Why do old bites reflare up?(7 posts)
Could it be for *any* other reason besides a fresh bite occurring somewhere else on the body. I don't see any new bites on me in the past few days, but my one persistent old bite on my ankle is super itchy. It's at least 4 months old, this bite. Every few weeks it becomes very itchy, and if i scratch it, becomes an open wound. When it's not itching, there is a very faint pink scar on the location.
I just hope it's something else other than a new bite causing this guy to reflare.
same question here.
Last week I had to go to the ER because a horrible reaction around my neck. I also had several new bites appear on my back after trying to use steri-fab on my couches.. After I was safely home from the hospital I followed up with a dermatologist where they biopsied several bites. These looked like new bites. The doctor said that biopsying them would help to determine if they were new bites, hyper sensitive reactions, or if I developed scabies. I spent the next few days paranoid. Although I am all stitched up still and will be for two weeks all of the bites came back as hyper sensitive reactions. Meaning they appear as bites, but there is nothing in them now that reflects a bite. Something triggered this. For me, we believe that it was my couches. My uneducated PCO who treated with chemicals (Orkin) probably used to much on my couches and whenever I went anywhere near the couches, bites suddenly flared up. This was happening before as well when I was sleeping on a guest bed that also had been treated. When I purchased a new bed the bites there stopped while I slept. My 2nd PCO was great and I knew the bed bugs were gone, I just couldn’t figure out where these new bites were coming from. I had suspected my furniture so I asked some friends to come and remove it over the weekend. It’s been out of my house now for 4-5 days, and no new ‘bites’ have shown up. If any do, they want me to immediately come into the office to get them biopsied. I know that it feels like a bite, it looks like a bite, so its hard to believe that it couldn’t be a new one but a biopsy can’t lie. I’ve already thrown away so much, whats two more couches. I did have my house thermal treated after the chemicals failed, but the thermal will not remove the chemicals that the original PCO applied. I still think that I will have to deal with the mental aspect of all this but not having new bites for 4-5 days is a wonderful feeling. I hope this helps. You may want to see if a dermatologist can check your new bites as well.
I'm battling BB now. I have noticed that old bites take forever to go away and are itchy for months.
I haven't had any PCO chemical treatments yet. It will be happening soon. Waiting for the landlord to get back to me.
So, I'm wondering the same thing.......
I do believe old bites do flare up for some bites for some people for some of the time. Just as the allergic reaction varies from person to person, flare ups do the same for a variety of reasons. Take your pick - stress, a new bite, abrassive clothing, air pollution, etc.
...but its ok...bed bugs aren't a serious medical concern. My medical bills say otherwise!
When I had them a while back, I would actually use what you are describing to check for new bites. In other words, if I had an itch that I suspected was a bite, if I scratch it and then an old known bite got itchy again too, I let myself assume the new itch was in fact a bb bite. I always assumed the new itch reactivated the histimines in my body and made the old one itch again too. Never researched it though:)
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