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Bedbugs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome

Bedbugs Diagnosis, Treatment | Austin TX DermatologyBedbug bites can result in itchy welts on the skin, and cause discomfort and anxiety to a person. Bedbug bites must not be confused with common skin conditions such as itchy rashes, and appropriate skin care should be sought. Bedbug bites are not a serious dermatology condition, but it is important to diagnose the condition correctly and follow an appropriate treatment.

Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including effective solutions for cases of bedbug bites. Patients in Austin, TX and surrounding areas may receive various aesthetic and medical skin treatments from Dr. Zimmet.

Signs of Bedbugs

The only way to stop or prevent bedbug bites is to identify the infestation of bedbugs and find ways to get rid of it. To determine the presence of bedbugs, the following signs should be noted:

Odor

If a sweet, musty odor is noticed in the sleeping area, it may be an indication of a heavy infestation of bedbugs in the room.

Specks of blood

If tiny specks of blood are noticed on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, particularly near the seams, it may be a sign of bedbug infestation.

Shell-like Remains

Bedbugs will shed their outer shell, which can be found in mattresses, mattress pads, or below couch cushions.

Excrement

Tiny, blackish specks found in the furnishings, headboard, bedding or below the couch cushions could actually be bedbug excrement.

Eggs

Female bedbugs lay white, oval eggs typically in cracks and crevices in the room.

If the patient notices several bites on the skin, or has a bit that appears infected, it may be a spectacular idea to see an experienced dermatology expert. Professional skin care may be necessary to ensure that the infection does not worsen, and the patient’s comfort is restored. Dr. Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing effective treatments for bedbug bites to patients in Austin, TX and nearby areas.

Treatment

A dermatologist is the right person to treat the condition, if the person suffers from multiple bedbug bits, skin infection with the affected area feeling tender or showing an ooze discharge, allergic skin reaction, or blisters.

Allergic Reaction

In case of an acute allergic reaction, the dermatologist may provide an injection of an antihistamine, corticosteroid, or epinephrine (adrenaline) for a severe allergic reaction.

Infection

An antibiotic treatment may be necessary to eliminate the infection. For mild infections, just an antiseptic treatment may suffice. Sometimes the skin care expert may recommend an antiseptic just for prevention against infection.

Itching

If the patient complains of persistent itching, the dermatologist may prescribe an antihistamine pill or liquid. Corticosteroid cream or lotion may also be applied directly over the affected area of the skin. The patient should resist scratching the skin, even if the bedbug bite is intensely itchy because it can cause a skin infection.

In most cases, with appropriate treatment, the bedbug bites will heal and disappear within one to two weeks. The medications prescribed by the dermatologist should be followed diligently to ensure a complete cure.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at 512-402-6694.

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