Flea Bites On Humans
Summary: Flea bites can cause severe discomfort for pets and people, alike. Flea bites on humans require immediate attention to provide relief from the constant itching and potential infection.
Fleas have an unquenchable appetite. Imagine carrying something on your body that will bite you several hundred times a day. That is exactly what happens when your pet has fleas. The nearly constant biting causes your pet to scratch, bite and clean to the point that hair falls out. These irritated spots known as allergic dermatitis, can become infected, potentially causing further pet illnesses.
Having fleas in your residence is no fun. To avoid further problems you will need to take action to find and eliminate all the fleas. This process involves thorough cleaning, vaccuming, laundering, a visit to the veterinarian to get treatments for your pet and, of course, a pesticide treatment using Suspend SC mixed with Precore IGR Concentrate, which is an insect growth regulator. You might buy a product for your pet, too. I recommend Petcor Flea Spray.
Fleas bite humans, too. A flea bite on humans takes the form of a small bump surrounded by a red halo. The spot itches, of course. Each bump has a tiny puncture hole in the center caused by the flea piercing the skin. It is most common to find these bumps on lower legs and around the waist where clothing is tightest. The small bristles on their legs point backwards, helping them move slowly, but surely up your pant legs.
Reactions to flea bites vary from person to person depending upon an individual's sensitivity. In fact, some people are totally unaffected by flea bites or they simply are not bitten because the fleas are not attracted. Children often have more pronounced reactions to flea bites.
Several steps can be done at home to treat flea bites on humans. First, wash the bitten areas with soap or some type of antiseptic. Use cold water to clean the area. Hot water only stimulates the bite and makes it itch even more. Apply ice to the bites to reduce the swelling and try not to scratch. Like any insect bite, scratching can lead to open sores and infections.
Any of several hydrocortisone creams can be applied to the spots to help relieve itching. More severe itching may require additional antihistamine medications. Again, read the label or consult your physician before giving any medications to small children. If no relief comes from these actions, you may require medical attention from your doctor.