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Bedbug Bites Overview

What is are bedbug bites?
Bedbugs are a reddish-brown insect that is no more than about 0.5 cm in length. Bedbugs do not spread disease to humans, but can cause bites that appear as itchy, red bumps in the skin. Some people may have more of an allergic reaction to the bites causing a rash that looks like hives.

What are the symptoms of bedbug bites?
Common symptoms of bedbug bites include red spots that may appear like hives.

How does the doctor treat bedbug bites?
Treatment for bedbug bites includes skin cleansing, cold compresses, oral antihistamines, and topical corticosteroids.

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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