How to Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Home

Bringing Home Bed Bugs

By Dr. Sandy
Sep 17, 2007

Reader Question: I just got back from vacation and I think I brought bedbugs back with me. Can they make me sick, or are they just annoying? And what can I do to get rid of them?

On Call Response: Bedbug infestation seems to be on the rise. Fortunately, these creepy critters don't generally spread disease—but their bites do cause itchy and irritated clusters of bumps and hives (and occasionally pus-filled blisters). OTC antihistamines, topical steroid creams and antibiotic ointments will usually alleviate these symptoms; in some severe cases, a prescription oral antibiotic may be needed.

To eliminate the bedbugs for good, call an exterminator. It's also a good idea to wash your sheets at least once a week in hot water. The next time you return from a trip, inspect your suitcases to see if any of these bloodsuckers have hitched a ride before bringing your luggage back into the house (bedbugs are reddish-brown, have six legs and are about half a centimeter long).

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