If you discover that you have bed bugs, it is likely that you or someone in your home has bed bug bites, which may cause you to need to see a doctor.
"For any patient that is presenting with symptoms of bed bug bites for several days, they should seek medical care for a full examination by a trained, licensed medical professional," Dr. Jones said. This can include a primary care doctor, an urgent care facility or a dermatologist.
Dr. Jones stated that there is no clinical test for the definitive diagnosis of bed bug bites, it is all based on history, appearance of the bites on examination, and the inspection of sleep quarters.
"If the suspicion is high and the physical characteristics are present along with the history, treating the bed bugs, includes caring for the bite and itch," Dr. Jones said.
Bed bug bites typically heal naturally, but Dr. Jones said her office prescribes or recommends a topical skin cream containing hydrocortisone or an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, or prescription strength medication. "This helps relieve the irritation and inflammation from the itch," she said.
Dr. Jones recommends keeping the skin clean and dry and try not to scratch the bites. "If a secondary skin infection develops from scratching, an antibiotic may need to be prescribed," she said.