Saturday, June 24, 2006

Bed Bugs

This 35 year-old man went to Mamaronek, New York to watch the New York Open Golf Championship last weekend. The closest motel room he could find was in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The latter is a city with a fairly poor reputation. Two days after returning home to Massachusetts he developed the lesions pictured here on arms and to a lesser extend on torso and legs.

They are consistent with bedbug bites (Cimex lenticularis). For a brief description go to: http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic600.htm

In November of 2005 a bedbug epidemic was reported in New York in the New York Times. I saw a couple of cases from there here in Williamstown, MA, 150 miles away. I suppose there's a similar problem in Bridgeport now.


1 comment:

  1. Nice photos. Bedbug bites do not usually require any treatment.But this case appears secodarelly infected. So apply local antiseptic lotion or antibiotic cream or ointment. Creams with corticosteroids and oral antihistamines advised.

    Thamir Alkubaisi,

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