Bought a new mattress and I'm beginning to wonder if it has bed bugs. Been up half the nite itching and scratching. Took a shower in the middle of the nite. Either that or hair spray. Maybe the washing machine isn't rinsing good enough.
Any suggestions to get rid of this terrible discomfort ?
About the only way to know for sure if you have bed bugs is to contact a pest exterminator--I would go with a nationally recognized company over a fly by night local company. Here is some information that may or may not help you
By any chance did you vacuum the mattress or run the mattress cover through the air cycle of your dryer? Dust may have been "encapsulated" by the storage wrapper or it may be releasing fumes. Can you let it air out for a few days (no sheets, etc).
From the articles I have read, bed bugs can be found around the bindings at the tops and bottoms and are very tiny, causing bites and rashes; an oatmeal bath soak and antihistamine may relieve some of the itching. If it continues, you need to see a doctor.
Check with newspapers on line, many have contained articles about these miserable critters over the past year. I'm sure NYT will have something.
Best advice I can give is DON"T SCRATCH, you can get the area infected and then you will really be in trouble.