The discovery of a bedbug infestation after a day or two in a hotel room can be perturbing and concerning. Besides the possibility that some of these pests have hidden in your clothes or luggage, you may be worried about the health complications that may arise.
Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases. However, their bites can cause problems that could harm one’s well-being, as discussed below.
The potential complications of bed bug bites
Bed bug bites can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, leading to hives, itching and difficulty breathing. In rare cases, a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis can occur, which can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
Bed bug bites can also predispose one to secondary infections if the skin is broken, allowing bacteria to enter the wound. In some cases, a secondary infection can lead to more serious complications such as cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection that can spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream.
Bed bugs can also cause psychological distress, such as hypervigilance, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and other emotional issues. People who are particularly sensitive to insect bites or have pre-existing medical conditions may be more vulnerable to the psychological health risks associated with bed bug bites.
As a guest at a hotel or an AirBNB, you are owed a duty of care and should be protected from foreseeable harm. The responsible individual or entity should have taken the necessary steps to ensure your safety.
Therefore, you may be entitled to damages for the harm or loss suffered due to bedbugs in your room. It is best to seek informed counsel to identify the negligent parties, understand what you are entitled to in compensation and help protect your rights. Feel free to contact Bed Bug Law for a consultation.