Fleas on Humans
Treatment of fleas on humans differs than fleas on a dog,
see Flea treatment remedies for human flea bites and how to keep your
house and pet Flea free.
The only species of Flea that lives on
humans is known as Pulex irritans, and this Flea feeds
on human blood.
Fleas carry and can spread
diseases such as Tapeworms, Murine typhus, and in
certain parts of the world, Bubonic plague.
Fleas are dark brown to black in color, are very tiny and are
the shape of a teardrop.
Most often you won't have a Flea biting skin on your head,
but Fleas do live in the hair on your head.
Most of the time Fleas will bite your arms and legs,
especially in the folds of your arm and knees. Fleas like
moisture. You might also find Flea bites on your back, waist
ankles and armpits. Flea bites on people tend to be 2 to 3 bites
in a row, rather than a bite here and there. Flea bites on
humans form a red lump that itches like crazy.
Once in a while a red halo forms around the lump. If you're
one of those people that's allergic to Flea saliva, watch out
for whole body itching sensation from Flea allergy dermatitis.
Adults and children with a severe reaction to a Flea bite may
scratch the bites until open sores are developed. An allergic
reaction will normally develop within 12 to 24 hours after the
Flea has bitten you.
If you experience an allergic reaction to Flea bites,
(allergic dermatitis) you might have an outbreak of hives that
surround the entire bite area. The Hives may become swollen and
sensitive. Do Not scratch! If you do - things will only get
Treatment for Flea bites on
humans is different than for dogs and cats. Don't use Flea killers
meant for pets on yourself because either you'll get
really sick, or they
just won't work. There are home remedies for human Flea
bites you can try - if they don't relieve the Flea bite
area, then you should consult with a physician.
How to Treat a Human Flea Bite
Flea bites with an antiseptic soap to prevent infection.
Follow with a cold compress or ice pack to reduce
swelling. To reduce itching - apply a topical solution such as
0.5% or 1% hydrocortisone cream or calamine
lotion. A natural option to these is to mix baking soda
with a small amount of water until it forms a semi-thick
pasty consistency. You'll have to apply the baking soda
mixture to the Flea Bite area five to six times per day.
Other things you can do to reduce Flea Bite pain and/or itching
is to take Benadryl liquid or capsules, and use a cotton ball
soaked in Hydrogen Peroxide to clean the bite area.
Do Not scratch your Flea bites, as the bite area will
start bleeding and lead to scars. Scratching can
also lead to an infection. If your flea bite areas worsen or
if you notice a discharge oozing from the bites -
contact a physician as soon as possible.