Here in this post, we help you understand the difference between bed bug bites and flea bites.
Bed bug and flea bites are prevalent and can affect many people with sensitive to healthy skin. We did extensive research and have come up with a proper guide for you to overcome this problem.
Without wasting any time, let us now go to the topic.
To differentiate the bites, we classify topics based on the following things.
Now let’s deal with each of the topics in detail.
Generally, this is the hard and most critical part. First, let’s identify how a flea and bed bug appears in their physical structure.
Fleas are a flat dark colored bug that has long legs in front for jumping on its prey. Fleas feed on cattle and animals. They carry dangerous disease-causing bacterias.
A bed bug is oval and is a bit bigger than fleas. Bed bugs cannot jump and do not carry deadly diseases to spread with them.
Fleas thrive on hairy animals. The structure of the animal body hair helps them to move and breed comfortably. Animals like rabbits, dogs, cats, cows, etc. are the main habitats that fleas come in contact with.
While you can find bed bugs on beds and sheets, they are nocturnal and prefer carbon dioxide that we exhale while asleep.
Habitat helps you identify the place where you got the bit. If you got bitten when you were near any animal, it would be fleas.
Usually, the symptoms vary in individuals. Someone with sensitive skin may find certain symptoms that are nowhere to be seen in the rest of the people.
The symptoms also depend on the severity of the infestation where you got the bite.
There exist many ways in which each body reacts to bite. Yet, we have listed the most common things in this section.
Flea Bite Reactions
- Severe Headache
- Light sensitivity
- Stress and anxiety
- Red rashes on the skin
- Burning sensation on the skin
- Discharge of any kind
Bed Bug Bite Reactions
- Blisters and pus
- Infections on scratching the bite
- Loss of sleep
- Stress and mood swings
Though the bite seems very concerning, treating these bites is very simple and easy. If any discharge happening in the bites, we recommend visiting a physician immediately. Do not delay if your body reacts very severely to the bites. A doctor will help you out with such incidents.
If the bites are very less and there are no reactions apart from the bites, you can follow the below-mentioned steps. The significant steps are common to both while a few serves the particular cause. Check it out below.
- Clean the bite area with antibacterial body wash and water.
- Use an ice pack to curb the itching.
- Apply any antiseptic cream.
- Applying calamine lotion helps to soothe the itching.
- Take on the counter antihistamine to help the swelling.
- Take a dose of tapeworm infection treatment, as it is very common to the infection with flea bite.
- While a bed bug bite may cause cellulitis, consider taking an opinion with your doctor.
- Water and baking soda mixture on bite area of bedbugs are said to heal fast.
- For any itching in the bite area, applying peppermint oil will be helpful.
- For flea bite areas using lemongrass oil will soothe the skin.
Yet, treating the after-effects are always troublesome. It is better to prevent these bites from happening. A few things you can do to avoid the bites happening are mentioned below for you.
Prevent bed bugs by regularly cleaning your home, office, wooden furniture, sheets, and tiny corners of your home, etc.
To prevent flea bites, when you are spending time with animals, use lavender oil. Lavender oil repels fleas. Always nurse your pets for fleas. Keep the animals and pets clean you come in contact with. Clean their places regularly.
By doing the above-said things, you can avoid any bites happening.