?

    • Bedbugs  release a chemical that numbs pain as they bite, the symptoms may come after a few days. They include:

      • Several bite marks that have dark spots in their middle and are arranged in a straight line or a zigzag pattern.
      • Serious itching of the bites.
      • Redness and swelling of the bite marks.
      • Pain and discharge of pus if the bites are infected.
      • Blood stains on your bed sheets from scratching the bites.
      • A poor night’s sleep because of itching or because you feel conscious about the bedbugs around you.
    • What are the causes?

    • These bites are caused when bedbugs feed on human blood.

    • What are the things that put you at risk?

    • Bedbugs can only be transferred if people carry them on their bodies or their belongings. You are at increased risk if you:

      • Buy second hand clothes or furniture.
      • Sleep in hotels, hospitals or hostels.
      • Have visitors who have bedbugs in their homes.
    • When to visit a doctor?

    • You will need to see a doctor if, after being bitten by a bedbug, you have:

      • Wounds from scratching the bites that have become infected.
      • An allergic reaction to the bites that causes a cough, difficulty breathing, fever, swelling of your tongue or lips, or dizziness.
    • How to prevent?

    • It is easy to bring bedbugs into your house by accident and it can be difficult for you to detect them at first. However, you can prevent bedbugs from entering your house by:

      • Checking through clothes and furniture before bringing them into your house.
      • Carefully emptying and checking through your luggage when you return from travels.
    • How to manage and treat?

    • Self-care tip:

      • Use a mild anti-itch cream to help reduce the itching. This includes mild hydrocortisone cream.
      • Relieve pain and discomfort by using pain relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen.
      • Avoid scratching the bites and wash them with soap and water.
      • Fumigate your house because this is the only way to stop the bedbugs from biting.

      Treatment options:

      • If you have an infection or allergy from the bite, your healthcare provider may recommend stronger medications.
    • Kulawa cares

    • Bedbug bites are very common and can usually be treated at home. Until you are sure you have gotten rid of the bedbugs, try not to visit or sleep in someone else's house or in a hotel so you do not spread bedbugs.