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Flea bite in humans: recognition, symptoms and treatment

  1. You can recognize a flea bite in humans by the symptoms of a small bump with a central and blood-colored tip and itching and pain. Fleas are parasitic insects found all over the world. Fleas feed on the blood of humans and animals. The flea bite is typically a red spot with a small blood-colored point in the center. A flea bite can cause a lot of itching because of the strong antigenic effect of flea saliva. It is important to resist the urge to scratch. Scratching only causes more misery. Treatment for a flea bite is not necessary. The itchy spots will disappear on their own. If desired, severe itching can be treated with oral antihistamines (an antihistamine suppressing allergic reactions) or an ointment. Ask your doctor for advice. You can also use vinegar, calamine lotion and tea tree oil for a flea bite. Flea bites in humans are in principle not dangerous, unless there is an allergy to the flea.


  1. Types of fleas Fleas (Siphonaptera) are parasitic insects found all over the world. Several thousand types of fleas have been described. In the Netherlands, the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is most common, followed by the dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis). The human flea (Pulex irritans

Fleas are easy to spot!

  1. Fleas are small, brown parasitic springers with a distinctive high and narrow body (see photo). Do you want to distinguish the different types of fleas? Well, there are more than 50 types of fleas in the Netherlands and it is no easy task to distinguish them from each other. That is microscopic specialist work, which we will not tire the reader with.

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Flea Facts

  1. Fleas jump 350 times their body length eggs can lie for 1.5 years without hatching the flea's pupa comes out due to vibrations a flea can go without blood for 6 months

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