Excessive scratching, licking, and biting at their body should alert you to check for fleas. Extremely red and irritated skin is common and eventually the large patches of hair will fall out. Secondary infections from rampant scratching can occur.
Avoid scratching the flea bites because you can create an open wound that will let in bacteria, and can lead to infection.
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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The small red itchy bump that develops after a flea bite is a result of an allergic reaction to the saliva of the flea. The degree or severity of the allergy determines how severe the reaction. Every person’s immune response to a flea bite is unique and may even change over time with repeated exposure. Just as every person’s reaction is unique, your pet may have a more severe reaction due to an allergy to flea bites. The reaction to flea bites is easier to see in humans rather than on pets because humans have less hair on their skin. Humans and pets with a severe allergy to flea bites are said to suffer from flea allergy dermatitis or FAD.
Flea bites are small, raised, red bumps that are firm to the touch. The redness disappears when pressure is applied. Flea bites can be extremely itchy and may bleed when scratched. Flea bites usually occur around the ankles and lower legs. Other common locations for flea bites include the area around the waist, armpits, creases of the elbows, and behind the knees. Flea bites produce a variety of effects, ranging from a small, temporary red bump to long-term symptoms that may last for years depending on the sensitivity of the person bitten. The area of skin affected may increase over time, or the rash may spread to a different area. Flea bites can take a very long time to heal and can sometimes evolve into “persistent bite reactions.” Itching and swelling may occur at the sites of older bites when a person is bitten again.
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:
Flea Bites (In Humans)
Moving into a new home brings the promise of a new beginning, many laughs, and much love shared with friends and family. However, sometimes moving into a new home brings bug bites from insects unknown and itchy sleepless nights. In almost all situations where fleas are an indoor problem, there is a family pet. However, in rare situations, fleas are seen jumping around and biting you and you do not have a family pet.
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Flea control for pets includes:
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Cats may develop a unique immune response from flea bites. In cats, flea bitten areas may develop a rash with a crusty puss filled overlay. As you know from watching cat videos online, cats’ bodies can be highly sensitive and reactive to stimuli. Some cats will react to flea bites in a physical manner with odd behaviors such as sudden frantic movements, twitching, and running as if they are being chased. In cats, a hypersensitivity to flea bites may present as an ulcer on the cat’s lip, called a rodent ulcer or a feline indolent ulcer. These ulcers are often caused by some immune response, whether it be a food allergy or a flea allergy. If flea bite sensitivity is the cause for these lip ulcers, effective flea control will alleviate the ulcer.
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Flea control at home may be regulated by the following measures:
Bedbugs are small blood-sucking parasites that feed on mammals and birds. Some people do not have any symptoms of bedbug bites while others have them they include pain and reddish-colored skin lesions where the bite is. Bedbugs are found in temperate and tropical climates worldwide. Bedbugs usually feed every five to 10 days. Bedbug bites usually do not need treatment. Bedbug infestations are difficult to get rid of. Bedbugs are a problem worldwide, are resurging. There are three types of lice, head, body, and pubic. Head lice is a grey-white animal about the size of a sesame seed and can be mistaken for dandruff. Head lice are transmitted from the body to other household items. They produce between seven to 10 eggs (nits) annually. Head lice is transferred from head-to-head contact. Body lice are slightly bigger than head lice and look like head lice. Body lice is transferred from human to other household items. Pubic lice or “crabs” is distinctly different from the head and body louse. Pubic lice in adults is transferred by direct sexual contact. Children and others get pubic lice via nonsexual transmission from their parents, relatives, and friends who share clothing. Lice bites are bluish in color sore that develop on different areas of the body. Condoms do not prevent from getting pubic lice. The different types of lice have different treatment. Lice can be eradicated from your home.
Cat fleas do not live on humans, but they will certainly bite humans. Fleas locate their host by sensing body heat, carbon dioxide that we exhale, movement, and vibration. Fleas have strong legs that they use to jump onto their host and powerful claws that they use to hold onto your skin. Their mouthparts have a needle-like projection called a proboscis. This proboscis pierces your skin and draws blood from your body into the flea’s mouth. Upon this action, flea saliva enters your bloodstream which triggers a reaction in most people. Flea bites are usually concentrated on the lower extremities of the body. Fleas rest in carpeting, or on pet’s bedding which is likely on the floor, therefore your feet, ankles, and lower legs are within their jumping range. Of course, flea bites are not ALWAYS on these areas. If fleas are brought to your bed by your pet, your flea bite could be anywhere within jumping distance. If fleas are resting in your recliner, they may bite you on your abdomen or arms. Fleas will bite you wherever they can reach you, but most commonly it is around the feet and ankles. Flea bites are usually accumulated in clusters with little to no rhyme or reason. There is no pattern or design to flea bite clusters. After a flea bites you, a small bright red bump forms on your skin. A small reddish halo may emanate from the centered red pustule. Unlike mosquito bites that may swell over time, flea bites do not usually swell up over time. As stated above, fleas truly prefer to feed on our pets rather than humans. Therefore, excessive flea bites on humans is not as common as you would imagine. As with all bug bites, a person’s individual reaction to flea bites will vary. Some people may not have a visible skin reaction at all, while others exhibit a more severe allergic reaction. When flea saliva is injected into our body, every human has a different immune response. Most people react with an itchy red bump, but others may react with an itchy red bump and hives over the general area. The most common scenario of fleas biting humans is when a pet dies or a tenant with pets moves out. The fleas remain but no longer have their favorite food source. They resort to biting the humans in the home. This often happens to new tenants in apartment buildings.
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In the developed world with high quality medical care, flea bites are rarely a serious medical concern. Some people may experience severe redness, itchiness, and hives, but in most cases a flea bite to your ankle serves as a reminder to put the medication on your dog or cat. Keeping current with flea spot treatments can prevent flea infestations in your home and on your pet.
The other common reason for fleas when you have no pets is that uninvited guests moved in. You are correct that you have no pets…… but you do have animals in or under your home. This is often the case when a pet hasn’t recently left the premises. It is often a rodent, racoon, or other wildlife infestation that is going unnoticed in the attic or crawlspace. Unfortunately, racoons and rodents do not cooperate and let you treat them with flea medicine…… These unwelcome visitors must be removed before you will achieve effective flea control in the home. In addition, wildlife infestations are often causing a great deal of other damages to the home too. If you are in this situation, please call a professional such as Nextgen Pest Solutions as soon as possible.