Patient Comments: Bedbugs - Symptoms and Signs

What symptoms and signs did you experience with bedbug bites?

Comment from: johngo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I have been experiencing itching in a few different places on arms and legs. The itching is always those same few areas and it itches like crazy and won't stop for a couple of hours. But when I check out the itchy areas I don't see anything but a little redness where ive been scratching. It's been consistently in the same areas and I just found out someone I know has bedbugs and I have sat on their couch! I hope I am wrong but ive never had this kind of itching experience before.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: slhall61, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My first symptoms of bedbugs were rashes that got worse as the day wore on, small and large red raised lumps, (some looked like mosquito bites, some like hives, and some like allergic patches) up to 3x4 inch areas. And the itched like crazy for days! (Up to 10 days each.)

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: bb1985, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

My initial sign was odd bites on my neck, then noticed the trail of blood on my tile floor from my bed post to under the baseboard on the wall facing the apartment they originated in. People say they are harmless and just an annoyance, but they are mentally damaging, and scar your body from the bites. I still have scars over a year later from them. And had to be on steroid and anti-itch creams for a good while. I can't travel for fear of being in a hotel room at night, where they are often found the most. It has scarred me in many ways.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Puddin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had small bites on stomach feet lower leg. Bedbug bites on stomach around the waist and front of stomach and bites on feet and ankles. There was awful itching.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: veryannoyed, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

We just moved into this house a couple of months ago, and my mom wanted to keep this nice looking couch that was in here, and the beds that the last people who lived here left. We have 4 cats and a dog, so when the 'bumps' started appearing, we assumed it was fleas. Well, lo and behold, it is bed bugs.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Dream, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 12

There was three children in the bed but only one child was severely bitten by bedbugs. The other children had one or two bites or none at all.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: omgbbs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I just found a bed bug on my sofa. I started getting what I thought were mosquito bites in January. My kids and I were covered in bites. They look and feel just like mosquito bites, so I really didn't even think that it could be bed bugs. I did find a mosquito in my living room last week and I was able to kill it. So I thought all the bites were over. Well, they weren't. I looked up on line info on bed bugs and I checked all my furniture and beds and I didn't see a thing. So I thought maybe it's another mosquito. It wasn't a mosquito. I think I know where they came from too. I have been living here for 5 yrs and never had any problems with bugs. My step son comes over every other weekend and he was complaining of "spider" bites he was getting at home. This was after he got a new bed, which I think his mom got as a hand me down. I bet that is where they came from. I am so freaking upset. They just gross me out.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Bedbugs - Treatments Question: Were you able to effectively treat and rid your home of bedbugs?
Bedbugs - In Hotels Question: Please describe your experience with bedbugs in hotels.
Bedbugs - Prevention Question: How have you prevented bedbug infestations from recurring in your home?
Bedbugs - Identification Question: Have you seen actual bedbugs? If so, please describe them, along with your experience at home or at a hotel.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors