Cat Flea Bites on Humans

Cat Flea Bites on Humans

Since the saliva of these parasites contains several types of allergens, your pet may develop an allergic reaction due to a flea bite. The symptoms include severe itching, hair loss, weakness, lethargy and anemia. Besides painful itching, flea bites can also lead to secondary infections.

In a home that is infested with fleas, one must check the carpets and pet bedding. A large number of fleas may be present on rugs and bedding. As the infestation becomes severe, these bloodsucking parasites could even latch on to pet owners while they handle their pet. These could jump from the carpets or bedding and bite the pet owners.

The flea bites on humans appear as tiny red-colored itchy bumps. These bumps usually develop on the ankles and lower legs. If one is allergic to their saliva, one may develop an allergic reaction. It could cause skin rashes, localized or generalized itching or hives in some people. Scratching on the affected area can also cause secondary bacterial infections. Fleas can also act as carriers of certain diseases. If your pet seems to be exhibiting the aforementioned symptoms, take all the necessary precautions while handling your pet.

While flea bites cause little damage in small numbers, cat fleas can transmit murine typhus to humans. Cat fleas are also intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm. Some hosts develop allergic reactions to flea bites, resulting in flea allergy dermatitis. If the infestation is severe and the host is particularly small, the animal may become anemic.

In order to control a cat flea infestation, the host animal, home and yard must all be treated. Specially-formulated pet shampoos containing pyrethrins, carbamates and citrus peel derivatives can be effective. Topical creams may also be administered to bite wounds.

Floors should be cleaned and fabrics should be washed. Areas indoors can also be treated with spray insecticides, containing pyrethroids or methoprene. Several other products may also be selected for outside use.

The use of chemicals is best left to trained professionals, so contact your local pest control professional to discuss treatment options.

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