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Can Fleas Live On Humans?

These creepy crawlies are generally something that should be avoided; yet, about 60 percent of households in the United States of America have pets. Not to mention, about half of these pets, especially dogs, get to share beds with their owners. This puts you at a greater risk for incurring flea bites.

Knowing whether or not fleas can live on humans is not enough. You also need to know how to effectively treat these bites and what you should do to prevent it from happening again.

Keep in mind that there are so many types of flea species. For dogs, these typically carry fleas that can jump on humans and bite us but cannot necessarily live on us. Dog fleas need dog blood to survive. Furthermore, since we are not hairy enough, we cannot provide dog fleas with ample coverage or an environment that is warm enough for them to thrive upon.

Even though ( dog fleas cannot live on us , there is still a need to properly identify them because their bites can still be dangerous to humans. The good news is that flea bites are very distinctive. These remain small, unlike that of a mosquito bite. Furthermore, you'll notice a red halo around the bite's center and the bites would often be in groups of three or four in a straight line. Also, flea bites tend to appear around your legs or ankles.

As soon as you detect a flea bite on you, wash the area with soap and warm water. You can also apply an anti-itch cream to help reduce the inflammation. Much like every other itch, resist the temptation to scratch it so that the healing process will be much quicker.

However, the best way to avoid flea bites is to provide flea treatment for your pet. Flea bites on dogs can cause irritation that can lead to ( hot spots . It may even cause anemia in cases of heavy infestations. Remember, these fleas can carry several diseases, including that of the bubonic plague.

A flea bite or two on humans is already considered a rare case. But if you do spot flea bites on yourself or your pet, immediately initiate treatment. Furthermore, have your dog undergo a fecal examination just to be sure.

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Date:Jul 29, 2019
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