Am I Allergic To My Mattress? Small To Large Red, Itchy Blotches When I Wake Up)

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Asked by MickyNgo

Am I Allergic To My Mattress? Small To Large Red, Itchy Blotches When I Wake Up)

Before school started, I brought a new mattress at IKEA. However, for the next few nights, horrible (large) red bumps appeared on my arms and legs. I was afraid that it was bed bugs, so i returned the mattress and the sale manager told me that there was "no way" it could be bed bugs. So i brought another mattress. Along with this mattress, I brought new sheets as well. My first few days, I was good with no reactions. However, after about a few days, the bumps started to appear again (even on the side of my face and fingers). However, there are less bumps than the first mattress. I sleep with two other roommates who have no problems with this. Could I be allergic to my mattress?

According to IKEA, its not bed bugs. And i've bene using a new mattress and sheets and completely washed down everything as well.

Answer

Hi there

That is really strange! I would wonder the same exact thing. I found some pictures of bed bug bites on the web for you to look at and compare. Does anyone in your home own pets? Could it be fleas? I am truly just guessing here. Maybe there is something in how the mattress is made that you are allergic to?

So do the bumps appear the next day? When do they show up? Can you sleep on the sofa or another bed for a night to see what happens?

I would go see your doctor who may have a better idea of what may be causing these blotches.

Let us know what happens!