What's eating me?
December 28, 2012 6:15 AM Subscribe
Bugs are biting me in my home and I don't know what they are because I can't find them.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been getting a lot of bug bites lately, mostly at home, and especially in bed. Two to four nights a week I'll get several new bites in bed, almost always on the back, arms, ankles / upper feet. Occasionally I'll get a bite or two when I'm out of bed or out of the house, so I assume bugs are riding along in my clothes. About once a week, I'll have a severe reaction to the bites, causing large swellings that itch painfully for days. This only happens with bed bites, never with the others. The rest of the bites lead to small hard lumps that itch for a few hours but remain bumpy for a few days with very little itching.
I have a dog, and he has brought home fleas in the past, and he's not currently on any anti-flea treatment. But I haven't seen any fleas. Bedbugs seem like an obvious possibility, here in Major Northeastern City, but I haven't seen any of them either. In fact, I haven't seen any bugs of any kind (except for the occasional little spider in the window) for months. Oh yeah, and those creepy little house centipedes now and then. But I'm pretty sure I'd notice if those were crawling on me. It's not mosquito season, and mosquitoes are generally audible and don't bite under the bedclothes.
More than once a week I wake myself up in the middle of the night and inspect my sheets and various nooks and crannies of the bed with a flashlight. No bugs! I've checked in daylight too. No bugs. At least three times, soon after a bite, I've stripped myself naked in the bathtub and shaken out all my clothes, hoping to dislodge a bug into the tub. Nothing. I'm almost ready to put it down to delusional parasitosis, except the bumps are real.
My current top theory is fleas, because those guys are athletic and elusive, unlike bedbugs - but I really haven't seen any in a month or two of pretty intensive searching. What the heck is eating me?