How Long Do Flea Bites Last?

Robert James
Pest Control Technician

How Long Do Flea Bites Last?

Flea bites can be nasty sometimes. The effects of their bites last differently from one person to another. The bites also last differently on humans and animals. Before we go ahead to decide how long flea bites last, we must first be aware that various factors determine the outcome of the bite.

Naturally, the bites shouldn’t be felt for too long. But with some of these factors, the outcome can be different from what we usually should expect. So what are those factors that determine how long flea bites last on human and on pets?

  • Sensitivity: How sensitive an individual is to flea bite could to some extent, determine how long the effect is felt.
  • Treatment: If you have seen a dermatologist to treat the bite, the pain or irritation shouldn’t last for too long. But if you fail to see the dermatologist for treatment, the effects are likely to last for a longer period.
  • Diagnosis: Making the right diagnosis is important. If you get the diagnosis wrong, you are likely to live with the effects of another disease condition and yet live under the erroneous impression that you were bitten by fleas. But when rightly diagnosed, flea bites do not last too long.
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However, all things being equal, flea bites should ordinarily have the following duration:

  • Flea bites on humans or animal will usually last for about a week and then the effects go away. This also depends on whether the bite is infected or not.
  • If you are allergic to flea bites, the bite is going to take longer to heal as the itching and rashes may usually last for a longer period.
  • Flea bites on dogs and cat can result in different kinds of secondary infections if they are not promptly and effectively treated. One of such problems is flea bite allergy dermatitis. This is characterized by intense itching and scratching which can result to open blisters, loss of hair, and other symptoms. Allergic dermatitis will take a very long time to completely eradicate.
  • Anemia can also result from flea bites on cats and dogs. Remember that anemia requires some special treatment to take care of.

Flea bites take an average of a week to get healed. However, when other conditions are present, healing may be delayed further. For healing to be fast, conditions such as allergy, secondary infections, complications, etc have to be eliminated first.

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