Flea Bites

What Do Flea Bites Look Like on Humans?

flea bite appearance
Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes.

They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort.

Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets.

Many wildlife species carry fleas as well. If these animals are associated around ones in the home, fleas may migrate to pets and humans. Be aware that other causes may result in human skin irritation, including other pests, allergic reactions to medications or even ingrown hairs.

Flea saliva
In some pets flea saliva can cause allergic reactions such as Flea Allergy Dermatitis, and increased scratching can result in hair loss and secondary infections. In more severe cases, affected pet skin thickens and sores appear.

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Flea Bites Treatment

On Pets
You should be sure to consult a veterinarian before beginning any treatment of your pet’s flea bites.

  • bathing your pet with specially formulated shampoos can help
  • cold water alleviates inflammation
  • warm or hot water exacerbates itching

If these treatments fail, your veterinarian may request to see your pet to determine next steps. Steroid creams and antihistamines are available by prescription and may help to alleviate your pet’s symptoms.

Can Humans Get Fleas?
Humans can get fleas. Once fleas invade a house they can bite both pets and humans. If you are the victim of a flea bite here is what you can do:

  • wash the bite
  • use an antiseptic and apply an icepack
  • resist the urge to scratch
  • lotions maybe used to treat the itch
  • consult a pharmacist about antihistamines

Should your bite wounds excrete puss, contact your doctor immediately.

Treating flea bites merely addresses one symptom of an infestation. Extermination methods should be conducted in conjunction with bite treatment in order to ensure eradication.

Contact your local pest control expert to discuss options.

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