If you have ever kept a pet dog or a cat, you know a flea problem can be troublesome and irritating, to say the least. Dogs and cats and other pets get fleas quite often so there is nothing uncommon about that, but when humans start getting fleas it can become quite messy. Once you get fleas from your pets, it takes a lot of effort and many measures to completely get rid of the problem. As someone who has had to deal with this nuisance, I can tell you a lot about fleas on humans, the symptoms, and how you can completely get rid of them. The first sign that you or someone else has fleas is itching and appearance of small insect bites over the body, especially in the skin folds and back of the legs and elbows. These insect bite marks are itchy and if you press them they become white, which is one of the most telling signs of fleas on the body.
The first and the most important step is to make sure that your dog or cat is completely free of fleas since fleas on humans keep on appearing till the pet is completely clean. There are certain shampoos and sprays that are very effective in keeping your pets free from fleas and ticks. If you are not sure, you can always ask the vet to advise you so that you can buy the appropriate product.
One thing you have to remember is that if you get fleas, they are everywhere in your house – the bed, the sofa, the chairs, the carpet. So what you need to do is get someone to spray insecticides in your house so that you can get rid of all the fleas. This will have to be an extensive spraying process as you will have to make sure that none of the fleas are left afterwards and your home – and everything in it- is completely clean. You might even have to repeat the procedure a couple of times to make sure that it worked. If you have children at home, it might be advisable to go over to someone else’s place or stay in a motel for a couple of nights so that your family is not affected by the spray.
Fleas on humans can cause a lot of itching and scratching and people who have them will be extremely uncomfortable. If you feel that the itching is getting a little too much and is impossible for you to bear, you can try a hydrocortisone cream which will help redness and the itchiness subside and offer some level of comfort. There are also some anti-allergy pills which can help reduce the effects of the flea bites; however you need to check with your doctor before you can take anything like this.
Once your home is cleared of all the fleas, make sure that you take every step possible to save your pets from fleas as they are the reasons we get fleas on humans.