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Bed Bugs, When to See a Dermatologist

Hello! My name is Matthew Reedy, and I’m a Doctor here at Trillium Creek Dermatology.  I have the pleasure of discussing everyone’s favorite topic, Bed Bugs. 

Have you ever worried about bringing bed bugs home from vacation or wondered where you got the itchy bites on your leg from? 

Today I’ll be reviewing some information about  bed bugs, how to check for them, along with how we at Trillium Creek Dermatology can help treat your bed bug bites.

What do bed bug bites look like? When bed bugs bite, you often see very discrete pink or red papules or bumps. Oftentimes, these are grouped with a few bites that form a linear or straight line pattern. We jokingly refer to this pattern as the breakfast, lunch, and dinner pattern. 

How to check for them? A full skin exam can be completed to look for suspicion lesions.You can also look for physical signs of bed bugs in the home. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying in a hotel look for:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
  • Tiny dark spots may also be seen on the fabric
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm)  pale yellow dots can be a sign
  • And finally, live bed bugs can rarely be seen

When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.

How can your dermatologist help you? Your dermatologist can help by checking your skin to confirm if your spots in fact appear consistent with bed bug bites. We can treat you with topical or oral medications to ease your itching. A skin biopsy can be performed if needed at times to confirm the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the ultimate treatment is having an exterminator treat your home and eradicate the infestation.  

Once again, I’m Dr. Matt Reedy with Trillium Creek Dermatology. Thank you for listening to this week’s blog on Bed Bugs and how a dermatologist can help you. 

If you would like additional information or a copy of this Podcast, visit TCOhio.com/Blog. To schedule an appointment, call us at 330.725.0569 or schedule online. Thank you!