It is the stuff of vacation nightmares. A person falls asleep in what they assume is a clean hotel bed in New Jersey. However, when they wake up the next morning, they find they are covered in itchy, inflamed bumps. Unfortunately, they have been bitten by bedbugs hidden in the hotel bed.
Some people bitten by bedbugs will go on to suffer serious symptoms, including: blisters, trouble breathing, tongue swelling, fever, nausea, and an irregular heartbeat. Bedbug bites can also result in other complications, including: infection, trouble sleeping due to anxiety, and decreased well-being due to insufficient sleep.
Unfortunately, there are not many ways to treat bedbug bites. Wounds should be washed with soapy water. Anti-itch ointments and antihistamines may also help. If a person has a severe allergic reaction, they may need to seek medical care. They may require epinephrine or an injection of a corticosteroid. If the wounds become infected, a person may need antibiotics.
Bedbugs can thrive even in sanitary conditions, so owners of hotels need to constantly check to ensure no infestations are present. Any infestations must be promptly and properly destroyed, even if this means burning infected items and purchasing new ones. If hotel owners fail to take these measures and guests are bitten by bedbugs on their premises, their guests will want to determine if they can pursue legal action against the hotel for failing to keep the premises free of bedbugs. If you have been injured by bedbugs, you may wish to contact an attorney to discuss your case.