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What To Do If Bitten By Bed Bugs
People mistakenly assume that if they keep their homes clean and only stay at the best hotels and resorts they will not encounter bed bugs. Personal hygiene and the cleanliness of your surroundings have nothing to do with increasing or minimizing your likelihood of being the victim of bed bug bites. The truth is that bed bugs are found in all 50 states, and infestations have been reported in some of the top-rated hotels and resorts.
Even if you are diligent about inspecting your surroundings for signs of a bed bug infestation, you could still be at risk. The tiny, parasitic insects are known for their ability to move from one location to the next simply by hitching a ride on your clothing or luggage. The odds are in favor of you becoming a bed bug bite victim, so it is a good idea to know what to do if you are bitten by them.
Watch out for symptoms of bed bug bites
Bed bugs usually do most of their damage when they feed on your blood while you are asleep. When you wake up, the first thing you might notice is an intense desire to scratch in order to relieve the itchiness associated with bed bug bites. You might also see red marks on your skin in an irregular, usually zig-zag shaped, pattern that could be on any part of your body.
Unlike mosquitos and other insects that inflict bites on exposed areas of your body, bed bug bites can be anywhere from head to toe. While other insects might inflict a couple of bites, an infestation of bed bugs will leave you covered by numerous bite marks.
Get medical treatment as soon as possible
The bites inflicted by bed bugs have not been known to transmit diseases, but that does not mean that victims will not require medical attention. The scratching caused by the itchiness of the bites can lead to skin infections and permanent scarring.
Medical treatment might include the application of cortisone cream to relieve the itchy sensation and stop the urge to scratch. Doctors might also prescribe oral antihistamines along with the cortisone cream to help alleviate the itchiness. Antibiotic creams or oral medications might be prescribed in cases in which a patient has developed an infection from the bed bug bites.
Some people may develop an allergic reaction to bed bug bites that could be life threatening. Symptoms might include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Swelling at the bite areas
- Difficulty swallowing due to swelling of the tongue
The medical treatment associated with bed bug bites might not end with the initial visit to the doctor or to the emergency department at a hospital. Future treatment, including cosmetic surgery, might be required for scarring that could have been caused by the bites or by scratching at them.
What you should do after receiving medical treatment for bed bugs
If you are staying at a hotel or at a resort, you should report the bed bug infestation immediately to the owner or manager. Tenants who discover a bed bug infestation in the home or apartment they are renting should notify their landlord about the infestation so professional exterminators can be brought in to inspect and treat the infestation.
No matter where the infestation occurs, you should arrange to have you clothing, luggage, backpacks and other personal items professionally treated to eliminate any bed bugs that might be present. This will prevent the transfer of the insects to another location.
Contacting an attorney for legal advice and guidance
A property owner could be liable to pay compensation to you for the personal injuries and other damages you suffer as a result of being the victim of a bed bug infestation. The bed bug attorneys at The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. can help you to understand your rights as a bed bug bite victim. If the facts of your case show that you are entitled to file a claim for damages, our team of hardworking attorneys do not stop until you receive the compensation your deserve.
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