Can Humans Get Fleas?

Can humans get fleas? Although a bevy of information exists pertaining to fleas found on animals, very little is mentioned as to whether or not humans are able to contract fleas as well.

Sometimes, in cartoons and in stories you might hear about or see a person that is so dirty that they have a host of fleas living on their skin. When they scratch, you might see tiny fleas flying off their bodies. This is a little bit of a stretch, however.

There are somewhere around 2,000 species of fleas in the world. However, there is only one species of fleas that can live on the blood of humans. These are called Pulex irritans. For the most part, these fleas are able to live in human hair.

The rest of the species might attach themselves to human hair in order to hitch a ride to another species that they are able to live on more soundly, but they won’t actually live on the human for long. The human, in essence, is more or less used as a transport system in these instances.

The Pulex irritans look like the typical fleas that you would expect to find on cats and dogs. The main difference is that they have very few mouth bristles. Of course, you would only be able to see this under a very strong microscope. The adults are around 4 mm long and have very long hind legs. They are either black or dark brown.

It is possible for the fleas that live on humans to be transferred to other species, although the fleas that mostly live off of dogs and cats will not be able to live off of humans for very long. In additions to humans, the Pulex irritans also enjoy the blood of birds, rats, dogs, rodents, bats, cats, and monkeys.

On the other hand, although fleas typically found on animals can’t live off of humans, they can certainly bite humans. When a flea bites a human, it usually looks like a little row of bumps. Occasionally, a halo of sorts will form around the bites and the bites usually itch a lot. Sometimes, people have allergies to the saliva found in fleas.

It is possible that fleas might only affect one person in a household and not the other members. Nobody seems to know why this happens. Sometimes, even if two people share a bed it is still possible for only one of them to develop flea bites.

If an allergic reaction occurs to the flea bites, then it can be almost impossible to ignore without getting medical treatment and medication. The flea bites might end up looking like rashes, or even scabies, and once the allergic reaction sets in, can be incredibly difficult to live with.

If you have a flea infestation then it’s important not to use any medication that is specifically designed for birds, rodents, dogs, or cats. They either won’t work very effectively, or they might make you sick. Instead, you should pay a visit to your doctor who will be able to prescribe something designed specifically for humans.

So, can humans get fleas? In short, the answer is yes. There is a species of fleas that like living on humans. However, if you have a dog or a cat and they have fleas, then you don’t really need to worry about those fleas jumping over onto you and making you their new home. What you still have to worry about, though, is those same fleas jumping over onto you and biting you and possibly transmitting a disease or causing you to have an allergic reaction.