Beside infesting and sucking off blood from your pets, flea bites on people too. Among all insects’ bites, flea bites on people are one of the most commonly seen.
Human can be bitten by a variety of fleas namely the dog flea, cat flea or the human flea. Fleas use their jaws to cut through the skin and then excrete their saliva containing enzymes and anticoagulant. The anticoagulant will prevents blood from clotting and enable the fleas to suck on the blood. The enzymes excreted cause all the allergic reactions seen on people.
What do flea bites look like?
Human flea bites generally occur along the ankles and lower portions of the legs. A flea bite can usually be described as a red spot accompanied by a halo of redness that can last for several hours depending on one’s reaction to it. It may causes a slight irritation or itch in some people while others with extreme allergies will sometimes break out into hives and have excessive swelling. Children tend to have more sensitive skin and as such, flea bites seen in children are usually more severe than in adults.
Treating Flea Bites
Before you run to your family doctor to seek medical treatment, here are some home treatments for flea bites that you may try especially if it’s just a mild case of allergy.
1. Wash affected area with a mild antiseptic soap or detergent
2. Put an ice pack over the affect area. This will help in reducing swelling and inflammation
3. Apply some calamine lotion to relieve the itch
4. A mild steroid cream like hydrocortisone which are easily available from a local pharmacy will be useful in relieving the swellings and itch more rapidly.
As always, prevention is better than cure. Fleas breed at a rapid rate and getting rid of fleas can be an uphill task. Flea control requires an integrated plan, which involves treating your pets, entire house, backyards and gardens. All these require both great efforts and persistence but will be all worthwhile when you get to finally declare your home flea free and bites free!
If there is something in the world that you can't think of any positive attributes to describe, it will be pests. Pests are very much unwanted. They are harmful to humans and animals. Fleas are considered as pests. They are commonly found in animals like dogs and cats. However, they can infest people as well. Fortunately, there are so many things that you can do to get rid of these parasites. You can choose between commercial products or home remedies. Both are effective, although the former can be more costly. If interested to try home remedies for fleas, here are some anti-fleas regimens that you can do at home.
Liquid soaps are predominantly used in the kitchen as it can remove hard to wash grease and soils. But did you know that liquid soaps are also very effective in killing fleas? Yes, liquid soaps particularly Dawn Lemon Scented Liquid soap is a fantastic repellent and flea killer. To use as flea killer, mix the soap in a basin of warm water. Bathe your dog. Make sure that you wear clean gloves before you wash your pet to protect yourself from fleas.
Flea Free Diet
Prevention is very important. One way to prevent fleas from infesting your dog is to add garlic to your pet's meals. Adding Sulphur to their diet at least once a week can greatly help as well. Black Walnut Hulls are also good for pets because it help repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. You can buy Black Walnut Hulls in capsule form. They are available in several health food stores and even online.
Herbs are very powerful in combating fleas. Some of the most effective herbs to get rid of fleas are rosemary, lavender, pine cedar, eucalypus and geranium. Find a commercial shampoo that contain these herbs in your local grocery or search online.
Always don clean gloves when bathing your pet. Pour small amount of shampoo to your hands and build it up carefully by rubbing your hands together. This is important to note. As soon as the shampoo gets in contact with the dog's fur, predictably fleas will try to escape. The soapy border will trap and kill the fleas that are trying to get out. So after creating a soapy lather, proceed to washing your pet. Pay special attention to the neck and head area. To achieve its maximum effect, be certain that you leave the shampoo for at least fifteen minutes before rinsing. Rinse your pet carefully and dry well especially when it is chilly and cold to avoid draft.
Vinegar is a common kitchen ingredient. Add vinegar to your pet's bath and you'll see that the flea count is greatly reduced.
Use Avon's Skin So Soft
According to researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Avon's Skin So Soft is a fantastic flea repellant. Avon's Skin So Soft is available in the leading groceries and online stores. Make a bath solution. Carefully mix 1 ½ ounces of Avon's Skin So Soft bath oil to a gallon of water. Soak your dog in this special bath. Based on the study, a considerable 40 percent drop in the flea count was observed after using this remedy in just one day.
As a pet owner, you need to be responsible in looking after your pet's health. Surely, fleas are hard to get rid of. But still, you should never take it for granted as fleas are very harmful. Try the home remedies above and see which one works for your pet. Good luck.
7 Tips to Controlling Your Dog's Fleas
Spots was playing with Tippy, our neighbor's dog happily in the backyard. It was dinner's time and Spot came running home. Something just doesn't seem right about Spot.
She was scratching feverishly and could not stop through out the night. This scratching continues for couple of days more and it got worse. She started biting off patches of her fur, exposing raw inflamed skin throughout her body.
Does this sound all too familiar to you?
That's right, Spot has brought home a tiny friend and this friend of hers is the cause of all her misery. I guess you all may already know what's her name. Yes, it's "Fleas" and Spot is suffering from dog flea bites!
When flea bites, they excrete salvia which causes an allergic reaction in some dogs leading to skin eruption characterized by a red-spot surrounded by a reddened halo. It's accompanied with itch causing increased scratching resulting in hair loss, crust and erosions of the skin and pimple-like bumps. In severe cases, the skin becomes thicken and darkened. Hot spots may develop which appear as red oozing sores causing immense pain to your pet. (See some flea bite pictures)
Often, flea bites are most commonly found in areas like the lower back or tail and the thighs or abdomen areas.
Treatment of dog's flea bites depends on the severity of the allergic reaction.
Here are some simple home remedies for flea bites:
1. Bath your dog to keep it clean and prevent secondary infection. Always bath it with cold water and never use hot or warm water. Cold water will help in alleviating the inflammation as well as the itch while warm or hot water tend to stimulate itch.
2. Use fresh aloe vera juice to apply to the inflamed skin. Aloe vera has a soothing effect and it also promotes wound healing.
3. Supplement its diet with fatty acid like flaxseed oil, which has an anti-inflammatory effect.
In chronic cases, where the condition is bad and your dog is suffering from the constant intense itch, a visit to your vet may be necessary. Your vet may prescribe a steroid cream or a steroid jab and administer an anti-histamine to bring about a more rapid relief for your dog.
There are many natural products that are useful for treating dog flea bites. Check out Part 2 of this article on "Flea Bite Treatment."