What’s the worst thing about getting bitten by a flea? It’s the itching that follows. It’s not uncommon to have fleas sticking onto the bodies of your pets. But fleas can bite humans, too. What do flea bites look like on humans? While flea bites resemble any other insect bites and stings, you can get an infection if not treated properly.
How to treat flea bites on humans?
Let’s talk a little about fleas. They are really wee bugs, and they can be tan, brown, or black. They are wingless, so they hop from one place to another. Fleas are flat, and they have shells on them. What makes them obnoxious is that they quickly reproduce. Your pets are convenient carriers of fleas. If you don’t have pets, your yard might be a flea hangout.
If you notice some unusual bites on your skin, now you know who to blame. Without pesticides, it is hard to exterminate fleas.
Why do fleas bite humans?
Fleas are parasites. They prey on your pets or mammals and suck blood to survive. They do not mind sucking on humans too. If you spend way too much time with your pets, the fleas can jump onto your skin and bite you. Or a bare-foot walk in your backyard can give you flea bites.
Identifying flea bites
What do flea bites look like on humans? It is easy to get confused between flea bites and mosquito bites.
How to tell if you have flea bites? Flea bites on the skin appear in tiny bumps, and they stay small. They usually appear in groups of 3 or 4 bumps in a straight line. A red halo surrounds the bumps.
Fleas usually bite humans on the ankles and legs, but they can also get you on elbows, knees, waist, breasts, groin, and armpits. If you see a red ‘halo’ around the bite, a flea has bitten you. Some people may develop allergic reactions to flea bites.
Some common symptoms usually accompany flea bites. The bites itch a lot. You may experience pain and soreness in the skin surrounding the bite. Hives and rashes may develop around the bite. Scratching will only worsen the situation by damaging the skin and causing a bacterial infection.
Do not scratch the bite; keep your hands away. Watch the site of the bite for some time for infections, rashes, and blisters. Some people may show allergic reactions.
Are flea bites dangerous?
What happens if a flea bites you? Do flea bites blister?
Generally, flea bites do not cause any serious harm except for the annoying itch. However, if you scratch them, it might lead to infection.
It is less likely that you will contract some disease from a flea bite. But if you scratch it, bacteria might get into your body and lead to an infection. Excessive scratching can cause an open wound and an easier entry for the bacteria. If the bite gets infected, it will become red, warm, and emit pus.
You might develop an allergic reaction if you are sensitive. The allergy symptoms vary. Some people may experience difficulty in breathing and welts on the skin. Flea bites can cause allergies and even anemia from blood loss in your pets. It would be best if you got them checked by a vet at the earliest.
Fleas have transmitted diseases like plague, bartonellosis, typhus, flea tapeworm among humans. Treating flea bites quickly and properly can prevent further complications.
How do you treat flea bites?
How to get flea bites to stop itching? This might be the first thing you want to treat. But no matter how badly you want to scratch it, don’t scratch it. Anesthetic creams and calamine lotions might help with the itching.
What can I put on flea bites? Here are some things that you can apply to the bite site –
- Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bite. This will prevent infections.
- Mitigate the swelling with ice packs. This can be a quick relief for flea bites on humans.
- Antihistamine medicines can also reduce swelling. Consult your doctor or chemist for this.
- Fleas can cause flea tapeworm. Consult your doctor for tapeworm infection.
- If your symptoms don’t fade, seek medical help.
- If there is pus oozing from the bite, you might have developed an infection. See your doctor about this.
There are natural solutions for getting rid of fleas. But for a flea infestation, get pest control services involved.
How do you treat flea bites on your pets? The best way would be to get your pets checked for fleas regularly at the vets. Include garlic in their diet and use herbal shampoos. Some quick ways to prevent your pet from getting flea bites are –
- Prevent the flea-bitten pet from mixing with other pets.
- Make sure your pet does not wander into places that are hard to reach.
- Comb your pet’s fur with a flea comb.
- Wash your pet’s bedding in hot water.
- Bath your pet in anti-flea medicine once a month.
This will ensure that fleas are away from you and your pets. You can prevent flea infestation in your backyard by mowing down your lawn regularly.
And now, here are some ways to keep fleas from returning. You can try these methods to get rid of flea infestation –
- Get some essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, rosewood, eucalyptus, or citrus. Mix any of the oil with water. Spray this solution in your house as a repellent. Alternatively, you can use a garlic spray.
- Make a flea trap. Take a bowl and pour some hot water and liquid soap in equal proportions. Place this bowl alongside a small lamp at the foot of your bed. Fleas get drawn to the light and then drown in the bowl.
- You can plant eucalyptus trees in your yard. They are believed to repel fleas.
- You can also use diatomaceous earth powder or borax powder to treat some areas of your house.
- If nothing works and the fleas keep coming back, it’s time to call in for some professional help.
The sooner you address flea infestation, the better you can prevent it from spreading into your house. If you observe fleas are still hanging out in your backyard or house, call for help. You discuss your budget with us, and we can figure out the best solution for you!