If bedbugs have an upside, it is that they don’t transmit disease and typically don’t pose a medical threat. In most cases people experienced itchy bite marks that could be treated with over-the-counter creams and antihistamine pills. But there is still a small risk of developing some medical problems that could require treatment.
warns that excessively scratching the bites can cause a secondary skin infection. Some people also develop an allergic reaction to the bites and have to seek medical treatment. It’s rare, but these allergic reactions can be severe.
The treatments can also lead to health problems. Between 2003 and 2010, the CDC
found at least 111 cases of people who got sick from insecticides used to treat bedbugs. There was one reported death from excessive insecticide use, a 65-year-old woman in North Carolina with a history of health problems. All other reported cases were mild in nature.
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