Reported appearances of bed bugs on public transportation in the UK might have detrimental health implications, warns a London-based health reporter specializing in personal stories, breaking news, and nutrition, Diana Buntajova.
With recent reports of bed bug sightings on the London Underground, commuters are understandably feeling heightened levels of anxiety. London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, expressed serious concern about the possibility of these pesky insects on the city’s public transportation system. Alleged sightings of bed bugs have been reported on the Victoria Line and on trains in northern England.
The initial pest outbreak occurred in Paris a couple of weeks ago, and experts are attributing these alleged bed bug sightings in the UK to frequent travel between the French and English capitals. In addition to causing itchy bites, a doctor has cautioned that these tiny bugs could have adverse effects on your overall health.
Although bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, they do present several health risks, as outlined by Dr. Chun Tang, Medical Director and GP at Pall Mall Medical:
- Allergic reactions Some individuals may exhibit allergic reactions to bed bug bites, resulting in discomforting symptoms like redness, swelling, and intense itching at the bite sites. In rare instances, these allergic reactions can be more severe and necessitate medical attention.
- Secondary skin infections Scratching the bites from these reddish-brown insects can lead to open sores or skin abrasions, increasing the risk of bacterial infections.
Tang emphasized the importance of seeking medical treatment promptly if signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, or pus, develop.
- Anaemia Although rare, Dr. Tang explained that extended bed bug infestations in vulnerable populations, like the elderly or individuals with compromised immune systems, could result in a reduced red blood cell count. The repeated loss of blood from multiple bites could contribute to the development of this blood disorder.
- Disturbed sleep patterns Bed bugs predominantly target and feed on their hosts during the night while they are sleeping.
This implies that these bothersome insects could disturb your sleep, leading to episodes of fatigue the following day, as clarified by the doctor.
Due to these health concerns, the doctor emphasized the importance of addressing a bed bug infestation promptly and seeking assistance from a pest control professional.
Dr. Tang further noted: “Do not try to handle a bed bug infestation by yourself, as DIY methods are often ineffective and can exacerbate the issue.
If you suspect the presence of bed bugs, consult a pest control specialist for accurate diagnosis and treatment.”