Fleas Symptoms

Fleas Bites Symptoms - If you, your family or pets have fleas then the first symptoms will normally be bites on the skin. This can appear rapidly/all of a sudden. The house pet may itch, gnaw themselves and appear irritable and uncomfortable. You will more than likely also have itchy spots forming; however flea bites aren’t always really itchy for everyone. Therefore if you have small red spots (sometimes multiple in clusters) which are slightly raised and have a single pierce mark in the middle, these are telling symptoms of flea bites. They will often occur round the ankles, legs (certainly if you’re walking or hunting in shorts) folds of joints and other parts of the body uncovered and accessible. You can check your pet’s fur for signs of fleas. When these parasites feed on the blood of our pets, they leave excretions behind them which are visible, so dab them with clean paper and see if any blood comes off. Other signs could be red rashes and missing hair where the area would have been scratched so much.

Symptoms vary from person to person when we're bitten by fleas. Some will not even itch, some marks will be smaller than others, and then the more unfortunate of us may have raised lesions which itch like mad and don’t go away for days. Although it may be difficult, the best option is to not scratch/itch the bites, as this can lead to further infection and will prolong the bite. If you are sensitive or allergic to flea bites (usually from the flea’s saliva) you may need to see a doctor for an oral antihistamine or antibiotics, depending on the severity of the bites. Our picture below is the result of sand flea bites on the foot and an allergic reaction has taken place. You may think twice about visiting infested beaches!

symptoms of fleas and bites

Fleas Symptoms Treatment - Ways of treating the symptoms without visiting the doc would be to thoroughly clean the bites with a mild antiseptic soap and cold water. Once they are clean, grab a bag of ice/vegetables/whatever you have that’s ice cold and hold it on the bites. This should help any swelling go down. You can then apply calamine lotion or other itch prevention creams from your local pharmacy (however always check with the pharmacist and read the label). It would then be wise to keep the area cleaned and covered to avoid infection.

Fleas Symptoms

If you are convinced that you have a flea infestation round you and some may have got into your food, then you need to visit the doctors ASAP. As fleas can carry diseases such as typhus and bubonic plague (!), in addition to tapeworm, you could suffer adverse consequences as a result of eating them (this goes for children and pets too). Humans could suffer a fever, headache and nausea. The doctor will be able to treat your symptoms so pay them a visit.

Symptoms of flea bites should not only be treated in the ways mentioned above, but you should always carry repellents and ensure you are covered up to avoid discomfort and potential illness. Treat your pets with repellents too, and regularly groom them with flea control products. You want to avoid them getting into your home, otherwise you could have a major infestation on your hands.

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