The dreaded word all parents of daycare and school-aged children never want to hear: LICE. Millions of people each year get lice, and one of the most common places it happens is school. Let’s face it, all the people your children come into contact with on a daily basis makes it very hard to control whether or not they get lice or not. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “It is believed that about 6 to 12 million children between 3 and 12 years of age get head lice each year.”
For whatever the reason many people try to avoid going to the doctor, no matter the specialty. We get it, it’s not at the top of your list of things you want to do, but there are some cases in which it is necessary to visit the doctor. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases”.
So when exactly should you be seeing the dermatologist? We’ve included some circumstances of when it would be in your best interest to seek the professional help of a dermatologist.
What are bedbugs?
Bedbugs are very small, fat, reddish-brown insects that feed on human and animal blood. They are the size of an apple seed. The average length of a bedbug is four to five millimeters. Bedbugs are mostly active at night. A female bedbug can lay up to five eggs in one day. These eggs take about 5 weeks to hatch. The average bedbug can live eighteen months without feeding. Bedbugs do not fly – they move very quickly across walls, floors and ceilings.
Signs of Bedbug Infestation
Bedbugs like to live in beds, on pets, and in furniture but they can be found in other areas of a home.
The following are common signs of bedbugs:
- Small reddish brown fecal on bed and walls.
- Bite marks on your body.
- Casing or shedded skin.
- Blood stains.
Getting Rid of Bedbugs
If you suspect that bedbugs have invaded your home, you should do the following to get rid of them:
- Launder clothes with hot water and dry on hot settings. Dry clean if needed.
- Vacuum you entire home. Vacuuming will remove bedbugs from walls, furniture and other surfaces.
- Repair or replace cracked and open holes to eliminate bedbug sites.
- Hire the professional. An exterminator may be expensive but very effective.
- Use a plastic cover over the bed and box springs.
A bedbug bite is very itchy and looks like red bumps. The bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites. To reduce swelling and itching, follow these steps:
- Wash the bite with soap and water.
- Apply corticosteroid cream.
- Use baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the bites for at least an hour.
Still Itchy? Contact Us Today!
For some people, the above steps may not be enough to reduce the itchiness associated with bedbug bites. If you are experiencing redness, soreness, swelling, or extreme itchiness, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating adverse reactions to insect bites and other skin conditions. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.