It is not always obvious where bedbugs bite. While some people experience a reaction immediately after being bitten, others take two or more weeks before they start to notice any symptoms. Bedbugs are different from chiggers or fleas because their bites appear anywhere on exposed skin. Unlike fleas, which usually appear around the ankle, bedbug bites are not red and do not have a center dot.
Bedbugs usually bite the legs, arms and even hair, but they prefer feeding on the head and neck. Those areas are often exposed, which makes them ideal for bedbug feeding. The bites can be painful and may even turn into blisters. A person who is repeatedly bitten by bedbugs may develop a fever, fatigue and anemia. Blisters may also develop, so it is important to visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
While bedbug bites can be painful, they are not as painful as a bee sting. Most complaints are about itching, which is caused by the chemicals bedbugs inject into your body during a bite. In some cases, bedbugs can cause severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis.
If you’ve recently stayed in an infested room, be sure to wash your clothes as soon as you get home. If you haven’t had time to wash them immediately, place them in a plastic bag until you’re able to do so.