How do I know?(2 posts)
Well have been dealing with this for 2 years now. I started getting bumps on my face chin and jawline area and on my back and arms. They are like a bite and sometimes actually have a hole in the middle. Other times its like a little itchy blister. I have scoured the internet and cannot find any answers. Sometimes its a single welt other times it could be two or three. I live where the winters are cold so I am not having the windows open all year round. There are spiders in the house at times but I do not think I would have marks each day (I do wake up with them too and sometimes they develope over the day). I have had the exterminator into my home to do an inspection and he fount nothing. I am always taking my bed apart and searching. My family doctor says that some look like bites because of the pinhole in the middle, my dermitologist seems to think its allergies. I've been on antihistamines and stopped and now I have a cream I put on where it itches. My husband, and my kids think I am crazy because I am always checking their skin too. I have become obsessed and at times I think I am not looking at the situation with a rational point of view. My senses tell me that if it was bed bugs that after two years the problem would be evident. Am I right???? Am I allergic to something??? Does anyone have advice???? PLEASE
People develop bite-like reactions to a variety of allergens and irritants. People's reactions to bed bug bites vary. So "bites" do not necessarily mean you've been bitten by bed bugs and it does not necessarily mean you're getting bit at home.
It's been discussed that homes without pets can sometimes have fleas, they can be detected using "plug in flea traps".
Are your reactions increasing over time, or pretty steady (if the latter, you do not seem to have a growing infestation).
Two excellent sources of information that will help you determine or rule out a bed bug infestation are our FAQ http://bedbugger.com/faqs/ and a comprehensive guide from the Resources section, like this one (with hints on how to inspect your space) http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/Bed_Bug_Manual_v1_full_reduce_326605_7.pdf
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