Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of mammalian animals, usually dogs and cats. It is also common for flea bites to occur in humans, which are very annoying and can transmit serious diseases from one carrier to another.
Living with pets or handling them is one of the main risk factors when it comes to being bitten, and these usually occur on the legs, especially the ankles and knees, and also around the waist, in the crease of the elbows, or the armpits. This FastlyHeal article explains all the details about flea bites, the symptoms, and their treatment.
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Symptoms of flea bites
These small, red, and slightly raised bites are usually itchy, itchy, and inflamed. In most cases, the symptoms are mild, and after itching for a few days, the edge disappears. However, it can produce a rash in other more severe reactions, drawing a red halo around the bite or welts on the skin.
When severe itching, it is difficult to avoid scratching, leading to injuries or wounds, bleeding, and even painful infections on irritated skin. An allergy to flea saliva can be one of the culprits for suffering more pronounced symptoms, and you may even experience itching all over the body. Children are more susceptible to developing a more severe reaction and need more attention to them.
It should be noted that, as we indicated at the beginning of the article, fleas can become transmitters of diseases. Some examples are pathologies such as plague, murine typhus (a bacterial infection), or tapeworm (a larva that colonizes the intestine).
Treatment for flea bites
The main thing in treating flea bites is to keep the area as clean as possible. It is essential to follow these tips:
- Wash the skin with plenty of cold water and soap or an antiseptic lotion. Remember not to wash it with hot water, increasing the swelling.
- Try not to scratch the bite to avoid opening the wound, as this will facilitate infection.
- If the sting worsens, it is best to consult a doctor who will help you relieve the itch with hydrocortisone creams and prescribe antihistamines or antibiotics for the infection.
Often, some home remedies can go a long way to soothe the itch. We recommend applying a mixture of baking soda and water for 15 to 30 minutes on the bite to help the skin or wash it with a gauze soaked in water and vinegar or honey and lemon. The aloe vera can also be a good ally.
Prevention of flea bites
To prevent the problem from recurring, it is clear that we must get rid of fleas. Keep these recommendations in mind to get rid of them:
- Wash sheets, blankets, pillows, and clothing frequently in the hottest water you can get.
- Thoroughly clean the house floor, carpets, furniture, sofas, armchairs, and beds. Vacuum cleaners and steam engines can be of great help.
- Treat your pets to eliminate parasites, and remember to clean their beds, blankets, and toys. Check your pets’ fur frequently to ensure they are no longer carrying fleas.
- If all these measures are not enough, you may need to contact an exterminator who will perform professional treatment in your home.
It is important to remember that the skin of animals is the natural habitat of these parasites, so the problem may recur in the future if we continue to have pets at home; therefore, regular cleaning is essential.
This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.
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