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American Academy of Dermatology Offers Bed Bug Bite Care Tips

Bed Bug Bite Care Tips
Bed Bug Bite Care Tips

Bed bugs are tiny pests that can turn into a big pain when you have an infestation and they’re very difficult to get rid of without help from professional NJ pest control services. Their big pain is an even bigger problem when they bite people in order to feed. Keep these bed bug bite care tips in mind if you have these bloodsucking pests.

Wash Bites

If you have bed bug bites, wash them with clean water and soap to lower your risk of an infection. Washing these areas might also help ease itching.

Treat Itchiness

Bed bug bites may itch, but don’t scratch them. Doing so can lead to a skin infection that requires antibiotics. Instead, take steps to reduce itching, such as using an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream on bites.

Call Your Doctor

When you have bed bugs, it’s important to check for bites each day and keep a close eye on them. If you have a serious reaction to bed bug bites or if you develop a skin infection, get in touch with your doctor. Signs of an infection include redness and swelling around the bites. Your doctor can prescribe antibiotics to treat infections and prevent complications.

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What is Going on with Proteins in Bed Bug Saliva?

Residents of New York City and New Jersey and other places may be interested to know that scientists have been analyzing bed bug saliva protein. Sounds exciting! Well the saliva proteins are the reason why bed bugs can suck blood out of their human victims and be able to escape and not get smashed by their human blood meal. The findings of scientists may have medical applications in diagnosing bed bug bites as well as preventing itching.

The proteins in the saliva of these blood sucking insects make the blood vessels of their victims dilate which creates a better blood flow, inhibit clotting and also prevents people from immediately feeling pain and itching that could wake up the human blood meal. The human would probably crush the odious bed bugs.

Some scientists believe that the proteins contained in bed bug saliva may be utilized for immune detection of humans and animals to bed bug exposure or as part of desensitization vaccines.

Bed bug monitors are an important part of a comprehensive bed bug prevention plan.