Serious Problems from Fleas

liver painWhile we all want to be healthy and free from any health condition, what if you are given two options between having liver pain and fleas on humans? What would you choose? Many people will perhaps choose having fleas, thinking it is less serious and something that can be treated or eliminated. But to some extent, having fleas may also pose serious health problems.

Fleas are reddish-brown insects with flattened or compressed bodies that feed on blood. They are wingless but have an incredible jumping ability. Although they are visible to the naked eye, they are so small that they can be difficult to detect or eliminate. If not eliminated, they cause some of the following problems on humans:

  • Allergic reaction – Some people develop allergic reaction to fleas, causing humans to have small lesions commonly known as papules which can be purple or reddish in color. The severity of the allergy may vary from person to person. This kind of allergic reaction can be itchy and may cause discomfort.
  • Tapeworm infestation – Tapeworm is normally spread to humans through infected fleas from animals.
  • Plague – Fleas from rodents can be carriers of the bubonic plague, particularly the Yersinia pestis bacteria. This plague can be transferred to humans through bites from infected fleas. It can be deadly since it is associated with the Black Death in Europe in the 1340s.
  • Typhus – Another serious condition that humans may get from fleas is typhus. This condition normally causes typhus fever, red rashes and delirium.
  • Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD) – Some people bitten by fleas may develop FAD which is characterized by itchy and reddish skin, hives and rashes. Crusting and scaling may also develop along with patches on the skin that are normally yellowish in color.
  • Anemia – Anemia is a condition when a person is deficient in iron and has low blood level. Affected patients normally have pale skin, low energy level and oftentimes, suffer from dizziness, lethargy, confusion and irritability. There are various factors that can cause anemia and one of them is infestation from blood sucking insects, more particularly fleas.
  • Severe scratching – flea bites may also cause severe itching which comes with a burning sensation. To some extent, excessive scratching in the affected area may also cause blood infection.

It is not a joking matter to have fleas in your home. They normally find their way into your home through your pet dog or cat. They will not only affect your pet’s health but also your health and that of your family. Fleas are one of the most dreaded and feared parasites among pets and they can easily find their way to humans. It is important that at the first signs of flea infestation in your pet, you should already do something to eliminate them. You could talk with your veterinarian for assistance. The key to flea elimination is your immediate action before your pet becomes heavily infested. Normally, your veterinarian will recommend using a specially formulated shampoo that is effective in killing fleas.