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Is this fecal? Bug bites on the face?

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  1. peppy

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Dec 23 2010 14:04:54
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    This morning I noticed two marks on my face that had not been there the previous day. Both were raised pinkish bumps with a red dot in the center--one mark was on my chin and the other on my cheek. I don't think that pimples act in this way, so I started to panic that it was insect bites.

    I inspected my bed and found a mark on my pillow. Does anyone have any idea if this is fecal? This photo was taken before I did anything to the mark. After I took the photo I put hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip and rubbed it on the mark. Eventually, the mark disappeared, but none ended up on the q-tip. It was so small that it was difficult to tell if there was a reaction, but I think there may have been a small one.

    I have included a photo of the mark on my pillow as well as a close up of each mark on my face (super zoomed in). I know bites are not something we use to rely on to determine there are bed bugs, but I figured it couldn't hurt to include them.

    Mark on pillow: http://s1035.photobucket.com/albums/a431/peppy815/?action=view&current=DSC06830.jpg

    Marks on face:
    http://s1035.photobucket.com/albums/a431/peppy815/?action=view&current=DSC06830.jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs1035.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa431%2Fpeppy815%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3DDSC06836.jpg

    http://s1035.photobucket.com/albums/a431/peppy815/?action=view&current=DSC06830.jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs1035.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa431%2Fpeppy815%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3DDSC06836.jpg

    I would appreciate any thoughts on these. Thanks!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Dec 23 2010 15:32:02
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    This does not look like a fecal stain to me.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Dec 23 2010 16:02:34
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    Thanks KQ. I guess I should have asked an additional question. Is it possible that if I were bitten on my face, I would have bled onto my pillow? Or does it not work that way?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Dec 23 2010 20:09:07
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    It is very unusual to bleed from the bite as a direct result of the puncture wound. If the bites become itchy and you scratch at them you can cause them to bleed but you would presumably be aware of this if the bites were on your face.

    I agree with KQ, they don't look like fecal to me either.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Dec 24 2010 9:41:04
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    Hi,

    I agree with KQ and RN on this one, its not faecal related, wrong colour and texture.

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    Tue Dec 28 2010 20:37:03
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    What are the aforementioned blood spots then that people always refer to on bedding? Aren't these separate from fecal matter??
    I ask because I keep finding blood spots on the pillow case. The other day a row of four blood spots, spaced fairly well apart and the same size appeared on my other half's pillow case. There was slight smudging to each dot as if some dragging was involved. I imagine he was moving against the pillow when this happened. And today I found another spot but a bit different, about 1/4" wide, more like a stain or spot that had soaked into the fabric and didn't bleed through to the pillow.
    Have been under the impression that we sometimes bleed during the bite process and this is where the blood spots come from.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Dec 29 2010 15:28:17
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    Victimized--I have read here that the blood spots that sometimes show up result when we unknowing squash a bug. It forces the blood out, without kiling the bug. But I have found at least one small blood stain in a place where I couldn't have possibly squashed it--low on the side of the mattress long ago. I have seen a picture resembly such a small blood stain on David Cain's site. How this happens, I don't know. I suppose an over-fed bug might lose some of it on the way back to harborage.

    I have also read here that bites rarely bleed. But they do sometimes. I got one on the side of my arm that was bleeding a little. And another that looked like it had bled and dried.

    I suppose just about anything can happen. Nothing seems to be carved in stone with these damn bugs.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Dec 29 2010 15:36:27
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    And I should add that I didn't make it bleed by scratching. I seldom itch anymore, and never scratch on the rare occasions when I do. I just wait it out.


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