Your child’s scratching, you’re itchy and I’m sure you’re wondering how to best treat flea bites on humans. First off, I’d like to explain why fleas love human blood, I think it’s important to understand why they feel the need to bite. Next, I will tell you how to identify flea bites and treat them. Never fear! Help is on the way!
A flea is a wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect that generally feeds on animals but can also bite human beings and can jumps 14 to 16 inches at a time. This female insect lays as many as 200 eggs at a time and this happens in the first 48 hours of the blood feed.
Adult fleas can live without eating for many months. It uses its pair of jaws to cut apart the skin on the legs or feet. Their saliva contains substances to encourage blood circulation.
When female fleas feed, they lay their eggs soon after. These eggs are oval in shape and are light in color. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae covers it up with a protective coating. Any kind of disturbance or vibration leads to the emerging out of the adult fleas to come out their cocoons.
There are numerous hosts that fleas can use to spread diseases from one to another and fleas on humans is just one type. Some fleas also transmits deadly diseases like bubonic plague and murine typhus. Tapeworm larvae are also transmitted through this flea.
There are certain fleas that bite humans.
The main types of flea that can harm humans are of three types i.e. cat flea, human flea and dog flea.
Whenever a person suffers a flea bite, they feel extremely itchy. Some complications, such as infection can be caused by flea bites due to scratching.
There are a few symptoms that can help you recognize that you have been bitten by a flea. The symptoms include rashes and small bumps that may itch and bleed, and hives and itching in the area around the flea bite are not uncommon.
So, what do flea bites look like? Below you will find a couple of pictures that will help you identify if that bite you see is from a flea.
If you want immediate relief from the flea bite, you can use 1% of hydrocortisone cream and a dose of antihistamine (aka Benadryl). However, there are some other common treatments that are also available to treat flea bites on humans. An antiseptic soap can be used to wash the bites and to prevent infection. Ice packs can be used to relieve swelling and calamine lotion can also be used to soothe.
Flea bites can be avoided. The simple way to avoid flea bites is to treat your home with a flea bomb, your pets or your outdoor sitting place with insecticides or you can utilize a natural flea repellent. During the spraying, make sure birds and fishes in the surrounding are avoided. As a last resort, hiring a flea exterminator can be worth the expense, in case home treatments do not prove helpful.