Treating Flea Bites
Treating flea bites properly is important if you want to protect your family and yourself from disease. Fleas are carriers of several types of disease, some of which can be fatal. By making certain that you properly treat any bites you do suffer from, you can prevent an inconvenience from turning into something much worse.
The first step in treating flea bites is to clean the wound and apply some form of anti-itch medication. There are many products on the market that address mosquito bites, and these can be used to help treat flea bites. While this medication will not lower your risk of catching a disease from an infected flea, it will lower the swelling and discomfort caused by the bite. As a flea bite can cause irritation and pain for up to two weeks, this is highly useful.
If you develop a fever, treating flea bites becomes more challenging and much more important. Flea bites that cause fever are usually bites that are either becoming infected from the wound, or have caused some form of illness in the victim. This is when it is vital that you approach a doctor immediately so tests can be run to determine why you have a fever. In some cases, the fever can be spawned from an allergic reaction to the flea bite, which is easily treated and rarely fatal. If the fever is from the beginning of a disease, fast treatment is key to curing it quickly.
Many people will brush off treating flea bites, as well as brush off putting in the time and effort to stop the infestation. Like mosquitoes, fleas are often considered difficult infestations to remove. No matter how well you treat the bites that are harming you and your family, if you do not kill the source of the problem, you will have to continue a treatment regime that may prove infective given time.
While you take steps to kill the fleas in your home, either through use of flea bombs, flea foggers, natural flea repellents and anti-flea medications for your pets, do not cease treating the flea bites that you have already acquired. It is a lot of work, but is necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. Use ointments and medications as your doctor prescribed, and use natural repellents like Pennyroyal, Citronella and Cedar wood to help keep fleas away from areas most commonly habitated.