Cat Fleas on Humans


Cat Fleas on Humans

Out of the several existing species of fleas, Ctenocephalides felis or cat flea is most commonly found in homes. These are tiny bloodsucking parasites that attack warm-blooded vertebrates. No wonder, a flea infestation is common in homes with pets. While the adult fleas latch onto the body of the host, drawing blood in order to grow, the larval population feed on the dried blood or organic matter.

Due to their flattened bodies, the adult fleas can easily hide in the pet's fur. A flea infestation can be a very annoying problem for most pet owners. The saliva of these parasites is allergenic in nature, and could cause a skin condition called flea allergic dermatitis. This condition is characterized by itching. If you find your cat scratching persistently, you must check for fleas immediately.

Can cat fleas live on humans? Well, fleas don't live on humans but if you are handling a cat or a dog that is infested by these parasites, you might get bitten by them.

If cat fleas are removed from their animal host or if that host proves an insufficient food source, cat fleas often will bite humans on the lower legs, leaving round, red spots. Today, most cat flea bites result in minor itchiness and discomfort on humans.

After receiving a flea bite, if possible refrain from scratching the affected area. Calamine lotion and anesthetic creams can be used to address itching, while ice packs lessen swelling caused by a cat flea bite. To reduce risk of infection, wash the cat flea bites with antiseptic soap. Antihistamines may also be administered.

Some individuals may experience allergic reactions when bitten by a cat flea. Symptoms of an allergy include excessive itching and secondary infections. Individuals experiencing allergic reactions should stay away from infected areas and pets until treatment proves effective.

If symptoms are more severe, a doctor should be contacted immediately. A medical professional should also be consulted if you suspect that a cat flea bite has become infected.

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