Flea bites look like small red dots. These spots often occur in two to three groups or clusters with redness around them and sometimes a light halo. They tend to bite humans around the feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Some people are very sensitive to flea bites — but scratching can cause a wound or infection. See a picture of Flea Bites and learn more about the health topic.
While most home flea infestations occur in homes with pets, fleas can infest homes without pets as well. This may happen in several scenarios.
Do flea bites look like little pimples
Typhus is a disease caused by Rickettsia bacteria. Symptoms and signs include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. Antibiotics are recommended as the treatment for endemic and epidemic typhus infections.
Talk to your vet about ways to keep your dogs and cats free from fleas. Before using any home or natural flea preventive/repellant remedy on your pets, consult with your vet. Some remedies work well for some pets and not others, and some pets may have unwanted reactions to these items. The amount of any herb oil or other product used for a pet may vary depending on their size, weight, age, breed, and overall health. It is always best to consult with your veterinarian to make sure the products and amounts you use are safe for your cats and dogs.
Humans can be bitten by so-called “sand fleas,” usually found at the beach and in coastal areas. They are not insects, but tiny crustaceans, although their bite is similar to the cat flea’s bite. They do not infest homes.
Flea Bites (In Humans)
Fleas also can be a public health threat because they can transmit several diseases to both humans and animals. Diseases transmitted to humans by fleas include:
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What public places may have fleas?
If the itching is bothersome, an oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may help. If you have an allergic reaction, see a doctor. You may be prescribed a stronger antihistamine such as hydroxyzine (Vistaril, Atarax).
The three main species of flea that infest humans are:
Some people are more sensitive to flea bites and can have allergic reactions. Symptoms of allergic reactions to flea bites include:
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How do healthcare professionals diagnose flea bites in humans?
Objects or insects in the ear can be placed in the ear by patients themselves or an insect crawling in the ear. Earwax can also cause ear problems if Q-tips are overused to clean the ears. Symptoms and signs of an object in the ear are inflammation and sensitivity, redness, or discharge of pus or blood. When to seek medical care for an object or insect in the ear is included in the article information.
Once you have gotten rid of fleas, you can use some natural remedies to prevent them from returning.