Flea Bites: Ways to Treat It

Fleas are very hard to detect or visibly monitor as they are rather tiny.

Woman scratching itchy skin

Flea bites can be common enough and numerous people can get affected by this irritating condition. But can we do to treat the said flea bites? In this article, we will look at what a flea bite is and what treatment options are available for the said condition.

 

Flea Bites

Fleas are also very hard to detect or visibly monitor as they are rather tiny. Most fleas don’t grow much larger than a ballpoint pen’s tip. Fleas are also wingless insects hence they don’t technically fly from one place to another but rather they hop from one location to the next.

These unique but pesky insects have thin and light bodies designed with a protective hard shell which means that they need to be squished between the surface of two hard objects in order to kill or neutralize them such as a person’s fingernails.

Unfortunately, killing one flea may not be enough as the presence of one flea will most certainly mean that there are others around. In fact, the elimination of fleas is next to impossible without the aid of any pesticide.

 

How Do Flea Bites Look Like?

As mentioned earlier, people with flea problems may encounter strange bite markings on their bodies without knowing the exact reason behind the appearance of such a skin condition. These bites are pretty unique and distinctive, though, and flea bites will usually have the following characteristics:

  1. Bites that will show up in and around the person’s legs and ankles
  2. bites that will appear in groups or clusters usually forming a straight line numbering around three or four 
  3. The appearance on the center of the bite of a red ring or “halo”
  4. Bites that will look like tiny bumps that are colored red
  5. Flea bites are also commonly seen in and around the area of an individual’s armpits, folds of the knees and elbows, groin, breasts, and waist.

 

Flea Bites: What Are the Symptoms?

Flea bites can exhibit a number of different symptoms that are easily recognizable. These include skin that is itchy that will eventually turn or become painful and sore. Some people will also get hives or rashes around the area where the flea bite is located.

In addition, scratching the flea bite will most likely cause or result in skin damage and if not properly treated, infection. Avoiding the scratching of the flea bites can help patients minimized and prevent the worsening of symptoms such as redness, soreness and, even infection accompanied by blisters or rashes that are “White topped”.

 

Will Flea Bites Lead to Other Problems or Issues?

Human beings will likely not get any additional health issues due to their flea bites. For pets, however, it can be a different story. Pet Owners are encouraged to bring their pets to the vet once the presence of fleas has been confirmed.

 

How to Detect Fleas at Home?

People will understandably ask, “So how do I know if I have a flea problem at home?”. The answer to this question is easily answered if the said home contains or has pets in it as fleas will tend to concentrate and mostly accumulate in the bodies of pet animals. While fleas prefer to live on cats and dogs, they can also be found in other species of animals or pets and even the pet owners (human beings) themselves. If the flea population is able to sustain its growth and expands, then fleas may start living on the yard, beddings, and even in carpets.

Flea infestations that really extreme can be quite obvious or noticeable. One method to use for the detection of fleas is to walk around the carpet of the house wearing nothing but white socks. After walking around and after inspecting the white socks for any dirt or debris, the presence of black tiny insects will most probably mean and confirm that fleas are present.

 

Can People with No Pets Still Get Flea Bites?

The direct answer to this question is a resounding yes. Fleas will still bite people with no pets. For those homeowners with not pets, flea bites may be coming from the neighbor’s pet or backyard. This is because fleas also thrive in storage areas, woodpiles, decks, and cool shaded areas.

Similar to pet owners who treat their pets for fleas, people may need to have their backyard treated as well for any possible flea infestation or presence. People who had to deal with tiny and itchy bite marks that are colored red after frolicking or staying in their backyard for quite some time may need to call on a professional to control the presence or infestation of fleas.

 

How Are Flea Bites Treated?

Luckily, flea bites can resolve on their own and will usually get better without any treatment. However, it is important to note that if people want to stop being bitten by fleas, they have to address the presence of fleas and eliminate them from the patient’s surrounding area or vicinity.

Pesticides may be used to treat the home and backyard. Pest control experts are the best people for this job. To address the symptoms of the bites from pesky fleas, antihistamine and anti-itch creams may be used by individuals.

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