Water Test on Blood Spot?(4 posts)
Last night, while inspecting my sheets, I noticed a small possible blood-stain (about 1/2 mm). I tried dabbing with hydrogen peroxide and then water to no effect. I put on quite a lot of water (soaked through to the bottom sheet)--should it have started smudging or running? Is the effect pretty subtle? Does the temperature of the water matter?
I haven't noticed any skin reactions yet (16 days and counting since my last likely bite candidate, and 8 days since any sort of skin reaction at all). Also, the stain was on the outside of the top sheet--but maybe that doesn't matter if it was a fecal spot? Haven't really been spotting any other signs despite twice-daily inspections (although I tend to focus on the inside of the sheets rather than the outside, so not sure how long it has been there).
Also keep in mind that while it's best to err on the side of caution, it might be a blood spot from a scab or previous bite (if yours tend to itch/scab). I know that when I was freaking out about my boyfriend's place possibly being infested (found one blood spot on his sheet) I looked at his arm and where his usually lies on his bed and lined it up that the blood spot was from a deep cut he got at his job -- and he frequently gets small injuries at his job. Noticed no other evidence of his place being infested and it's been two months now -- no more blood spots, no fecal stains, no bites.
So keep that in mind, especially if you think it could have been an old bite you might have inadvertently itched/reopened in your sleep.
yeah that Stamps... I share a bed with a welder, he always has scabby arms. Makes inspecting the sheets a pain in the butt.
Thanks stamps and buggedmama. Alas, no old bites or scabby arms. In fact, no new bites either. Just one of those troubling little mysteries common to bbugs, in case we might ever dare to relax!
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