The reaction time for bedbug bites varies depending on the severity of the bite, your immune system, and the location of the bites. In some cases, it may take several days before you see any visible effects. In such cases, it may be necessary to seek medical treatment.
Most people don’t know they’ve been bitten until they see the bite marks. Bed bug bites look and feel a lot like flea or mosquito bites, and they can be very itchy. Some people don’t react to them at all, while others develop large, itchy welts that take weeks to heal. Unlike flea and mosquito bites, bed bug bites do not appear in clusters or in threes. They can appear as small, single bites, or in large clumps. If you see any bites on your skin, you should visit a doctor for an immediate treatment.
Even though home remedies do not kill bedbugs, they can help relieve the discomfort caused by the bites. Applying a thick coat of baking soda and water to the area will help soothe the skin and prevent further skin infection. Similarly, you can apply natural astringents to the area to reduce itching.
The signs of a bedbug bite are subtle. The bites themselves do not cause pain; the redness or swelling starts more than 24 hours after the bite. If the redness or swelling appears to appear more than 24 hours after the bite, it’s likely you’ve been bitten by bedbugs. A medical examination will confirm whether or not you have a bedbug infestation.