Our Tips To Help You Win The Fight Against Fleas

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covered everything there is to know about fleas and dogs. With our help, we hope that you’re pretty well-versed on dog flea treatments. From flea collars to topical ointments, you’ve got lots of options for your pup. Now that we’ve got that taken care of, it’s time to cover another hot topic – fleas on humans. One question we often hear is “Can humans get fleas from dogs?”. Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding yes.

We’ve mentioned before that fleas are attracted to warm-blooded mammals – AKA dogs, cats, and humans. Humans don’t have tons of hair for fleas to hide in, so we don’t need a special comb to scour for them. But they’re still more than happy to bite us for blood. Flea bites are pretty noticeable on human skin, so you’ll see them fairly quickly Before you panic over this unfortunate problem, take a deep breath and know that flea bites on humans are treatable.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of fleas, we’ve got plenty of information for you! Below you’ll find all that you need to know about fleas on humans. You’ll be happy to know that finding relief is pretty easy, and you can take measures to stop fleas from returning to attack again. Use this information to relieve your flea bite symptoms, rid your home of fleas, and much more.

Symptoms Of Fleas On Humans

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this point, you are likely wondering how to tell if you have fleas – especially if your furry friend was recently infested. As we mentioned above, you likely don’t need medical treatment for your flea bites (though allergic reactions are possible). It’s also fairly easy to know whether or not you’ve been bitten by fleas. Look out for these signs and symptoms, as they are popular indicators of a flea problem:

  • red bumps on your skin, especially on your ankles and legs
  • red bumps that turn white when you press on them
  • itchiness on or around the bumps
  • two to four bumps (bites) that appear in a group or a straight line

If you have these symptoms and you’ve recently been around an animal with fleas, there’s a good chance they’ve preyed on you. The good news is that you don’t need rigorous treatment like your furry friend does whenever he gets attacked by fleas. Flea bites on humans are itchy, frustrating, and inconvenient, but they don’t usually need medical treatment. Simply treating the annoying symptoms should do the trick. Of course, you’ll need to treat your home for fleas – but we’ll cover that in just a bit!

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How To Treat Fleas On Humans

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  • Use calamine lotion to alleviate the itching and pain. Caladryl Lotion is popular, inexpensive, and effective. You’ve likely seen in before in first aid kits; it’s often a bright pink, thick liquid applied to mosquito bites and similar bites. Simply use it as directed to get immediate relief from those annoying flea bites. Aloe vera gel is another option for quickly stopping your itching, and it’s an all-natural solution, too. Additionally, aloe vera is very hydrating, so you don’t have to worry about drying out your skin.
  • Use hydrocortisone to relieve itching and reduce redness. Hydrocortisone is a very inexpensive topical steroid that’s used for bug bites, rashes, and many other types of skin conditions. It’s also available without a prescription, so you can get it as quickly as you’d like. Though it usually comes in cream form, you can get a hydrocortisone spray for mess-free application. You can also get it with a lip-balm like applicator to get precise application without getting any of the ointment elsewhere.
  • Use a hand sanitizing spray often to avoid spreading bacteria to the flea bites. This may sound odd but think about all of the bacteria that gets on your hands during the day. From petting your dog to touching doorknobs, you collect bacteria that you may accidentally spread to your flea bites. We suggest using Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray. Unlike common alcohol-based sanitizers, this is not going to leave your hands feeling dry. Of course, it’s also best to avoid touching your flea bites as much as possible! But we understand the urge to scratch.
  • Take an oral antihistamine to relieve itching. The product we linked, Diphenhydramine, is the active ingredient in Benadryl. So while it can certainly eliminate itching, it is very likely to make you drowsy. It may be best to use this in the evening or before you go to bed. Always use caution after taking any antihistamines that make you sleepy.  If you want non-drowsy relief, use topical Benadryl instead. It gets the job done without making you fall asleep standing up! 

Relax in an oatmeal bath to soothe itching and redness. Simply add the suggested amount to a warm bath, and soak for as long as you’d like. Oatmeal is well-known for protecting skin and providing quick relief from itchy hives, insect bites, and more. You can also use a lotion made from colloidal oatmeal to get relief throughout the day. This Aveeno lotion is designed for infants with rashes, so it’s ultra gentle and effective all at once.

How To Treat Fleas In Your Home

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that we’ve got some flea bites on humans treatments covered, it’s time to move on to treating your home. When you and your furry friend are bitten by fleas, they’re lurking in your home. Even if you can’t see them, adult fleas, eggs, and larvae may be scattered throughout your house. This sounds like a nightmare, but you can take care of it fairly easily. Learning how to get rid of fleas is an important part of making sure they don’t keep bothering you.

  • Use a flea killing spray on your rugs, carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics. This product is designed to produce a fine mist that evenly covers every surface that you spray. One can of Zoecon Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray can cover up to 2,000 cubic feet. You can also use it on wood floors, dog kennels, and other places that fleas may be residing.
  • Sprinkle a flea killing powder on your furniture and carpets before you vacuum. Powders like this one are super easy to use and very cost-effective. This particular one prevents flea re-infestation for up to a year. Sprinkle it on your carpet and floors, and let it set for as long as the directions state. Then simply vacuum it up and you’re good to go! Some dog owners suggest wearing a mask while you sprinkle this product to avoid inhalation.
Vet's Best - Flea & Tick Home Spray

You have dozens of different options for killing fleas in your home. There are many highly-rated flea home sprayswipes, and powders that are affordable and effective. Check out your options and see which one suits you best. We’re confident you’ll find a product or two that will help you totally eliminate adult fleas, eggs, and larvae from your home.

Further Flea Prevention For You and Your Home

Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo With Oatmeal

We’ve

answered the question “Can fleas get on humans?” and provided some options for self-care. We’ve also talked about how to get rid of any fleas that are currently in your home. Now it’s time to talk about how to prevent fleas from re-infesting your home. The last thing you want is a flea infestation that will bother you and your dog. Fortunately, you can do a few things to keep fleas off of your dog, which can keep them off of you!

  • Set up some flea traps around your home to catch any stray fleas. Flea traps use methods like heat and light to entice and trap fleas. They can draw out fleas from their hiding spots in your home. If you want full coverage, buy a flea trap for each room in your home. They are affordable and can give you great peace of mind!
  • Use a flea shampoo when you give your dog a bath, especially if he shows signs of fleas. This gentle Sentry shampoo has oatmeal to nourish your dog’s skin and coat, and it will kill fleas and eggs if they are on your dog. Having a bottle of this on hand for doggy bath time is a great way to prevent or kill fleas every time you bathe your pup.
  • Buy a flea collar for your dog to wear. Flea collars contain insecticides that repel fleas from your pup on a 24/7 basis. When fleas stay away from your dog, they stay away from you! You can even choose a collar with natural and herbal flea repellants for your furry friend to wear. If you order a flea collar online, make sure you know which size is best for your dog.

Is There Anything Else To Know?

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we mentioned above, you usually don’t need to seek medical treatment if you have flea bites. However, there are some exceptions to this. There is a small possibility of contracting illnesses such as secondary bacterial infections from flea bites. If you experience any of these symptoms or signs, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a physician as soon as possible:

  • A rash develops around the flea bites.
  • There is pus coming from the flea bites.
  • The itching is not resolved by using over-the-counter products.
  • The flea bites turn into blisters.
  • An infection occurs due to excessively scratching your flea bites.
  • The flea bites do not go away within a couple of weeks.

As long as you don’t experience symptoms like this, you should be feeling better fairly quickly! Just make sure that your dog and your home are thoroughly treated for fleas. You want your dog to stay comfortable and happy, and you definitely want to prevent a re-infestation. Breathe easy and try some of the remedies mentioned above to alleviate your irritating itching. Then make sure to take all of the following steps – that’s the most crucial part in banishing fleas! With this information to help you out, we’re confident you can make your home a flea-free zone.