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Video:How to Identify a Bed Bug Bite

with Mark Casey

Bed bug bites have a distinct pattern; Before you can treat bed bug bite, you have to be sure you can identify the bite correctly.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Identify a Bed Bug Bite

Hi, I'm Mark Casey for About.com, and today we're talking about how to identify a bed bug bite.

When staying in a hotel or any strange bed, there is always the potential for being bitten by bed bugs. But how can you know if you wake up with a bite whether it was a bed bug or something more common, like a mosquito?

Recognize a Bed Bug Bite

Bed bugs are slightly smaller than a tick, with similar body shape. They don't work in quite the same way, though, and you'll almost never find just one bite.Bed bug bites come in groups of small, red, raised bumps, usually of three. It's easy to remember if you think of this pattern as "breakfast, lunch and dinner." These bites most often appear in a distinct straight line, and usually on exposed areas of your body.

Check for Bed Bugs

If your bites fit this description, check your bed and mattress immediately to try to find evidence of bed bugs, such a tiny brown or red spots from blood, or the bugs themselves.Again, you're looking for a small, oval bug between the size of a flea and a tick. They like to hide in the corners of your mattress, in the seams and folds in the fabric. Sometimes, your bed bug bites will be more widespread, indicating a more serious infestation.

Treat Bed Bug Bites

Many people have allergic reactions, creating large, splotchy, irritated areas of the skin. If your bites are itchy, bleeding, or widespread, a number of products can alleviate those symptoms. Neosporin Plus Pain relief can help painful bites, while regular Neosporin can simply help stop the itching, prevent infection and heal the bites.

A hydrocortisone or antihistamine cream are also fast-acting solutions to stopping itchy areas. These can come in over the counter or prescription versions.Simply locate the affected area of your skin, and apply the appropriate ointment directly and thoroughly. Thanks for watching. For more, go to About.com

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