Fleas are small, dark, wingless insects that jump and leap onto their hosts. Once attached to their host, which can be you or your pet, these parasitic bugs begin sucking for blood. Not only do they cause intense itching and irritation, they can also transmit diseases from host to host. Below are flea bite characteristics to help you identify if this nastey bug feeding on you.
What Do Flea Bites Look and Feel Like?
- Single puncture within the bite. Other bugs such as ants and spiders leave two punctures per bite.
- Small bumps with possible red halos around the bumps.
- Multiple bites grouped in proximity to each other.
- Rashes, swelling, and inflammation around the bite that may increase in size over time.
- Severe Itching.
- Flea bites are commonly found around the ankles, knee joints, waist, and armpits.
- Bites may present in an hour in an adult, but may take days for children.
- Many people are highly sensitive to flea bites and may develop skin allergies.
- In severe allergic reactions, rashes may develop all over the body and itching blisters may appear.
Flea Bite Treatment and Relief
- Avoid scratching the flea bite! Scratching may open up wounds and cause infection.
- Thorough cleaning to the bite and to the area around it. Use antiseptic soap to disinfect the area of the bite.
- Avoid warm water, as it could increase the itching intensity.
- Apply ice packs around the flea bites to reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Hydrocortisone creams and other relief creams to decrease itching and irritation.
- Oral Antihistamines to decrease itching, irritation, and swelling.
- Topical antibiotic if infection occurs. Consult doctor in serious cases.
- Consult a doctor if symptoms do not subside or at an unbearable level.
Flea bite treament is generally used to reduce itching, swelling, and chances of infection. Many people develop a tolerance to flea bites over time and symptoms may become less intense.
However, applyingflea control techniques are the best way to get rid of fleas and prevent bites from ever happening!