A Really Stupid Question(6 posts)
Ever since "the dog" was here (I'm getting a visual inspection next week to confirm) I'm very itchy.
When I'm walking, when I'm talking...when I'm thinking (about bed bugs)
Just not when I'm sleeping....no bites or anything.
Other than large ugly welts....what would a bite look like?
Just to mention, my skin has a tendency to itch anyway....especially in the winter with indoor heating.
Is general itchiness a sign?
Not a realiable sign. Most people will say that bedbug bites itch more than other insects do but aside from that most things connected with skin reactions are not a reliable diagnostic.
You really need to look at the followinga s the only confirming signs:
- Live samples
- Cast skins
- Faecal traces
Outisde of those nothing is really predictable with bedbugs.
Bed Bugs Limited
I think we get even "itchier" when we're thinking of bbs. Must be the anxiety of them...or our tendency to notice every skin irritation. I have sensitive skin too and will have itches but overtime you figure out which itches are irritation, and which are actual bites.
Funny, in a way, I felt like I was getting bitten last night. I had to think my way through it. The heat was up. Then I remembered this sensation I was experiencing was what I used to call Not Enough Humidity.
Agreed, S and D. I am beginning to realize that some of the markings I see on my skin probably ALWAYS occurred--from lousy diet, and left over tendency toward acne which disappeared by 90% only with menopause. My skin doesn't break out like it did well into adulthood (inflamed oil glands), but I never completely got rid of it. I am starting to ignore some of the new things I see on my skin.
Also, itching. I think many of us also itched from time to time prior to this, but again, we didn't really notice it so much. Many of the things we do in the course of treatment--especially extra showering and drying of clothing and bedding--will cause itching in just about anyone, BB or not. I notice that the minute I put fabric over any part of my skin, I get an itchy reaction. This war on bedbugs creates a very arid environment and skin, dealt with normally, will generally contain some oils that soothe. Constant drying, heating, washing will dry everything out and remove any cushion against itching.
So to respond to the first poster, I don't think itching tells us anything that we need to know.
Sadly...I've given in.
I felt "a lump" on my back...not itchy or anything. But, with the mirror, it looked red.
I never break out on my back....
The big problem is the preparation, but the exterminator says he has someone who can do it.
Oh well, a good time to get rid of clutter.
My husband and I were going into battle over this, because he doesn't see the bugs. However, as soon as I showed him "the lump" and showed him pics on this site of verified bites, he agreed (without arguing).
That lump must really look ugly.
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