Flea Bites On Humans

What does a flea bite look like & What are the Flea Bite Symptoms

Before going on the discuss about flea bites and if you are wondering what are fleas, here is a simple definition of flea:

Fleas are by definition a blood-sucking insect, which feeds on animals. Fleas are tiny, running from 1/16 to 1/8-inch long, are dark brown, wingless. They have flat shell-like body, and have three pairs of legs. Their skinny flatness allows them to move easily between hairs or fur on an animal's body. Their hind legs are powerful, propelling them upwards to as much as seven inches and horizontally up to thirteen inches

Flea bites on people are often mistaken as allergy, insect bites, and mosquito’s bites or even as measles. Here are a few interesting questions about human flea bites that were asked in some discussion groups:

“Could anyone tell me what does a flea bite look like? My daughter has got the rashes all over her arm and leg.  They started out as small bumps and then got bigger.  She has already had chickenpox”

“I have these itchy rash all over my legs. It looks like measles. I have a dog that at home. Are these flea bites?”

Most flea bites on humans occur around the ankles and legs. Depending upon individual sensitivity, the irritation from the bites may last from a few minutes to a few hours or even days. The typical flea bite may appear as a small, hard, red, slightly raised or swollen itching area. There is a single puncture point in the center of the red spot. Ants and spiders leave two tiny puncture points when they bite. Bed bugs, bees, wasp, and mosquitoes leave a large swelling or welt. With some magnification, one may be able to identify what bit us.

A flea bites by using its jaws to cut through skin, usually on accessible parts of the body such as the legs or feet. Flea saliva injected into a wound during feeding is the cause of allergic reactions seen in some people. However, others may find themselves relatively unaffected. Depending on the sensitivity of the person's skin, the reaction can range from an individual itching weal to a rash localized around the feeding site. Flea bites on kids tend to be more severe than affected adults.

So what are the dangers of flea bites? Do they carry diseases?

Flea bites may also transmit pathogens that cause disease in people as well as other animals. Cat and dog fleas are intermediate hosts for a tapeworm, Dipylidum Canimum. If fleas infected with this tapeworm are accidentally eaten, it will infect pets as well as people (especially children). Flea bites has also been reported to transmit a disease call Murine Typhus, a mild form of typhus. An infected person experiences headaches, loss of appetite, malaise and a rapid rise in temperature with fever, chills, marked prostration and nausea. Four to six days later a rash appears over most of the body. During the Middle Ages, flea was also responsible for the bubonic plague, which causes the death of millions of people

Want to see how flea bites really look like? The section on "Pictures of Flea Bites" provides you with some good pictures of human flea bites.


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