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Common Bed Bug Bites
What do bed bug bites look like? When you're trying to determine if red itchy bumps on your skin are bed bug bites, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. These images were sent in from victims of bed bugs who shared their photos and stories to help others identify the bites.
Bed bug bites typically appear in groups of three, called the "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" pattern. Depending on your body's individual reaction to the bites, they may blend together in a rash, making it difficult to identify individual bites.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Elbow
Alicja spent three days in a hotel in London, where she got bitten by bed bugs. It lasted more than two weeks and was very painful.
"Back home in Rome I went to the IR... I couldn't figure out how mosquitoes could bite like this in London. I did pass by a pharmacy there, but they guessed mosquitoes and gave me 'after-bite.' At the IR they gave me antihistamines and antibiotics."Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Face
"Bed bugs ravaged my face, neck, hand, and arm in Hobart, Tasmania. The bites and lesions throbbed and were very painful for three days afterward. Ice packs certainly relieved the swelling, as well as antihistamines and Panafcortelone that were prescribed by the doctor. About 11 days later they finally began to disappear."Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Rash Picture
Mariusz spent the night in a San Francisco hotel. He reports he "woke up at 4 a.m. with a rash. After inspections, I found and killed three bedbugs."
In this picture of his bites, you can clearly see the three clustered bites typical of a bed bug attack (the "breakfast, lunch, dinner" bite pattern). The picture also shows a rash caused by the bites. Each victim's reaction to bed bug bites is unique. Some may have a slight reddening of the skin. Others may have a more severe reaction, causing a raised, itchy rash. A raised rash especially may obscure the individual bites, making it challenging to identify.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Elbow
C.M. sent this picture of the bed bug bites she suffered on her elbow, received when her New York City apartment become infested by bed bugs. She consulted a doctor, who treated her for a respiratory infection and referred her to a dermatologist for the "mystery rash" she had developed. This is a common experience among bed bug victims when the doctor they see does not recognize the rash as being caused by a reaction to bed bug bites.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Face
"Kyle was a 15-year-old freshman in high school when we had moved into a new apartment. Prior to moving here, we had zero incidents of bed bugs. The mattress he sleeps on is one we have had for more than four years.
We had an exterminator come in since that night. As a precaution, we covered all the mattresses and box springs in the house with plastic mattress covers."Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Foot
This picture of bed bug bites on a woman's foot shows an example of the rash that can develop around bed bug bites if the victim has an allergic reaction.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Ankle
Cheryl spent a week at a beautiful resort and came back with a souvenir she didn't count on. She says, "Our vacation was wonderful, the villa spotlessly clean, the resort employees very friendly and helpful... until we saw bed bugs. Now I know what to look for BEFORE getting into bed no matter where I may travel.
At first, we thought we were getting multiple bites from mosquitoes or sand fleas, but once I started noticing that when I woke up, I had bites around my neckline, arms, wrists, and legs in patterns of mostly three, I realized what they were.
To avoid bringing the bugs home with me, I steamed, vacuumed, and sprayed rubbing alcohol all over my fairly new pillow-top mattress and box springs; steamed, washed, and dried all the bed linens using hot water and bleach; sprayed rubbing alcohol all over my baggage inside and out; and vacuumed my bedroom thoroughly."Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Back
This man, who wished to be anonymous, thought the bedbug bites covering his back were from mosquitoes.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Bed Bug Bites on Leg
David's family doctor confirmed the bed bug bites and gave him multiple prescriptions. He took two baths a day, applied cream three times a day, and took medicine to help with the swelling and itchiness.