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After a night in a hostel in Central America, I noticed about 10 bug bites on my hands and arms. The bites are small, only about the size of a mosquito bite. There are little scabs in the middle of of each one, no bigger around than a pin. The bites on my left hand are four in a row, about an inch long and spaced evenly apart. There is one on the inside of my arm near my elbow as well. On my right hand, there are three bites, two on one finger and one on the finger next to it. The last bite is also on the inside of my right arm. There are no bites on my torso or legs. The bites itch like mosquito bites. However, I have never had mosquito bites with scabs in the middle. So would it be bed bugs? Or something else?
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replied November 9th, 2017
Welcome to e health forum.

Most likely your history is suggestive of bed bug bites.

The first sign of bedbugs may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders.

Bedbugs tend to leave straight rows or a zigzag pattern of bites (often grouped together), unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there. But this is not always the case.

Managing a bed bug infestation is a difficult task that requires removing or treating all infested material and follow-up monitoring to ensure the infestation has been eliminated. Management will require employing several nonchemical methods such as vacuuming, washing bedding at a high temperature, using steam or heat treatment, and sealing up hiding places. Keep clutter down, so it is easier to inspect and so bed bugs have fewer hiding places. Also, seal up cracks, crevices, and holes in bedding, furniture, and other potential hiding sites. It is much easier to manage a bed bug infestation when the population is small.

Insecticides may be required to eliminate serious infestations. In extreme cases proper help from a pest management agency should be sought.

I hope this helps.



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