Fleas & Flea Bites
Fleas are bloodsucking, wingless insects that are notorious for infesting our pets. Although they are often more interested in animals, the biting of humans isn’t uncommon. In fact, you’ll probably experience flea bites at some point if you have furry companions at home.There are different kinds of fleas but they all feed off from humans and animals alike. This means it is capable of transmitting diseases or parasites from one host to the other.
Knowing that these tiny wingless parasites are capable of causing too much harm despite their size, we must know how to treat a human flea bite.
Anyone who has been bitten by a flea knows how intensely itchy it is! Most of us cannot help ourselves from scratching it which is the number one thing you should not do to flea bites as it can lead to infection. A flea bite is characterized by an extremely itchy red swollen wheal which after a day turns into a blister or a tiny wound. The swelling and itching results from a reaction to the flea’s saliva left behind when it bit you.It is a form of localized allergic reaction and of milder form than other insect bites such those from wasps, bees or hornets which causes anaphylactic shock from a more severe form of allergy. People are usually bitten in the legs and ankles.Click HERE for the current best products we Recommend for killing and treating fleas.
Have you got a FleaBite ?
As we know flea bites do cause skin irritation and itching that can be incredibly annoying. if you have an infestation at home, you’ll be more prone to falling victim to their bloodsucking antics. There are even horror stories of hordes of fleas attacking people who just moved into new houses, and this can happen even if there’s no dog or cat in sight.
The question now is: how will you be able to tell if you’ve become part of the main course of these pesky creatures? Well, here are some symptoms you need to pay attention to:
- Flea bites on humans are incredibly itchy and result in red bumps.
- Their bites are usually focused on the lower legs and feet, since they have the tendency to reside in floorboards and carpets. Of course, they may also bite other body areas whenever they have the opportunity
- Painful, burning welts may appear if you have hypersensitive/allergic reaction to their bites.
- Their bites can get easily infected if you scratch them, resulting in open sores that are swollen, red, and filled with puss.
Treatment of Bites
If you are unsure please consult your local physician, this is a guide based on our experience and not a substitute for medical advice.
The treatment for fleabites is simple, practical and not expensive at all. It is more about making sure that the bite is clean and alleviating the symptoms such as itching and swelling. The first thing you have to remember when treating flea bites is to never scratch it as we have already said. Scratching can lead to wounds and then infection. You must clean the affected areas with antiseptic soap and water to reduce the likelihood of infection.
Remember to use cold or lukewarm water as warm or hot water will not relieve the swelling and had the tendency to stimulate the itch. To relieve the swelling, an icepack or cold compress can be placed on the flea bite. A variety of creams and ointments can be used on the bite to relieve the itching and swelling and reduce the risk of infection. You can use a topical anesthetic cream or a calamine lotion. A mild steroid cream can lessen the swelling. These are non-prescription medications so you can buy them at your local pharmacy without a prescription or for more convenience, simply order them online.
Flea Bite Treatments
Flea bites can be very uncomfortable. Because of that people are usually quite desperate to rid themselves and their property of Fleas. Fleabites used to be much more dangerous when desieses were more widespread but today with better treatments and medicines and advice you can quickly cure yourself of those horrible flea bites.
Tea Tree Oil –You can use tree tea Oil to treat the flea bites, just put some on some cotton wool and dab it on the area that’s been bitten by flea’s.
Hydrocortisone cream–is also another very good way to relieve the itching and allow the bite to heal. You can also get this over the counter at any good pharmacy.
Calamine Lotion –Another good alternative is the mothers favourite!. Yes its that pick stuff we used to get put on us when we were stung by stinging nettles! calamine lotion is excellent and relieving the itching cause by flea bites. I don’t really like the smell of this personally though!.
Antihistamine Tablets –Many people take a antihistamine tablet to help and its reported that this will really help stop the itching.
Antiseptic Soap-Wash the bites with antiseptic lotion or soap. Use cool water, because hot water may stimulate itching.
Homemade Cream-If neither of the above is not available, a homemade cream can be made by mixing baking soda and water until it forms a paste-like consistency. Afterwards, apply as many times as necessary daily. In case of hypersensitivity to flea bites, you may take an oral antihistamine to relieve the itchiness and swelling. It is important to soothe the itchiness in human flea bites since less itch means less tendency to scratch. Not scratching a human flea bite greatly facilitates healing. This first aid treatment is enough for a simple uncomplicated flea bite. After doing these steps, the bite should improve within a few days. However, if it is not the case and the affected area worsens and remains swollen with pus or discharge you may need to go to a medical doctor for the proper treatment. Your doctor may prescribe some antibiotics to treat the infection. In case you are infected of a disease or a parasite through the bite, you have to seek the proper medical attention. Go for a medical check-up to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Ice or Cold Packs –If you haven’t got anything to hand then you can also use ice to reduce the itching and swelling, it really does work and at times when you just cant get the right creams or medication is the only choice! This will really help
How to remove fleas from your home
A Fogger will fill your rooms with a Fog that will destroy all fleas on every part of your furniture & carpet.If you dont want to mess about and want to destroy fleas in your house then buy the government approved licensed flea killing product the Complete Flea Killer and Treatment Kit to totally rid them from your house and stop any regrowth. Many people try half heatedly to remove fleas and the misery continues, dont make this mistake. You can try the Johnsons 4Fleas Fogger, it is one of the best sellers and is one of the most popular for the home. However if you want to guarantee to get rid of fleas use the vet recommended process to eliminate them by using government approved flea killing products, such as the Complete Flea Killer kit we suggest.
Take action now, if you order today it will be with you tomorrow and you can start to eliminate fleas once and for all…. permanently.
To read more about foggers and how they can clear your house of fleas read Fumigate your house for fleas and prevent flea bite
Flea sprays are used to decontaminate any items such as chairs and the carpet from fleas. Nowadays there are a good range of products to help. the ones we recommend are RIP Extra Flea Spray and Indorex. We recommend these to our clients and always receive positive feed back on how effective these sprays are. Its ideal to keep at least one of these handy to stave off any future infestation.
Get Rid of Fleas
Should you suspect a flea infestation have you pet(s) and your house treated with flea-killing chemicals as soon as possible before they spread through and through. Besides, there are plenty of quality flea sprays and bombs available in the market. Choose those that not only eliminate adult fleas, but also hamper the growth of those that are still in the larval and pupae stages.
Of course, you first have to make sure that what you have are actually flea bites – mosquito bites sometimes look very similar. Even skin ailments and rashes may produce similar effects to that of flea’s bite. So if you actually haven’t seen these critters jumping around, you may want to rethink purchasing those flea bombs and sprays, lest you spend on them unnecessarily.