While we often think of fleas being a problem for animals they can become a problem if they loose their animal host or have insufficient food source, at this point they will often choose a human to feed on. In the majority of cases you don’t need to treat the flea bites on humans although you should be aware of a few things.
You can get infections after being bitten by a flea or in some cases you might have an allergic reaction. Unfortunately a flea bite can be very itchy and all you want to do is itch it but if you do start scratching the infected area you could end up with an infection due to bacteria under your fingernails getting into the open wound.
Usually you find flea bites around the ankles and the lower area of the legs but its not unusual to find bites on your arms from stroking or holding your pet. Bites on the legs are due to the fleas living in the carpets, floorboards and underneath the edges of furniture, they have no problems attacking you as they can jump over half a metre.
Are flea bites on humans itchy
Yes they can be very itchy but don’t worry if you have no other signs other than the itching they will usually disappear all by themselves. The bite isn’t what causes the itch its the flea saliva that it injects into your body as it bites. The saliva contains a substance that helps the flea to feed on your blood without being disturbed.
Flea bites on humans usually come in two to three groups or in clusters and they look like small red spots with a redness area around them. The reddish area last from a few hours to several days depending on how your body reacts to the bite in the first place and how well you resisted from scratching the wound.
How to treat the symptoms
If you’ve been bitten by a flea and you can stop yourself from scratching the bite you should safeguard yourself from getting an infection but if you find that hard there are products that effectively relive the itching.
- Calamine lotion
- Hydro-cortisone cream
- Tea tree oil
When using any product make sure you don’t rub to hard as could make the puncture hole in the wound much larger. You can use ice or cold water on the bite which may soothe the itching for while and helps to prevent swelling and inflammation and a tepid bath will help calm the bites down as a quick relief . Cleaning the infected area with an antiseptic soap will help your body from getting all sorts of nasty bacteria. If you would prefer to take a medicine to help stop the itching an antihistamine might help but you should consult with you’re doctor before taking any.
Can you get an allergic reaction from flea bites on humans
Time to get serious for a moment, some people are much more sensitive when bitten by a flea than others. People have been know to react very badly to a flea bite and have gone into anaphylactic shock, however this is in the worst case scenario and occurs very rarely. There are other symptoms of an allergic reaction that aren’t as severe but can still be very dangerous.
- Chest pains
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swelling of the tongue or lips
If you experience any of the above symptoms you should call an ambulance as soon as possible.
Infection from a flea bite
Make sure you don’t confuse an allergic reaction with an infected bite and cause a lot of panic when there’s no need to. Typical symptoms that shows its an infected flea bite are listed below
- Pain in the area
- Swollen glands
If you have any symptoms above you should discuss them with your doctor, the situation isn’t as urgent as if you had an allergic reaction so no need to worry to much, just get medical advice.
How long does a flea bite last
As long as you have followed the advice above and have kept the area clean, used lotions or antihistamines to ease the itching after the initial bite, you should notice the bite disappear within a few days. Most flea bites on humans will leave some marks at the start but don’t worry they will disappear over time. After a few weeks they should be gone and you will be happy to know they don’t leave scars.