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Last week, I was horrified to find dozens and dozens of very very tiny little bugs crawling all over my bed and nightstand when I went to get into bed. I walked away without touching anything and slept on the sofa for two nights. I washed sheets and comforters twice, wiped down everything in my room, and thought that would take care of things. I slept on the sofa one more night and seeing few or no bugs, my bed the next night. Well, I'm not sure when after this, but I now have tiny little bites-looking bumps all over my legs, stomach, and a few on my arms. The bugs are still there, only a few on my walls or sheets that I promptly kill upon discovery, but I have no idea what they are. They are gnat-sized, wingless, dark brown or dark gray, and too small to count the legs of. I've heard that simple skin-irritations may be what is on my legs and such, but I want to be positive if they are related to the bugs or not. Help is GREATLY appreciated!
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replied April 26th, 2011
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

By the description, it seems that you might have been bit by bed bugs.

You might benefit by icepacks and antihistamine medications (Benadryl) to control your symptoms.

In the mean time, steps to eradicate the house from bed bugs have to be taken.

1. Infested and infestation-prone bedding and garments will need to be bagged and laundered (120°F minimum) since these items cannot be treated with insecticides.

2. Another effective and efficient option is to place clothing, toys, shoes, backpacks, etc., in a clothes dryer set at medium to high heat for 10 to 20 minutes. This will kill all bed bug life stages and can be done alone or in conjunction with laundering.

3. Items which cannot be put in a washer or dryer can sometimes be de-infested by wrapping in plastic and placing them outdoors in a hot, sunny location, closed vehicle, etc. for at least a day.

I hope this helps.


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