Information for Health Professionals



Most bed bug bites are painless, but can later turn into itchy skin welts. Although bed bugs and their bites are a nuisance, they are not known to spread diseases.

  • Bed bug bites can be itchy and irritating. Most welts heal in a few days but in unusual cases, the welt may persist for several weeks. Usually an anti-itching ointment will help, but if bites become infected, people should see their doctor.
  • The anxiety about being bitten can lead to sleeplessness, which can affect one’s wellbeing. Properly and effectively responding to bed bugs helps to keep anxiety in check.
  • Some people become so desperate that that they use illegal or excessive amounts of pesticides that can lead to poisonings. The following resources provide advice about how to get rid of bed bugs safely.

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