There are many myths surrounding bed bugs and the risk they can pose to your health.
Some people believe that bed bugs carry diseases and can pass them onto humans, similar to ticks and other insects. However, this is untrue and a bed bug bite does not transmit any diseases.
However, some side effects can pose a danger to your health.
1. Allergic reactions
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to a bed bug bite. It’s possible to have an anaphylactic reaction where the human immune system reacts by releasing chemicals into the body. This causes other issues such as a sudden drop in blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing.
An anaphylactic shock is perhaps the most serious issue that can arise with bed bugs. Therefore, emergency treatment is necessary to prevent the matter from becoming life-threatening.
Furthermore, you may develop a rash that needs medical treatment; therefore, it’s important not to scratch it.
A bed bug bite could lead to an infection, particularly if you scratch the area too frequently, where germs can proliferate. Infections like streptococcus can occur, and you will need medical treatment to prevent matters from getting worse.
3. Sleep deprivation
It’s important to get enough hours of sleep at night to be in optimal health. A bed bug infestation is likely to disrupt your sleep and over time will impact your daily energy levels. It could also lead to depression, anxiety, or memory problems.
4. Mental and emotional stress
In addition to sleep deprivation, the emotional and mental strain of having to deal with an infestation will impact your health. Your efforts to remove bed bugs via DIY methods may lead to a sense of failure, as many techniques aren’t very effective at removing them completely. Hence the reason you should call an expert as soon as possible.
5. Breathing problems
It’s not uncommon for people to experience breathing issues when bed bugs are present. Bed bugs shed their skin, leaving behind debris in the air which contributes to poorer air quality. This is especially true if you don’t have adequate ventilation, and regular mattress cleaning can help mitigate these concerns.
6. Weakened immune system
Your immune system replenishes itself during your sleep. If bed bugs are interrupting your sleep, it’s bound to affect your immune system sooner or later. A weakened immune system makes you more susceptible to other illnesses.
Although this is rare for bed bugs to cause such a condition, it can happen. Anemia happens due to a lack of iron and a person’s red blood cells and haemoglobin count are too low. For this to occur, you must sustain many bites that normally occur in serious infestations.
Bed bugs can certainly cause problems, most of which can be avoided by treating an infestation as quickly as possible.