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Friday, December 4, 2009

Avoid Bedbugs Bite!

Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that feed on blood, mostly of humans. They range in color from almost white to deep brown when not eating and get dark or black, doubling in size after feeding.
Bedbug bites are painless, but their injected saliva can cause pruritus (itching) and skin reactions to some. The bite effects look like skin lesions which resembles mosquito bites or fleabites, commonly seen on the arms and legs and around the waist.
As treatments, it's good to be ready with topical emollients, corticosteroids, and oral antihistamines or combination of these.
Don't scratch as it may only make the itching worst and may lead to a secondary skin infection.
Because bedbugs don't live on their hosts, a person affected by it doesn't need to be isolated, but use standard precautions.
To avoid repeated bedbug attacks, launder bedding and other washable items in hot water and to use the clothes dryer on high heat for at least 5 minutes. Nonwashable items can be put in containers and frozen for several days to kill the bugs.