Apart from the itchiness and discomfort caused by bed bug bites, the small, brown parasites can also present serious health concerns. They may cause allergic reactions, infections, and lack of sleep. Worst is the mental health impacts for those living in infected homes.
Below is a post detailing bed bugs’ detrimental effects on your health and well-being. We have also outlined some of the best ways of relieving the discomfort caused.
Here are some of the health risks of bed bug infestation:
Infections from Scratches
Even though bed bugs do not cause or spread any pathogens, the irritation may cause secondary infections. How? With the itchy bites, the chances are high that one would be scratching on the areas. Too much or continuous scratching may lead to open wounds, opening ways for germs and bacteria into the body, causing other infections.
Also, suppose the wound is left untreated, you may experience expanding redness, tender bumps, and sometimes increased swelling that leads to a strong urge for severe scratching. That increases your chances of more infections like cellulitis and boils. So, ensure you frequently monitor your home and especially your bed to ensure they are not infested.
Allergies from the Bites
People may have different reactions to bed bug bites. To some, the responses may be more damaging, while others would experience mild reactions, to nothing at all. The reactions would be severe on those hypersensitive to insect stings and bites and they may end up in anaphylactic shock.
Anaphylactic shock isoften a life-threatening condition that tightens the chest and throat and demands immediate medical attention. Therefore, you must seek a professional bed bug removal company to help disinfect your home.
Being nocturnal pests, beg bugs always thrive at night. So, if your home is infested, the chances are high that you’ll be spending a better part of your nights scratching the never-ending itch or buried in thoughts of crawlingbugs.
The irritation and sleepless nights may lead to insomnia, a sleep deprivation linked to several health issues, including loss of appetite, lack of concentration, and poor work performance.Loss of sleep also increases one’s chances of causing accidents and may even cause impaired thinking, among other health conditions.
Stress and Anxiety
One of the most dangerous effects of living in a bedbug-infested home is emotional stress and anxiety. The feeling of heading back or staying around bed bugs, thinking of the constant night bites, and recurring damages on the bed sheets can be very stressful.
Another emotionally damaging effect could be having a crawling bed bug in your workplace and the frustration that comes when colleagues have to remove it off your clothes. That may damage your appearance and cause constant worries.
The emotional anxiety could then lead to certain unhealthy behaviors. Some would want to take too much alcohol and abuse other hard drugs to help them sleep and not feel the bites.
In addition to these health effects, having a bed bug-infected home would lead to social stigmatization. People would stop coming over to your place to avoid bringing back bed bugs to their homes.
Make sure to contact a professional Nashville exterminator to help in getting rid of bed bugs infestation that may cause you unnecessary health effects.