Flea Bites Bite!
Fleas are tiny, irritating insects. Their bites are itchy and sometimes painful, and getting rid of them is hard. They reproduce quickly, especially if you have pets in the household. Professional pest control treatment may be required. Even if you don’t have pets, your yard can potentially play host to fleas, and you may end up with a bunch of mysterious bites. Read Below to learn how to identify flea bites, as well as how to deal with a flea problem.
Fleas are tiny, irritating insects. Their bites are itchy and sometimes painful, and getting rid of them is hard. They reproduce quickly, especially if you have pets in the household. Professional pest control treatment may be required. Even if you don’t have pets, your yard can potentially play host to fleas, and you may end up with a bunch of mysterious bites.
Treatment of Flea Bites
If you get bitten and you don’t do anything about it, the bites will eventually get worse because you simply can’t stop scratching them. This can be very uncomfortable and cause a lot of frustration, especially if you have flea allergy. Luckily we know so much about fleas today that we have developed excellent treatments and medicines that can take care of the problem almost instantly. You can cure yourself at home.
- First of all, stop scratching your bites! I know it’s difficult but if you continue doing so, the bites can get infected with bacteria that will enter your bloodstream and cause havoc on your body. Save yourself from nasty infections by leaving the area alone.
- This one makes the first point easier to follow. Stop the itching with some cream or lotion. This will also reduce swelling and clean the area, decreasing the chance of getting those unwanted infections.
- If cream or lotion doesn’t do it for you, there is also antihistamine as tablets or liquid. You should contact your doctor before taking this. I would prefer that you use cream or lotion it’s cheaper and works in most cases.
- Use ice or cold water to soothe the itching. This also prevents or reduces swelling and inflammation.
What Do Flea Bites Look Like?
Flea bites are pretty distinctive. They remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a flea bites you, you may experience one or more of the following visible signs:
- bites that appear as small, red bumps
- a red “halo” around the bite center
- bites in groups of three or four, or in a straight line
- bites that appear around the ankles or legs (their most likely location)
Flea bites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees.
How Are Flea Bites Treated?
Flea bites will go away on their own. However, in order to stop the flea bites, you have to stop the fleas. Your pet and your home will need to be treated with pesticides to kill the fleas. Professional pest control experts should administer these treatments. In most cases, you will need to leave your home for several hours after the treatment is applied. Do-it-yourself home treatments are available for fleas, but if they do not work, you may need to seek professional help.
Relieve the symptoms of flea bites with over-the-counter anti-itch creams and antihistamine medications. Avoid scratching the area. If you notice signs of an infection at the bite site, such as a white pocket or rash, make an appointment to see your doctor.