Do you know what happens when bed bug bites? During feeding, these creatures use two hollow tubes on their heads to do two different things simultaneously, ONE: blood sucking and TWO: injecting their saliva which contains *anticoagulants and * anesthetic into the skin of their host. Therefore, they might not result in immediate pain or discomfort until sometime later and even make a person feel numb all over. The blood filling their bodies sucked from the hosts could easily be seen then as they have translucent bodies.

A person will become more and more sensitive to the saliva if repeatedly exposed to them over time. This means that if a person is bitten again and again, later on he or she might develop an allergy and the intensity of the allergic reaction varies depending on the person. Some says that you might even feel hard to breathe. If you know that you’re allergic to this kind of pests, you should especially take good care of your dwellings and yourself at home and when traveling.

You will also find wounds or lesions similar to those of other blood sucking insects like fleas and mosquitoes making them sometimes hard to differentiate and recognized. They may also appear in many places on the body and might have a pattern-like presentation due to probable disturbances experienced during feeding. Some people say that a bite will not only cause a wound but also swells. In case you’re in doubt of what’s troubling you all night or unable to identify the problem yourself, refer a trained physician for help.

And these wounds are of course very very itchy, urging you to scratch. But help control yourself from spreading the problem to other areas with proper check up and treatment as soon as possible. You don’t want to let them enjoy another night having you as their meal and increasing your plight.

Some terms you might want to know:

  1. Anticoagulant(s): noun, medicine a drug or other substance that prevents or slows the clotting of blood, used to prevent the formation of blood clots, or to break up existing clots, eg in the treatment of thrombosis. adj having or relating to this kind of effect.
  2. Anesthetic: noun any agent, especially a drug, capable of producing anesthesia which is a reversible loss of sensation in all or part of the body, usually induced by drugs which may be inhaled or injected intravenously, but sometimes induced by acupuncture or hypnosis. Could also be caused by disease or injury.