are wingless insects that are adept at infesting pets and sucking their blood.
They mostly infest animals but are also known to infest humans.
Flea bites are
familiar to those with pets
. They occur when fleas look for food and bite their hosts
to suck warm blood, which forms the chief source of their food. Bites are
common in areas around the waist, armpits, ankles, elbows and knees.
are of different types. They are small creatures, the biggest among them are
just as big as the tip of a pen. However, they are capable of jumping long
distances and covering great heights! Their agile bodies are also capable of
withstanding considerable pressure and this makes them difficult to eliminate,
be it by scratching or mashing! Symptoms
Symptoms of flea bites include
. Besides, a red halo is
seen in the area where the bite occurred. Groups of red bumps may be seen in
Rashes may itch, bleed or turn
white when pressed and are often seen to be located in the lower leg, folds of
a joint or in the armpit. In some people the rashes may be seen in the groin.
around a fleabite is
also common. Painful welts may appear in the case of a hyper sensitive skin.
Often, itching is severe enough to cause blisters that may become infected. The
swelling and itchiness is the body’s reaction to the flea’s saliva. Diagnosis &
The symptoms caused by flea bite
aid diagnosis. Sometimes, a biopsy is carried out. Treatment
involves two methods – preventive and reactive. Preventive treatment
involves getting rid of fleas from homes and from the bodies of pets.
This can be done by treating your home, pets, and outside areas with
pesticides. Sometimes, professional help may be required. Children and pets
must not be around while pesticide
treatment is being
done. It is important to maintain cleanliness to prevent the multiplication of
involves relieving the symptoms of fleabite. When
fleabite occurs it is important not to scratch the affected area as it may
cause blisters and infection
The first step is to wash the
affected area with soap and water to avoid infection. After drying, calamine
lotion or a paste made of baking soda and water may be applied over the bitten
area for soothing.Over-the-counter
of 1% hydrocortisone and oral antihistamines
may be used to
reduce itching. Using an ice compress will relieve swelling.
, tea tree oil, lavender
tincture are some of the
natural ingredients that have been suggested as home remedies for flea bites.