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Flea bites

While flea bites on people can cause distress and discomfort, your pets often suffer much more. You may notice your dog or cat scratch frantically trying to bite the fleas in their fur. 

A flea bite is not particularly painful, but you will often be aware as soon as you have been bitten. You may develop some itchiness around the bite though, which could become uncomfortable, depending on your sensitivity. 

Flea bites are marked by a tiny dark spot surrounded by a reddened area, but the swelling is less pronounced than with other insect bites. A single flea will often bite two or three times in the same area in search of blood. 

The flea bite is usually felt immediately, but it does not particularly hurt. It is the itchiness that results from the body’s reaction that causes discomfort.

Infants are at higher risk from being bitten by fleas particularly when playing on the floor. They also tend to be more sensitive than adults to flea bites.

After several flea bites, some people develop an allergic sensitivity to the being bitten leading to an itchy rash or eczema. Consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment. 

While fleas cause humans distress, pets are often much more affected by flea bites. See how to prevent flea infestation.

What Do Flea Bites Look Like?

Flea bites are very distinctive. Their bite marks are small, unlike mosquito bites. Here some visible signs of a flea bite:

  • 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 (their most likely location)

  • Flea bites are also common around the waist, underarms, in the folds of the elbows and knees

There are many other signs of flea infestation. To protect your family and pets, you need to identify the flea and take action quickly. 

Bites of different kinds of bugs
Bites of different kinds of bugs

What Are the Symptoms of a Flea Bite?

Flea bites exhibit several common symptoms. They are very itchy, and the skin around each bite may become sore or painful. You may experience hives or develop a rash near the site of a bite. Additionally, excessive itching can lead to an infection. 

It is important to know more about the facts of flea infestation.

How to Identify Flea Bites

How to find the bitten site?

There are small black spots on the skin lesions, and the surrounding redness and swelling are smaller than those caused by other insect bites.

Where is the bite wound?

Fleas often bite people's feet or lower legs. Fleas generally jump up and feed from pets, carpets, bedding or furniture.

Immediately feel bitten

A flea bites the same spot two or three times, so it's usually felt right away after being bitten by a flea.

Painless at first

Getting bitten by a flea is not very painful. But it will cause discomfort due to the body's itching response.

Who is more likely to be bitten?

Babies are more likely to be bitten by fleas, especially when they are playing on rugs or mats. They are also more sensitive to bites.

You should consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment if you develop an itchy rash or eczema. These are common symptoms of an allergic reaction to flea bites. We also advise you to consult your vet if there are any signs of irritation such as reddening of the skin or there are any thin patches in your pet’s coat.

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