I have been getting bitten by some kind of bug in my apartment. Not sure if it's bed bugs, or dust mites. Have just kind of been dealing with them because I can't afford an exterminator, and my lease will be up soon. I sleep on an air mattress that is fairly close to the carpeted floor. I mostly notice them on my face and back. They are pimple like, itchy, pus filled sometimes, and usually have a small dot in the middle where you can see the puncture. Usually, there is one or two at a time, but always in a line. But now, I've noticed them in "other places" and I am nervous.

I fell asleep naked one day last week. A couple days later, I noticed pain & slight itching on the mucous membrane, right interior of my vulva, and I now have a line of "bites" in the same location. The bites marks always show up a couple days later. They mimic the bites that I have been getting. At first, they were painful, inflammed, and hurt to touch. I have been treating the irritation with hot baths with Epsom salt, triple antibiotic ointment, and ice packs. They have been getting better, even though it has been hard to lessen the irritation completely due to normal activities like walking, urination, normal vaginal discharge, etc. I have tried to keep them as clean as possible.

I noticed that my right lymph node in my groin is swollen a few days later, and I have recently started showing flu symptoms. I am in a serious, monogamous relationship, and my boyfriend has even noticed bites on his body & face sometimes when he sleeps over. He does not have any of the symptoms I am having in his groin. I am sure that this is not a sexually transmitted disease.

Could one of these mystery bugs crawled through my privates? Could I have some kind of bacterial skin infection? I read the symptoms of genital herpes and it doesn't seem to be that because they are nowhere else. I don't have discharge or irritation anywhere else. The marks don't look like the images I searched. This has never happened to me before. Please help.
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replied December 13th, 2013
Welcome to ehealthforum,
It is difficult to comment on the exact cause for lesions that you describe without examining them to determine other characteristics to come to a diagnosis. Consider getting these examined by your doctor or a dermatologist and get started on treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and evaluation results) to help you control the symptoms. Consider dusting the carpet as well as your mattress. Keep mattress in sun and use it to avoid insect bite. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/dermatologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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replied February 8th, 2014
Check your blood sugar, if it's low you are susceptible to mite attack and also when it's too high, so a normal diet and check sugar level from time time and within a couple weeks
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