If bedbug bites when in bed will there be blood spots and fecal spots on sheets?(7 posts)
Hi, I have been bed-bug free for 6 months now and started feeling good about it. However, today I woke up with a small reddish raised pimple-like thing on my face, and one on my chest. My bed is still well isolated and I shower every night before putting on sanitized clothes and going to bed.
I do suffer from psoriasis or urticaria (one doctor diagnosed it as dry psoriasis but more recently it was diagnosed by a dermatologist as urticaria that is brought on by stress, heat or a combination of both).
My question is this: If I was bitten, I did not have the usual itchy, burning sensation that used to wake me up from my sleep when bitten 6 months ago before I isolated my bed. I have read on this website that people's reaction to bites can change.
So the next way for me to check if I were really bitten by a bedbug and it was not my urticaria acting up (I have been under a lot of stress at work), would be to verify if my pillowcase or covering sheet (I pull the sheet up to around my next) would have spotting. I see no spotting.
I would appreciate any comments, suggestions, advice.
My experience only, but I find it can depend where I'm bitten. If I'm bitten on my upper back and shoulder blades, I frequently see some corresponding blood spots on the pillow, sheet or the t-shirt I wear to bed. I think after I am bitten those parts of my body must touch the fabric and the fabric blots the blood from the bite wound. However if I'm bitten on a part of my body that would normally not touch the sheet such as my face, I don't seen a blood spot.
This is what bothers me. Although the bugs were in my building I didn't experience anything at the time. Now 3 months later I'm going crazy. I have a rash that looks like a bunch of small individual "bites" and itch like crazy, I don't see any evidence of the critters alive or no, and don't notice any spots of blood, etc. anywhere. Am I just paranoid. I would really like to know!!
ineedrelief, how many bites are there in your rash? I occasionally get rashes from the cold/dry skin which itch a lot but there are usually about 20+ little bumps, which is really nothing like the BB bites I had when I was reacting to them.
Jeanette, I have very sensitive skin and occasionally get little bumps like you are describing. However, I am also fairly sure I no longer react to bites. I also never found any signs of blood spots on my sheets during the infestation. A couple pros on the board often say that bites are not a conclusive way to determine if you have BB, so if you have a mark which is not similar to what you had before, try not to freak out, don't draw an conclusions, and keep looking for something more conclusive while trying your best to assume you haven't got them to keep the stress down.
Thank you for sharing with me Ineedrelief and SeleeplessinChicago. These awful creatures play such havoc with our minds and our lives. Life after having bedbugs is not the same. I find I keep second guessing myself and it is a very stressful way to live. I will take your advice and assume I have not got them while looking for something more conclusive.
I haven't had any conclusive evidence for over a year, Jeanette, and I completely sympathise, because my life is so different now. I try to tell myself that there is no point in suffering unless I KNOW I have them. It works sometimes too
I do get that annoying dry/winter itch, but it's never been accompanied by what looks like any bites of any kind. This is a patch on my back that has all these little red dots that look like bites. I also have what looks like single bites on my arms and legs. I'd imagine they can't run in the little track patterns everyone describes because When I start to itch I'm all over the place moving around, trying to get comfy. I guess only time will tell. If it genuinely is BBs I'd like to nip them in the bud but I don't want to spend that kind of money if I don't have to. I just wish that when they were in the building 3 mos. ago the housing authority would have done more than had those who did have them up on the 7th and 8th floors just get rid of their furniture and not treat at least hteir apts. let alone the whole building. I mean what the heck, from what I hear from other tenants is this is an ongoing problem. They have exterminator come in every three mos. for roach prevention, how much more would it be for them to treat for BBs too???? I mean I'm still seeing furniture wrapped up out by the dumpster every so often, so obviously something is still going on.
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