Editor’s note: Remember from last week, how our hero G experienced no signs or symptoms from his adult and nymph bed bug bites? When it comes to the saga of S and G, things are continuing to develop, literally. Read on for the latest update from S. In case you missed them, check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the saga.
We have some news. It’s not earth-shattering, and it’s not bad, but it’s pretty interesting.
Saturday night, we looked at George’s arms and found bumps. There were two bumps in the spot where he was bitten by the adult. He said, “Oh yeah, I think it stopped and restarted biting at one point.” One bite was a little larger than the other.
Then we checked the arm with the nymph, and there was a bump there too.
His bites do not itch. He thinks they might have shown up a couple days ago, but he barely noticed them because they don’t itch at all. They look like pimples. Non-itchy pimples.
Throughout our bedbug ordeal, I remembered noticing pimples on his back. But nothing ever itched him, and I always assumed he just had some pimples on his back. Now, of course, I am wondering if they were bites. Non-itchy bites.
Interestingly, George’s two adult bites are of different sizes. The adult started biting him, for about ten seconds, before he moved his arm slightly and the bug stopped biting (it actually flipped onto its back, it was so weird – I have heard of bedbugs “playing dead” and perhaps that was this response). Anyway, then it righted itself, and went back to biting, in what we thought was the same spot. I guess it was actually half an inch over.
Today, if we look at his smaller adult bite, and his nymph bite on the other arm, they look pretty much identical in terms of size and color. His larger adult bite was where the bug spent the majority of its time. This leads me to believe that the length of time the bug spends is as important, if not more important, than the size of the bug itself.
Meanwhile, the flaming skin around my adult bite is taking up much more space on my arm, than the skin around my nymph bite. The centers of the bites look the same – a little hard whitish-clear bump – but the itchy skin around them is definitely different for nymph versus adult.
S’s bites on day 5
My overall finding is that while my two bites started out the same, and looked & felt exactly the same for about two days, the adult bite remained swelled over a larger surface area than the nymph bite, for the following three days. So I do believe there is a difference, though in my case, it appeared over time.