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Do Bed Bug Bites Itch?

For most people, yes, bed bug bites leave behind red itchy bumps. The most common symptoms people get as a result of bed bug bites include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
a young person itches red bed bug bites with fingers

Symptoms of bed bug bites

When a bed bug latches onto you, it injects an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents you from feeling pain. A few hours or days or days later, it wears off and you begin to experience symptoms that include swelling, redness, and itchiness. For some people, bed bug bites also have a side effect of anxiety and inability to sleep (insomnia).

Bed bug bites cause allergic reactions in rare cases including anaphylaxis. If you believe you’re having an allergic reaction to bed bug bites, immediately seek help from a medical professional.

How Long do Bed Bug Bites Last?

Most instances of bed bug bites go away after a week or two. In severe cases, bites make take three weeks or longer to heal. They are itchy, so we understand the temptation to scratch, but the best way to allow them to heal is to not touch them. Very few people experience allergic reactions to bed bug bites, but these cases warrant immediate medical attention.

Can you scratch a bed bug bite?

As with most bug bites, resist the urge to scratch. Scratching bed bug bites will re-open wounds and worsen your current symptoms, lengthening the healing process. 

In serious cases, bed bug bites can develop infections. If this happens, symptoms worsen, cause fevers, or result in nearby lymph node swelling, make sure to seek medical help right away.

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