What is a Flea Bite?
Fleabites are pretty distinctive. They remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a flea bites you, you may see a red round bump.
What is a Flea?
Fleas are tiny, irritating insects. Their bites are itchy and sometimes painful, and getting rid of them is hard. Sometimes professional pest control treatment may be required.
Fleas reproduce quickly, especially if you have pets in the household. But 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.
Why Flea Bite Me?
Fleas are attracted to certain chemical makeups. The skin secretions and gas emissions vary from person to person, which could potentially make some people more preferable for fleas.
One reason for this selective attraction could be that not everyone has the same chemical makeup. Skin secretions and gas emissions such as carbon dioxide vary among individuals. Also, some people are allergic to the saliva secreted by fleas. A person with a moderate or severe allergic reaction would notice more bites than a person who is not allergic.
Symptoms of Flea Bite?
Fleabites exhibit several common symptoms. They are very itchy, and the skin around each bite may become sore or painful. And you may experience hives or develop a rash near the site of a bite.
Additionally, excessive scratching can further damage the skin and a secondary bacterial infection can develop.
Avoid scratching if you can, and monitor your bite areas for signs of an infection, including white-topped blisters or a rash.
You may see one or more of the following:
- 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
- Fleabites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees
Remedies of Flea Bite?
Fleabites will go away without treatment. However, in order to stop being bitten 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 has been deployed.
Do-it-yourself home treatments are available for fleas, but if they do not work, you may need to seek professional help.
To relieve the symptoms of fleabites, try 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.