For things like insect bites, plant rashes and similar organically caused skin issues, trying to figure out what’s going on by reading descriptions and opinions can be difficult. Having a picture to compare your bite to can make a huge difference in how well you can identify what actually bit you. Was it really a bed bug or was it just a mosquito or horsefly? Even with a picture it can still be hard to tell but at least it can narrow down your choices a bit.
Let’s take a look at some different bed bug bite patterns and effects they have on people and then compare them to some other insect bites so we know what we’re dealing with a little better.
Bed Bug Bite Pictures
Your mild bed bug bite will just look like a small raised red bump and the way bed bugs feed, they tend to be in a straight line like they bite, take a few steps then bite again, repeat. Obviously you shift in your sleep, especially when your body knows something isn’t quite right so these lines can change a bit. Add more and more bugs living with you and you could end up with some very large areas coated in bites all over the place.
Sometimes you can be slightly or severely allergic to bed bug bites and this can cause a lot of complications in the area bitten. That small bump can instead manifest as a huge system of welts, a giant rashy area or something worse. The more you scratch, the more irritated your bites can get and this can lead to even more complications such as skin infections.
Where Do Bed Bugs Bite You?
The most common place to be bitten is your arms, chest and shoulder area. These insects are drawn by your breath similar to mosquitos so they tend to be fairly close to where that breath is coming from. When you’re sleeping on your side or back, naturally your breath spreads out across your upper body so that will be the primary target.
Getting bitten on your lower body is rarer but it can occur just as much. Ankles and feet seem to be a good target simply because many of us sleep with our feet sticking out of the covers. It just feels good, especially on a hot day.
Other Insect Bites
Flea bites look incredibly like bed bug bites and this could be because they have similar mouth structures if you look at them closely under a microscope. They share more of a similarity than mosquitos anyway. You’ll be able to see that red bump almost right after a flea bites you and flea bites can be very noticeable themselves. They aren’t as sneaky as bed bugs.
Mosquitos give you yet another raised bump but these can sometimes not be red at all until that amazing urge to itch hits. Mosquito bites are rarely ever grouped and most definitely not in a straight line.
Effective Treatment and Relief
For your average bite or area covered in bites, a cream with hydrocortisone can be very relieving. This is a numbing agent and if it’s numb, you won’t feel that never ending need to scratch and itch the area. They make specialized creams for various insects and some may work better for bedbug bites than others. Flea bite relief creams seem to be popular with some people and others prefer a basic aloe vera gel that you can find in any all natural health food store.
Just use whatever works for you but if you think you’re having an allergic reaction to your bites, see a medical professional right away to avoid complications.