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Can Bed Bugs Affect My Asthma?

Posted on March 7th, 2018 by Knockout Pest

those with asthma can suffer greatly if they have bed bugs

Nobody likes bed bugs — and most people are afraid of them (as they should be).

According to the latest research, these bugs can cause asthma attacks, allergic reactions, and anaphylaxis.

When bitten, a majority of people with bites will get red marks on their bodies. These bites usually itch and are extremely annoying.

The problem with bed bug bites — the effects are very different for individuals with asthma or allergies.

The Effects of Those Allergic to Bites

Individuals who are bitten by bed bugs can experience blisters, hives, redness, swelling, and intense itching.

Sometimes these allergens associated with bed bugs can become airborne — triggering asthma attacks. And while anaphylaxis is rare, it can occur in individuals who are extremely allergic to these bites. Anaphylaxis is a reaction that is life-threatening.

An individual may experience a tightness or swelling of the throat, hives and difficulty breathing properly.

The Source of the Reaction

There have been many cases where the individual bitten does not realize they are experiencing a reaction. They will disregard their symptoms as being caused by bites from horse flies or fleas.

Therefore, anyone diagnosed with asthma or allergies that is currently suffering from a skin irritation of unknown origin, should contact their physician or allergist.

If the diagnoses is an allergic reaction from bed bug bites, a reputable pest control company should be contacted immediately.

Individuals with asthma or allergies should be aware that their bites may start to become unbearably itchy. When these bites are scratched it can oftentimes lead to an infection.

These bites are treatable with either corticosteroid cream or antihistamines. If ignored, asthma flare-ups are not uncommon for an individual suffering from numerous bites.

The Solution

The only way to completely eliminate bed bug infestations (and their associated medical risks) is to call a highly reputable pest control company.

At Knockout Pest Control we take the issue of bed bugs very seriously. You give us a call, and we’ll be over before you know it!

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