How to Diagnose Bed Bugs

Monday, 13 Jun 2011 03:24 PM

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Bed bug bites are often mistaken for allergies like urticaria, more commonly known as hives. The most common symptom that signals the presence of bed bugs is a rash that appears on exposed areas of the skin.

A rash caused by bed bugs may present in one of two distinct patterns. The rash may form linear patterns of bumps that are red in the morning and fade as the day progresses. Rashes can also appear in random patches of red, itchy spots. Some people may experience anaphylactic shock as a result of the skin irritation caused by bed bugs.

To correctly diagnose bed bug bites, individuals should watch for symptoms on the skin shortly after waking up in the morning.

The top three bed bug signs to watch for are as follows:

• The adult parasites have either a reddish or reddish brown body and are flat or oval in shape.
• The size of a bed bug is similar to that of an apple seed. After consuming human blood, they leave dark fecal stains as blood spots.
• As they grow, these parasites shed their skins, which look like light-brown colored shells.

For more information on bed bugs, see below:

How Do I Get rid of Bed Bugs?


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