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Are these bed bug bites?

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  1. Tadisbak

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Jul 25 2008 15:36:30
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    Long story short, I woke up with these over my hands and arms (and legs thereafter) about two days ago. I go to the doctor and he doesn't know what they are, but prescribes a corticosteroid cream. They itch from time to time, but I just apply the cream.

    Also, about a month or so ago, I woke up with welts all over my stomach and back, but they soon vanished (no more than an hour later). Could this be a related case? The bites look totally different from the mosquito-bite sized welts.

    And lastly, how long does it take for the bite to go down? My hands and arms look like a Nestle crunch bar.

    All help welcome and appreciated.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Jul 25 2008 15:43:23
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    Hey there, poor you, sounds awful. It seems like everybody reacts differently and in my own case I have had some small bites, which hardly bother me at all to my current giant itchy welts on my ankles that have been driving me nuts all day, where I think they got disturbed so they are merged bites. It IS possible that you haven't been bitten by bed bugs though - have you seen any evidence of them? Have you tried to do a thorough search with a flashlight - see the FAQs bit, it's very helpful.
    Most of my bites are feeling better after about 3 days, but they leave a very dark mark (my skin is very pale) - not sure how long those will take to fade - I am sure they will go over the next month.

  3. Tadisbak

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    I haven't done any investigation, but I suspect them. I'm afraid of discovering them in a way.

    I do think my trip to a rinky-dink Florida hotel (Knight's Inn) a few weeks ago may be related as well. (Maybe a different bedbug?)

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Jul 25 2008 21:02:01
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    I remember reading somewhere (wish i could remember) where a person was bitten by bed bugs and got two different reactions on his body. If I remember correctly his legs had mosquito-like bite marks whereas his arms had tiny red-dot-like marks. I am not sure how he confirmed both sets of bites were both from bed bugs. If I can remember where I read the article, I will post the link.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Sat Jul 26 2008 19:57:22
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    Typically, how long do the bumps last?

  6. Bites44

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Sun Jul 27 2008 10:59:16
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    It seems to me my bites have changed over the months.
    At first they were only small pin pricks on the arms, about 30 or more. I am 100% sure these are BB, as I did see some bugs in my bed and bedroom.
    These small pin pricks did not itch, and the marks are still there, after 8 months, but are now fading. I believe the marks can last a long time.

    Later I got welts on my jaw line and forehead. These itched only a little for a few hours, and faded quite quickly (within 3 days.)

    Also I have gotten bites on the palms of my hands, these are definitely bites of some kind, as the pin prick is surrounded by a whiteish welt. They itch for a few hours, but are still noticeable after several weeks.

    From all the response on this forum, it appears to me that bites differ for everyone
    --Some itch, some do not-- some are tiny pricks, some are huges and itchy--some become infected. I find it good to know the different responses from members.

    Then of course we cannot forget that so many people do not have a reaction at all and do not know they have been bitten.

  7. Tadisbak

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Slowly but surely they're going down.

    Thanks for all the help.


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