The most common symptom that you have bed bugs in your home is the bites on the skin. These bites are quite annoying and aesthetically they don’t look good at all. They often occur on the legs, shoulders, neck, and face, but can also occur on the arms and hands. Correctly identifying these bites will help you take steps to prevent bed bugs from continuing to reproduce in your bedroom. For this reason, today we want to share the best images of bed bug bites on the arms of both adults and children. We will also talk about how to prevent bed bugs from entering your home and how to control them effectively when they are present.
Bed Bug Bites On Arms Pictures
Bed bugs bite late at night, or in the early morning hours when people are sound asleep. Also, when bed bugs do bite, they do so in line or zigzag patterns, this makes them easy to recognize.
In our first image, we can see the left arm of a woman that has been bitten by bed bugs. In this case, a linear pitting pattern is clearly noticeable.
Unlike other insects such as bees, wasps, bumblebees, ants, and spiders, whose bites cause pain, bed bugs don’t cause pain when they sting. This occurs because when bed bugs bite, they inoculate an anesthetic similar to lidocaine from dentists. People feel the itch after an hour or two have passed. People don’t experience pain either. Of course, the itching can be so strong that people with a lot of bites can experience a burning sensation on their skin.
The image below shows a woman’s arm with a lot of bites. Some bites are in groups of reddened areas.
Bed bug bites generally look like large, red, raised bumps that are quite itchy. They resemble the bites of other insects such as chiggers or mosquitoes. In some cases, they can appear as small red bumps surrounded by blisters or hives. Some people scratch so much that they even cause deep wounds that can become infected, although this is not very common. Most bite wounds heal on their own in a week, sometimes two.
In the following image, we can see the bites on the left arm of a man with bites. Large red dots are typical of bed bug bites.
Pictures Of Bed Bug Bites On Arms
Correctly identifying bed bug bites will help you differentiate them from flea bites. If you have pets in your home, make sure you keep them flea-free. Prevent your pet from climbing on your bed and make sure you vacuum the rugs every day. The use of insecticides is only recommended when the flea problem is moderate or severe.
The following image shows the forearm of a man with several bed bug bites. In this case, the bites are smaller red dots. This is because three or four days have passed after the bites occur. Little or no itching occurs at this stage.
- Although bed bugs have become a public health problem, they are not yet known to transmit disease through their bites.
- Remember, where there is a bed bug, there are usually many, often in the areas surrounding or adjacent to the infected room or item.
In the fifth image, we can see bites on both arms of a man.
Some people may have an allergic reaction produced by bed bug bites. In these cases, exaggerated swelling and edema may occur in the area of the bites. These cases are usually treated with cold compresses, pain relievers, and antihistamines. If the itching sensation is very strong, calamine-based products can also be used.
The following image shows the inside of the right arm of a person with bites.
Only in rare cases, the allergic reaction can cause a severe response of the body, causing widespread inflammation, including in the airways. In other cases, severe symptoms such as fever, nausea, cough, swollen tongue, and irregular heartbeat may occur. In these cases, you should see your GP immediately.
The image below shows a woman’s left arm that has a lot of bites. The image below shows the left arm of a woman that has a lot of bites that have decreased in size due to the passage of time.
Bed bug bites can cause other types of problems and symptoms derived from lack of sleep. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, general fatigue, and decreased immune function are very common in these cases. Thus compromising the general health of people who have this problem. For this reason, it is recommended to identify and eliminate these parasites as soon as possible.
The eighth image in our collection shows the forearm of a person with several bites.
Bed Bug Bites On Child’s Arm
The last image shows the left arm of a child that has been bitten by bed bugs. Note that the reddened area around the bites is larger. This may be because the inflammatory response is greater due to an immature immune system.
Prevention and Control
The most important thing is to prevent insects from entering your home since once inside it is very difficult to eliminate them. If you go on a trip, you should prevent bed bugs from getting on your clothes and/or luggage. Avoid Hotels with poor hygienic conditions. You must also be careful in other places such as condominiums, offices, cruise ships, hospitals, motels, public transportation, and even airplanes.
You should avoid buying second-hand clothes or furniture since that is where bed bugs hide the most. Furthermore, these insects have no preference between sanitary, dirty, or unsanitary conditions.
Other tips to prevent and control bed bugs include:
- When buying furniture, choose those that are made from materials that typically do not contain cracks, crevices, or seams, including plastic, stone, metal, plaster, and high-weave textiles.
- Wash your pajamas regularly.
- Cover as much skin as possible while you sleep.
- Wash clothes in hot water and dry on high heat.
- If possible, use a handheld steamer to kill eggs and insects in clothes or luggage
- When traveling, check for signs of bed bugs in hotel rooms and keep luggage off the floor, beds, and furniture.
- If you’ve been dealing with bed bugs for a long time, it’s best to seek professional technical assistance.
Although they do not transmit any disease, bed bugs are considered a global problem. Identifying bed bug bites correctly and early will save you future problems.
On the other hand, if bed bugs bite on your arms, it is because you do not cover that area while you sleep. It is best to cover yourself well when sleeping and initiate control measures such as searching for a possible nest.
Using calamine-based topical lotions, antihistamines, and pain relievers are recommended if you have a lot of bites on your arms or legs or any part of the body.
Finally, following the tips included here to prevent bed bugs will help you avoid headaches in the future. See you soon!