Bed bug bites: Three signs you’ve had a severe reaction to bed bugs

Bed bugs are difficult to spot but the mere thought of having them is enough to make you shudder. That’s because the small reddish-brown parasitic insects bite the exposed skin of sleeping humans and animals to feed on their blood. The bites do not usually cause discomfort but a severe reaction to them can.

According to Mayo Clinic, signs of allergic reaction can include severe itching, blisters or hives.

“If you experience allergic reactions or severe skin reactions to bed bug bites, see your doctor for professional treatment,” advises the health body.

General symptoms

When bites show up, they will most likely appear as small red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters.

As pest control body Terminix explains, these bites can be mistaken for the bites of other insects, like mosquitoes.

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According to the NHS, things you can do include:

  • Put something cool, like a clean, damp cloth, on the affected area to help with the itching and any swelling
  • Keep the affected area clean
  • Avoid scratching the bites to avoid getting an infection.

You can ask a pharmacist about using a mild steroid cream like hydrocortisone cream to ease bedbug bites, says the health body.

A pharmacist may recommend antihistamines if the bites are very itchy and you’re unable to sleep, it adds.

How to tackle an infestation

Once your symptoms have been brought under control, you must tackle the underlying infestation.

According to Mayo Clinic, this can be difficult because bed bugs hide in inconspicuous places and can live several months without eating.

“Your best bet may be to hire a professional exterminator, who may use a combination of pesticides and non-chemical treatments,” advises the health body.

Non-chemical treatments may include:

  • Vacuuming – a thorough vacuuming of cracks and crevices can physically remove bed bugs from an area. Empty the vacuum after each use.
  • Laundering – washing and drying items in a dryer on a high setting will kill bed bugs in clothing or linens.
  • Freezing – bed bugs are also vulnerable to temperatures below 0 C, but you’d need to leave the items outdoors or in the freezer for several days.

As Mayo Clinic explains, some professional exterminators use portable devices to raise the temperature of a room to a lethal temperature.

All stages of bed bugs can be killed at 50 C, although, in some cases, you may have to throw out heavily infested items such as mattresses or couches, it adds.

According to the NHS, there are also some actions you must avoid to prevent an infestation rearing its ugly head.

The health body says to avoid keeping clutter around your bed and bringing secondhand furniture indoors without carefully checking it first.

“Do not take luggage or clothing indoors without checking it carefully if you have come from somewhere where you know there were bed bugs,” it adds.



Meghan Markle outrage: Meghan's emotional reaction to Prince Harry losing military titles

Harry wore his ceremonial uniform for the last time to the Mountbatten Festival of Music last March.

Harry’s sadness and Meghan’s alleged disappointment at the ‘difficult’ situation are relayed in Finding Freedom.

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “Harry’s lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.

“During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes; ‘I’m devastated that I am having to step down.’

“‘It was so unnecessary’, Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.”

“‘And it’s not just taking something away from him; it’s also that entire military veteran community. ‘You can see how much he means to them, too. So why?

“‘The powers [of the institution] are unfortunately greater than me.’

“Though the evening served as a poignant tribute to Britain’s Armed Forces, it also became a moment to thank the much-loved prince for his contributions to the military community.”



Coronavirus vaccine study ‘put on hold’ after ‘UK participant suffers adverse reaction’

A spokesperson for AstraZeneca said the company’s “standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data”.

It is unclear who had placed a temporaqry halt to the trial.

The spokesperson described the pause in as “a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials”.

They added the company is “working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline”.

AstraZeneca said in a statement: “As part of the ongoing, randomised, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process triggered a pause of vaccination to allow review of safety data.

“This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.

“In large trials, illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully.

“We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimise any potential impact on the trial timeline.

“We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our trials.”

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SNP 'real priorities' during coronavirus pandemic exposed with this reaction

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the Scottish First Minister’s announcement on introducing a new bill on Scottish independence “got the loudest applause of the afternoon” from SNP MSPs. He added: “That tells you all about their priorities.”

Ms Sturgeon has faced criticism for announcing her plans to rip Scotland from the Union in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the nation battles the invisible killer disease, the SNP leader used Brexit to desperately push her agenda, describing it as describing it as “an act of self-sabotage which we do not understand”.

The First Minister insisted Brexit “and the way in which it is being implemented” by the UK Government “immeasurably strengthens the case for Scotland becoming an independent country”.

She said Westminster’s failure to seek an extension to the transition period, forcing this to come to an end at the end of this year, is an “act of self-sabotage which we do not understand”.

She told MSPs a new draft Bill will be drawn up setting out the timing and terms for a new independence referendum, as well as the question to be asked to voters if it is given the green light by Westminster.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Nevertheless, Brexit demands that we work in partnership with business, the third and public sectors to make sure Scotland remains an attractive location for inward investment.

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He said Ms Sturgeon “just doesn’t get it” and “needs to leave the Holyrood bubble and get back into the real world, where people are fearful of losing their jobs”.

He tweeted: “The First Minister just doesn’t get it.

“We need to take Scotland forward and recover from this crisis together, not go back to the divisions of the past.”

Meanwhile Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray said the proposed draft Referendum Bill was a “reckless announcement” which shows the First Minister’s “top priority is to divide the people of Scotland”.

The Labour MP said: “All her focus should be on post-COVID recovery, not returning to the old politics of division that will harm Scotland’s society and economy.

“Re-opening the constitutional debate will do nothing to help our NHS recover from the pandemic, or help the children who have lost months of education, or help grow our economy.”



US election shock: Donald Trump expecting worrying reaction from China if he wins

Both Mr Trump and Joe Biden have ramped up their anti-Beijing rhetoric in the lead up to the the November 3 election. Now Gal Luft, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security in Washington, has said China’s leaders will be unhappy with both candidates winning. It comes after Republicans have voiced their concerns Mr Biden will be too soft on China.

Mr Luft argued neither Mr Biden or Mr Trump’s presidency would be a win for Beijing.

Mr Trump’s hardline stance and aggressive actions against Beijing have made him an obvious poor choice for China.

But Mr Luft has pointed out the Democrat nominee for president is unlikely to return to an engagement police with China due to recent clashes between Washington and Beijing.

This is because of negative perceptions of China across the US, and despite Mr Biden’s time as vice president seeing him forge closer relations with Beijing.

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Recent polling from the Pew Research Centre in July showed 73 percent of Americans hold unfavourable views of China.

But while Mr Biden will likely be firm on China, Mr Luft suggested the Democrat is the best choice out of two negatives for Beijing.

He added: “For Beijing the choice is between detente and war, and Biden is more likely to offer the former.”

Mr Luft added Mr Biden’s winning the presidency would be “an opportunity for the two sides to turn a new leaf, to revive the frank strategic dialogue and to dislodge US foreign policy from the China psychosis from which it has been suffering under Trump”.

It comes as foreign policy on China has become a central issue to the US election, after a series of crises including the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Trump skewered his Democrat rival for being weak on China at the final night of the Republican National Convention.

He said: “Joe Biden’s agenda is ‘Made in China’. My agenda is ‘Made in the USA’.”

Mr Biden, while only mentioning China once during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, has repeatedly condemned the incumbent president for being “weak” on China.

Experts have noted Mr Biden’s harder stance on China is surprising due to his previous links to it’s leader Xi Jinping.

Mr Biden was once described by Mr Xi as “my old friend”, and was an early supporter of an engagement policy between the US and China.

He was also one of the first US senators to visit China, and met the countries late leader Deng Xiaoping in April 1979.

Mr Biden told a Council on Foreign Relations Event in 2018 he had “spent more time in private meetings with Xi Jinping than any world leader”.

Robert Sutter, a professor of international affairs at George Washington University, called the Democrat candidates hardening on China “remarkable”.



Melania Trump: FLOTUS 'rolls her eyes' at Ivanka as 'frosty' reaction is caught on camera

Melania Trump was caught “rolling her eyes” at Ivanka Trump as the pair exchanged a “very frosty greeting” on the stage of the Republican National Convention on Thursday. The incredible moment was caught live on camera, as Melania’s smile quickly vanished when Ivanka was out of view. The fascinating video has already recorded more than seven million views online.

Ivanka, an influential White House adviser, introduced her father and US President Donald Trump along with his wife Melania during a speech at the event on Thursday evening.

After Ivanka shared the introductory remarks for her father’s speech, she shared a brief glance with Melania while walking across the stage.

The footage shows Melania responding to the First Daughter with a smile and a nod before rolling her eyes and making a sour expression.

Social media reaction was swift, commenting: “I see that Melania and Ivanka are getting along juuuuust fine.”

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One person said: “Melania doesn’t seem to like Ivanka.”

Another asked: “Did Melania just roll her eyes at Ivanka?”

Others added: “Makes you wonder what Ivanka whispered to Melania as she passed by.”

During his speech, President Trump formally accepted his party’s nomination to take on Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the November election as he brought the four-day convention to a close.

Melania’s former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff reportedly taped the First lady’s “harsh comments” about the US leader and the First Daughter.

These remarks will be disclosed in her tell-all book Melania & Me.

According to the book, the First Lady even plotted ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ to prevent Ivanka from appearing in Donald Trump’s inauguration photos.

Ms Wolkoff, a long-term friend of Melania Trump, “was recruited to help produce the 58th presidential inaugu­ration and to become the first lady’s trusted adviser”.



Melania Trump: FLOTUS 'rolls her eyes' at Ivanka as 'frosty' reaction is caught on camera

Melania Trump was caught “rolling her eyes” at Ivanka Trump as the pair exchanged a “very frosty greeting” on the stage of the Republican National Convention on Thursday. The incredible moment was caught live on camera, as Melania’s smile quickly vanished when Ivanka was out of view. The fascinating video has already recorded more than seven million views online.

Ivanka, an influential White House adviser, introduced her father and US President Donald Trump along with his wife Melania during a speech at the event on Thursday evening.

After Ivanka shared the introductory remarks for her father’s speech, she shared a brief glance with Melania while walking across the stage.

The footage shows Melania responding to the First Daughter with a smile and a nod before rolling her eyes and making a sour expression.

Social media reaction was swift, commenting: “I see that Melania and Ivanka are getting along juuuuust fine.”

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One person said: “Melania doesn’t seem to like Ivanka.”

Another asked: “Did Melania just roll her eyes at Ivanka?”

Others added: “Makes you wonder what Ivanka whispered to Melania as she passed by.”

During his speech, President Trump formally accepted his party’s nomination to take on Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the November election as he brought the four-day convention to a close.

Melania’s former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff reportedly taped the First lady’s “harsh comments” about the US leader and the First Daughter.

These remarks will be disclosed in her tell-all book Melania & Me.

According to the book, the First Lady even plotted ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ to prevent Ivanka from appearing in Donald Trump’s inauguration photos.

Ms Wolkoff, a long-term friend of Melania Trump, “was recruited to help produce the 58th presidential inaugu­ration and to become the first lady’s trusted adviser”.



Lucky dad wins Lottery after life-saving operation – and his reaction is brilliant

Thrilled Graham Forrester has gone from life-saving surgery to a life-changing fortune after winning a share of £180,000 on People’s Postcode Lottery.

The dad-of-five has recently been recovering at home following a heart bypass operation.

But that didn’t stop him jumping around the living room after being told of his £30,000 split of the windfall.

The 56-year-old said: “I was in the house with my son Lloyd, who is disabled and non-verbal, and I was jumping about the living room and Lloyd was just looking at me like I was completely mad. There’s a sense of it being unreal.

“This is a life changing amount for me and will make a tremendous difference to me and my family.”

Autism care worker Graham was among five neighbours from East Kilbride, Scotland, who shared a £180,000 jackpot win – with one neighbour landing £60,000 for having two tickets.

Thrilled Graham, who has five children and two grandchildren, said the win couldn’t have come at a better time.

Once it’s safe to do so, he plans to take wife Ellen and the rest of the family on dream holiday.

He added: “I was feeling quite poorly in November so I went to the hospital for a check-up and discovered I needed a heart bypass. I had my surgery the week before the hospital closed for non-essential surgeries. If I hadn’t got it then I would still be ill and virtually housebound so I feel I’ve really been quite lucky and this is just the icing on the cake.”

People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws.

And it’s not just players who win with People’s Postcode Lottery – good causes win too. With a minimum of 32% from each ticket going to charity, players have raised more than £500 million for thousands of charities and good causes.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson spoke to Graham over Zoom. He said: “It was pleasure to meet Graham virtually and hear about the plans he has for his win. I hope he and his family can enjoy their well-deserved break when they manage to jet off.”

For more information on People’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook and Twitter.



Meghan Markle’s bombshell reaction to 'pregnancy protection from Beyonce'

The Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry’s recent life has been analysed as part of a controversial new biography by journalists Carolyn Durrand and Omid Scobie, entitled ‘Finding Freedom’. Within its pages, moments from within the couple’s relationships, as well as how they interacted with other members of the Royal Family, have been studied, including one moment when Meghan was shown a public show of support by US songstress Beyonce. The ‘Halo’ singer, and husband Jay-Z, shared a video of themselves accepting their BRIT Award for Best International Group on Instagram, which showed the pair standing in front of a portrait of Meghan.

In the caption, Beyonce wrote: “In honour of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas.

“Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”

At the time, Meghan was pregnant with her son Archie, and commentators Lisa Ryan and Kaitline Menza – from the ‘Royally Obsessed’ podcast – claimed Beyonce’s intervention was a show of support and “protection” for the royal.

And according to ‘Finding Freedom’, friend and make-up artist Daniel Martin said he wrote a message to Meghan sharing the video with the word “girl”.

Mr Martin then said that she “wrote me back, like, the big-eye emoji”.

In another extract, it was also revealed that Harry’s use of emojis secured him a second date with Meghan.

It added: “[Harry’s] messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face.

“For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince.”

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Ms Ryan added: “I believe it was Lainey Gossip who said, it was like Beyoncé was taking Meghan into her protection.”

Ms Menza agreed: “I love Beyoncé standing [up] for Meghan.”

Meghan and Harry left the Royal Family to enjoy a “financially independent” life and have since moved to California, in a bid to be closer to the Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria Ragland.

Ms Ragland is reportedly supporting the couple as they bring up their son.



Nicola Sturgeon sparks furious reaction as she hints at Aberdeen lockdown extension

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said 220 confirmed cases in the NHS Grampian area were linked to the outbreak in Aberdeen pubs, up from 207 on Monday. In recent days, Ms Sturgeon said, there has been a decline in the number of cases in Aberdeen, suggesting restrictions being put in place were having an impact, although new cases were higher in the NHS Grampian area than in the rest of the country.

Despite the improving numbers, the First Minister said it was too early to say if the measures in Aberdeen would be lifted on Wednesday when they are reviewed.

Ms Sturgeon also said the outbreak discovered in Coupar Angus on Monday has nine confirmed cases, although she will be “very surprised” if the figure does not increase in the coming days.

Further outbreaks in Lanarkshire and Glasgow have also been identified, where eight – including five pupils from three different secondary schools – and 14 cases, some of which were pupils at the same school, respectively have been confirmed.

Both of these have been linked to indoor meetings of young people and the First Minister stressed the cluster is thought to have been transmitted outside schools.

Aberdeen residents were quick to react to the unwelcome news. 

One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Seven positive cases in Grampian, much lower than before, also lower than many other areas.

“Yet it sounds like you are still going to consider extending Aberdeen’s lockdown.

“Interesting to know how few of the seven cases are in Aberdeen itself! Lift the 5-mile ban!!”

Another one snapped: “Maybe if she visited the place she would know the difference between Aberdeen and Grampian.”

One resident pleaded: “Nicola can you please let us have a bit of normality back tomorrow in Aberdeen.

“I have a desperate little one. Who would love to have her grandparents over for a cuppa.

“Please don’t tarnish us all with the same brush. As 90 percent of us have been good.”

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