Bed Bugs vs Fleas In House
Along with hot sunshine, ice creams and long days by the seaside, summer months brings a notably less welcome regular– insects! Thankfully, we really don’t have malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the UK, but we absolutely have our fair share of biting and nipping beasties. Read on to find out how to lower the torment.
Bed bugs and flea bites can trigger a small, itchy lump about 24 hours after you’re bitten, which fades after a few days. In some cases you can get a fluid-filled, highly itchy blister for a few hours before the lump appears.
A sting will usually cause a small area of redness and soreness almost straight away. Read on to find out what to do if you get more than this.
Bed bugs or Fleas in house Stings — what’s the big difference?
Let’s be very clear– bed bugs or fleas in house, they both hurt! But insect stings (caused by poison injected by wasps, bees and hornets as they sting) hurt immediately; you may not notice bites (from midges, gnats, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs and ticks) for some time. Reaction to bites is usually because of skin irritation from their saliva.
Allergic Reaction To Flea Bites Or Bed Bugs? Don’t panic!
It’s rare to be allergic to flea bites or bed bugs, but one person in 30 is allergic to the poison in an insect sting. Some individuals will get swelling and redness (possibly with blisters) just around the area of the skin. Swelling comes up quickly and varies in size– often several inches across. Keeping antihistamine tablets in your purse, and taking one as soon as you’re stung, will help.
Fleas in house are not dangerous, in desperate times people have endured bedbugs and fleas. What is dangerous is a small numbers of people who pick up more serious counteractions of after flea bites, including wide-spread itchy rash, swelling of the face, tummy cramps, fast heart rate, a light-headed feeling and choking or shortness of breath/wheeziness.
Bedbugs and flea bites can easily result in a medical emergency situation. If you have had this sort of reaction, talk to your doctor about getting an adrenaline injection to carry with you, and call an ambulance as soon as you’re stung.