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Cat Fleas On Humans – Is It a Problem

Cat Fleas On Humans – Is It a Problem?

There are different types of fleas in the world but cat fleas are the most common. Fleas are tiny insects that cause great discomfort and annoyance to animals and owners at large. People get fleas on themselves from their pets. Cats, dogs, and owners start to itch as soon as they are in contact with fleas.

close up of a flea

If you have pets in your house, make sure that you regularly clean the house to prevent fleas. They can thrive in places such as sofas, rugs, furniture, and carpets. Do not be surprised if you happen to find them in your bed if you do not change your bed sheets often.

Scientists say that fleas can thrive even in spotless homes. Flea eggs can survive for long periods of time. So, if your home happens to get flea eggs at the start of winter, those eggs can survive to the start of summer. They do this is because they like heat.

Fleas are very common and they can infest both the dogs and the cats. They are tiny, wingless, black, or dark brown, and six-legged insects. Fleas can jump to heights that are about 200 times farther than their body size.

Cat fleas bite because they feed on the host’s blood. They can bite on both pets and owners. They are likely to suck or bite more when the host is sleeping. Fleas do not live on humans but if someone is handling a pet infested with fleas then they can get bites from fleas.

Signs and Symptoms of Flea Bites

People react to cat flea bites differently. Some are sensitive to the bite while others are not as much. When feeding, fleas excrete saliva that causes allergic reactions, skin lesions, and severe itching. The bites on us appear as tiny, red, and itchy bumps. Someone is likely to get flea bites on their ankles and lower legs, waistline, groin, or armpits.

Continuous scratching on the place where you are bitten can cause secondary bacterial infections. If you happen to feel itchy and there are small red spots that are in clusters, then this is likely a flea bite.

The following are the most common symptoms and signs of flea bites on you:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Sore
  • Painful

If one has an allergic reaction because of flea bites, he or she may exhibit the symptoms such as:

  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath.

Types of Diseases Caused By Cat Fleas

Fleas pose risks to cats and the homeowners. People are more likely to get a skin rash, but in some cases, they transmit diseases. Fleas can transmit diseases such as plague, Murine Typhus, tapeworm, or cause an allergic reaction.

Murine Typhus

Infection with Murine Typhus is mostly found in mice and rats, but it is also common in cats. If one contracts this disease then they will have medical issues such as fever, headaches,abdominal pain, and nausea. After a week, one may start getting rashes on the body’s midsection. Owners can get this disease after getting bites from infected fleas or if there is exposure to their excrements.

One should request help from a physician as they are best suited to deal with this disease. Treatment is available and most patients respond and heal from this quickly.

Tapeworms

Tapeworms are parasites that are found in dogs and cats. Fleas can carry the tapeworm, and when children ingest cat fleas that have tapeworm larvae, they are infected. Even people with a weakened immune system can get tapeworms if they accidentally ingest a flea.

Symptoms of tapeworms include loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss. In kids, the most obvious sign of tapeworm infection is the presence of proglottid, or a segment of a tapeworm, stage of development in a child’s stool.

Treatment involves several courses of  medication necessary to get rid of tapeworms from their body. We recommend  Naturpet D Wormer as a natural dewormer that has been proven to be effective.

Plague

Cats can get the plague bacteria from eating infected rodents or from fleas of dead infected rodents. Therefore, when the cats get into the house, the fleas end up biting the homeowners and transmitting the disease. The good news is that plague is a very rare disease. Symptoms include headaches, sore throat, abdominal pain, and fever.

Allergic Reactions

The most common problem of cat fleas in human beings is the allergic reactions. Flea Bites are mostly found on the ankles, legs, and feet, and they cause red and itchy rashes. Allergic reactions are such as severe itching, hives, and swelling.

Allergic reactions are not life-threatening, but they can cause distress and discomfort. The most common method of treatment is the use of over the counter antihistamines or prescription drugs depending on the severity of the allergic reaction.

Cat Scratch Disease

The cat scratch disease is caused by a bacterium known as Bartonella henselae. People contract it after getting scratched from an infected cat.  Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, and headaches.

If one has a weak immune system, the severity can be higher. It is usually more common in children and adolescents.

How To Treat Flea Bites

If you think that you have flea bites, wash the part using an antibacterial soap. When cleaning the affected area use cold water because hot water will make the itching worse. After drying the area, apply hydrocortisone cream or a calamine lotion to stop or reduce the itching.

In severe cases, doctors will prescribe medications depending on the severity. Excessive scratching may cause wounds making you prone to bacterial infections. Therefore, refrain from scratching the area.

How To Get Rid of Fleas

Make sure that your cat does not get fleas by getting Advantage II Flea Treatment. At the same time, you should treat your home and garden too. In order, to prevent re-infestation from eggs, call an exterminator to handle the issue and vacuum often.

Thanks for taking the time to  read about Cat Fleas On Humans – Is It a Problem. I hope we have provided a valuable resource for you. Please take a moment to  leave a comment below.

 

Thanks,

Stephen

Founder of LoveEachPet.com

Stephen

9 Comments

  1. Hi Stephen,
    I’m a “cat” person. Used to have a white Persian cat until recently. I remember sometimes I felt itchy and scratched myself thinking “does it have anything to do with my cat? ”
    Thank you for sharing this helpful information. It gives a good direction to any pet owner who has concerns about cat fleas.

    • Thanks for stopping By my site, Be sure to return often as w update our articles on an ongoing basis.

    • Thanks, Mary for leaving a comment. I know the feeling well thinking that you feel something on your arm or leg and then you start the scratching process. The feeling doesn’t usually last too long but the main thing is to make sure your cats are treated for fleas and your problems should go away. Have a good one!

    • Thanks, Miguel, hope you found the information about fleas you were looking for.

  2. Thanks for your informational post. I have been most fortunate, as have never had to deal with fleas in all my years of having pets. Maybe the Alaska climate helps. I am sure, though, that your article will prove helpful to many people who do have a flea problem to deal with. I also plan to look at your other articles on cats. Thanks for putting this information online.

    • I agree with you on the cold weather and fleas. I lived in Colorado and we never had to deal with fleas. Some of my family live in South Texas and it seems to be an ongoing problem. Thanks for stopping in.

  3. Hey, Stephen!

    Thank you for the informative post, I sincerely appreciate it!
    I had no idea that flea bites can cause allergic reactions like that, or that they can transmit disease. Wow.
    My cat definitely has some of these as he’s been scratching like crazy lately, I will make a good use of the product you recommended, thank you.
    And I will definitely need to do some vacuum more often.

    Cheers and have a great one!
    Matiss

    • Cats are a joy to have around but it is very important for you and your cats to be taken care of. As long as you treat your cat on a regular basis, you should have nothing to worry about, Have a great Day!

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