Flea Bites

Flea BitesFleas like to feed off the blood of cats, dogs or people.  While fleas are far from deadly, their bites are extremely itchy and will affect dogs, cats and people.

Common symptoms of flea bites are:

A flea bite will agitate and aggravate the skin.  Flea bites itch because they cause an allergic reaction with the skin.  Generally this reaction just results in little swollen bumps on the skin; a very similar skin reaction to that of mosquito bites.  However, sensitivity to flea bites varies between people; children are often more sensitive and may have a more severe reaction.  In sensitive people the bite is often surrounded by a “halo” of red, irritated skin.

Common treatments for flea bites:

  • To help relieve itching you can get a over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream.
  • You can also help relieve itching by
    • Washing the area with antiseptic soap (to reduce the risk of infection).
    • Use an ice pack to help keep swelling down.
    • Use anesthetic creams, calamine lotion or similar creams to treat itching.

Flea Bites on Humans: Where do humans generally get bitten?

Flea Bites on HumansHuman flea bites generally happen in areas of tight clothing, like the lower legs and around the waist.

Where do fleas come from?

Household pets such as cats and dogs are usually the main carriers of fleas in the United States.

Pets and their bedding should be kept clean to help control flea problems.  Once a pet brings fleas in it will most certainly affect the other members of the household if the problem is not taken care of quickly.

Some More Flea Bite Pictures

Flea Bite Pictures (back closeup) Dog Flea Bites

Flea Bite on the Legs