The harmful effects of bed bugs go past just being bitten. While bed bugs won't do any major harm to you unless you're allergic, trying to treat them on your own may cause problems. Additionally, if you don't get rid of the bed bugs, their bites could cause long-term health problems, some of which are secondary to the bites themselves.
If you notice bed bug bites, your first question is often, “Can bed bugs make you sick?” If you are allergic to the bed bugs, you may suffer from a reaction. Most people, however, do not. But, if you have long-term exposure to bed bugs, you may see some bed bug disease symptoms such as insomnia and a secondary infection from constantly scratching itchy bites. As soon as you notice bed bug bites on humans, including yourself, you should contact Clint Miller Exterminating to have the problem taken care of professionally. This way, you don't risk starting a fire or breathing in too much of a dangerous over-the-counter chemical that may not even work.
Can bed bugs affect your health? Most definitely. Some of the issues caused by bed bugs include:
Allergic reactions that may be mild or extreme. The reaction is similar to that of a bee sting if you are allergic to bees. If you do suffer an allergic reaction to bed bug bites, you should go to an urgent care or emergency room.
Secondary skin infections that arise from constantly scratching red, itchy bites and opening the wound to germs could happen. This happens when germs and pathogens on your hands get into the open wounds.
Insomnia may occur because the bites are annoying. If the itching wakes you up during the night, you could definitely suffer from a lack of sleep, especially if you are someone who cannot go right back to sleep. If this happens several nights in a row, you could start suffering from anxiety, depression, difficulty focusing and irritability.
If you properly treat the bed bugs and keep your bites clean, the answer to, “Can bed bugs cause health problems?” is 'no,' unless you have an allergy to them.
What can bed bugs do to humans? In most cases, they just bite you and cause irritation. Keeping the bites clean until they heal is part of the key to not getting sick. Wash the bites thoroughly with mild soap and water. Don't rinse the soap off – it may help with the itchiness. If it doesn't, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the bites and leave it on for an hour. You may wash it off after. The itching should be alleviated.
Anti-itching creams from the drugstore may also help with the itching. Be sure to follow the instructions on the brand of cream you purchase. Aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relief medication may help if the bites are painful, though in most cases, they are not. If the bites are more severe or you believe you are suffering symptoms because of the bites, be sure to see your doctor as soon as possible.
It could be difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your own. They often hide in hard-to-get-to places such as bed frames, alarm clocks, headboards and more. If you believe you have a bed bug infestation, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to help you eradicate the pests. They'll just keep multiplying and causing you grief if you don't properly get rid of them.