December 21, 2014 at 3:21 AM #3254
I have read your site with interest. You give all kinds of advice for how to prevent/kill fleas on animals. How I wish I as a human could take pills, use drops, collars, flea shampoo, etc to rid myself forever of these terrible insects. I have never had a pet. I got human fleas when visiting Guatemala 7 years ago. Anyone who underestimates how hard they are to get rid of permanently is kidding themselves. Who cares about how to take care of the bites. What anyone infested with these beasts wants is to kill them and have them NEVER come back. Take a bath twice a day in hot water, what, forever?? If I miss ONE egg in the carpet from a jumping flea who can live for months without a blood meal, the cycle starts all over again. I have them way up in my nose and even flushing with a saline solution cannot get them all. If any scientists want a research project, I recommend developing pills or external drops for humans which will prevent the fleas from biting. Make the human body repulsive to the fleas. No blood meal and the cycle will eventually stop. If anyone already know of such a product, I am very, very interested.January 9, 2015 at 4:06 AM #3342
Inside the nose?? I have never heard of that before and I am in the pest control business! In the hair and all sorts of other places outside the body, yes, but not actually living inside the nose. If they get in there then they can easily be ingested and then you should be concerned about tapeworm. What does your doctor say about all this? There must be a specialist you can go to, no one should have to live like this.
MicksMarch 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM #13950
Wow this is amazing! I have been doing research on these annoying little bas****s for over 3 months now and I have had it for well over 6 months! And I agree with you 100% nothing but useless information! I’m tempted to try animal products on myself because nothing is working! And to the guy who’s in pest control I get them in my nose on the daily multiple times a day! Not to mention my private parts! I know there are many types of fleas so far I have learned that it’s a specific type of flea that the female flea bites and burrows into your skin. I have very long dark beautiful hair past my butt. I’m young and all I can think about is how shaving my head is going to ruin my life! But I have no idea what to do! I have now gone to the hospital 3 times to have doctors look at me like I’m a drug addict and tell me I’m crazy and that absolutely nothing is wrong with me! I’m losing my mind! My husband and I had no idea humans could get fleas let alone we had no clue even dogs could get fleas considering we live in Las Vegas nv. I truly wish I would have been more educated about this maybe I would have caught it much sooner than later! So basically my husband and I and my daughter and 3 dogs have been trying to do everything we possibly can to get rid of these disgusting creatures but have had absolutely no such luck! Can either of you please help me!? Please I’m desperate for any advice at all! I’m becoming very worried that my smallest dog and my husband are getting worms! I’m about to start doing research on this now! God please help me! 🙁April 26, 2015 at 11:41 AM #20690
This is going to sound absolutely insane and from the likes of a Steven King novel but, inside my body, I am playing host to a few generations of human fleas. I have been to the emergency room on three (3) separate occasions and have been told that I need to get psychological therapy. I have even seen my dermatologist and was given a prescription of antibiotics, anti-itch medication and Permethrin Cream 5%. The cream draws the little zygote bastards out and slows them down. The antibiotics upset my stomach and the anti-itch medication acts the same as Benadryl. The full grown fleas that are inside my body seem to have a “flea highway” that runs from my shoulder blades to the base of my feet. I have friends that are nurses and I have seen these little bastards under my skin with the help of a vein finder. It scared the day lights out of me the first time that I saw them. I was beside myself and didn’t have a clue as to what my next step in getting rid of these annoying, blood sucking free loaders was. Fast forward 4 days. At first I thought that these little bastards were Collembola/Springtail mites. Well this evening I was looking in the mirror and from the looks of it, I saw a small imbedded scab on my chin. I grabbed my tweezers and proceeded to remove it. It wasn’t a scab; it was a human flea. There were 2 of them. I was able to get them and place the little bastards in a ziplock bag and bring them for show and tell, bright and early when I went to see my dermatologist. After I asked her, how in God’s name do we rid my body of these little bastards, my next question was, why didn’t you run the necessary tests and do a better job to determine what the hell was infiltrating my body. When I went to the Methodist Hospital ER in Getmantown, TN the doctor didn’t request an MRI or any other tests to determine my illness. He ordered a blood panel and that was the extent of his “doctoring”. I provided the doctor with photos and video of these little bastards and was told that I should seek psychological counseling. Now that I know what’s literally eating me alive, I can come up with a game plan and a solution to rid my body of these blood sucking bastards. I’m not sure as to how I can attach photos to this post but, if you are a medical professional or have any questions or additional insights on this, please send me an email at Jeremy.Polston@yahoo.com.May 10, 2015 at 9:09 AM #23588
Having done a lot of research for my own flea problem, I would suggest that you research Diatomaceous Earth, food grade. Many people ingest this for ridding themselves of parasites. I have not begun a regimen, but am seriously considering it. It is suggested to start slow, an eighth of a teaspoon, and gradually work up to a teaspoon a day in a smoothie. Jacob, what are your thoughts?June 23, 2015 at 4:12 AM #28578
I’ve been dealing with this for over six months. I’ve tried everything. I shop at the pet store. But I don’t have a pet. The Dr don’t believe me either. Has anybody found a solution? I can’t take it anymore.August 7, 2015 at 12:49 AM #32974
I use DE to drink daily and as a body mask to cleanse my skin externally. It works well. I still need to get rid of these fleas.November 11, 2015 at 2:22 AM #43709
I am dying a little bit every day. It’s been a little over a year now. I can’t get them out of me. They keep getting smaller. I stear clear of IGRs. I think it just pisses them off. The fleas mostly live in my forehead. I wish somebody had an answer. I’ve spent a fortune and all I care about is trying to make it through so I can have my kids again. Has anybody ever beat this or am I just biding time until I drink anti freeze. Please help. No pesticide or prescription will work. I need a head transplant.August 22, 2016 at 5:31 AM #53288
How do I get rid of fleas, ticks or mites that dig in my skin and are all over my clothes.August 29, 2016 at 5:34 AM #53689
How do you know they are living in your body? What are your symptoms? And where or how do you even get fleas like this? It seems crazy that doctors can’t diagnose this! Or is it they don’t want to?August 29, 2016 at 5:40 AM #53702
I know how Jj feels. Not only can I not get them out of my house, I have woken up with my eyelid red and swollen taking weeks to go down. Twice already, they have gone up my nostrils where (I removed one, so know they are the culprit) they cause great pain, swelling and redness. Is there anyone here who can help without turning to demeaning doctors?September 23, 2016 at 6:45 AM #54856
I have not found info on my problem, hoping it’s out there: fleas have taken up residence inside the folds in the area of my vulva and anus. I first thought this extra flap I felt while showering was hemorrhoids, but I later noticed tiny pearlish remnants in my bar soap after cleaning my personal areas. Tried to chalk it up to my shower gel, but they still appeared, embedded in the soap, without the gel. I have scraped them off into a little dish with 70% alcohol to see what they were, and I am pretty sure a few black specks appeared a few days later, but honestly I have been too scared to do a proper check.
I just know that every time I use the bathroom, there are little black stones by my feet (and lowered pants), black specks everywhere on my floors, and black specks scratched out of my hair, behind my ears and at the back if my neck. I also have itchy red spots on my arms and hands, feet and ankles, lower back, etc.
I also feel crawling in my eyelashes, mostly at night.
So: (human) fleas? A cat flea that loves me? Lice or scabies that didn’t respond to respective topical treatment?
Thanks.September 23, 2016 at 7:10 AM #56135
I am losing my mind! Literally, 5000 square foot home boyfriend owns with 10 cats, and, the house and myself are totally infested with fleas! Feel them going in my nostrils, ankles + all over ever single room in house! Have red dots all over ankles, afraid to fall asleep at night, totally getting paranoid, going mentally crazy! Boyfriend does not want to have professional spraying done! HELP!September 27, 2016 at 12:33 AM #56711
Our house is riddled with fleas and tonight a flea jumped into my nose and I started to panick! I tried blown my nose,spitting and nothing worked I go back to bed and my daughter starts rapidly rubbing her nose while asleep as if one jumped into her nose I go to check her and she has flea bites all over her face I start to cry coz I don’t know how often this happens I just happened to be up late just dosing off when it all happened. I feel horrible after reading this article known there is a possibilility they could be growing inside us! What makes it worse is she’s only 2 and she can’t blow her nose and she’s always sick. Her and my son and he also gets bitten a lot on the face! I have work in 3 hours but I cannot stop crying. How can I get rid of these pests that could be living in both my beautful kids bodies!! I’m really scared! Please help me! I live in nz!September 29, 2016 at 5:10 AM #56807
My mother told me in Victorian times that people absolutely had fleas.. she said that they carried little dogs, so their fleas would prefer the dog and jump off of them. This I believe validates everyones claims.. I may have a remedy considering fleas hate citronella. I would buy Citronella essential oil (NOT fragrance) and rub it all over myself full strength after showering before bed. Also put it in your bath.. Avon has an oil called Skin So Soft that also contains citronella. Use this also. If it works you might want to make it a part of your daily grooming mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. I would use Citronella shampoo or add the essential oil to any balsam and put it in and on everything. Spray on clean bedding on your pets everywhere.. BTW I just had a flea crawl up my nose and I’m not sure if I got it out yet.. I wonder if it will suffocate in there.. I hope so.. and doctors suck.. they just want to sell scripts.. Good Luck People!October 10, 2016 at 4:05 AM #56907
I moved my pillow a few weeks ago and all these little white balls were underneath my pillows. Had no idea what it was and bright me just pushed them off the bed and did not give it a thought. Now I am having to deal with these fleas. Give me your best shot. There are more of these than I can handle. What is your opinion on getting an exterminator? How harmful are they on your body or cat? I am in my sixties. Thanks for your help. So glad I found this site.
Phyllis DabbsOctober 10, 2016 at 4:06 AM #57021
I don’t know how to be rid of them but ivermectin will kill them. Do your own research on it as I won’t give medical advice but in my personal experience the $3 paste for horses at your local farm supply store will kill them as they suck your blood. Also available by prescription contact your doctor *cough cough and find out which choice is tight for you.
There’s more information for dosing the farm store kind, if your doctor chooses that one, online just google ivermectin paste humans. Be prepared for the purge. You’re doctor will have to remove the carcasses or you will. On a totally unrelated matter, I’ve heard the Tweezerman brand tweezer set that can be found at Walgreens or CVS is well worth the $20. If I ended up homeless I’d have a set in my shopping cart.October 28, 2016 at 2:30 AM #58468
Yep… so mine was in the nose and have a few more in there. Didnt know this until the other day.. was getting to work and always had this spot in my nose, hard to see up there you know. And blap in my lap lays a damn fat well fed flea. The tape worm thing is a serious thing.. pet products have been taken for that by bayer, helped a little but they are from the fleas.. its ridiculous. Ps also have had a skin beetle tiny hide bug… it was like a really tiny guy. Had a cam close enough to see it popping out of the chin. Pardon phone post thnx.November 2, 2016 at 4:49 AM #58723
I would recommend giving the animals to the Spca if you cannot treat the animals with the drops, pills and spray successfully…Im dealing with fleas myself.. Id suggest diatomaceous earth food grade and borax acid mix together. To be used on wood floors with a mask on…and leave on the floor for a few days like 4.. away from animals cause of the borax. Sweep up and mop with dawn dishsoap. If you have carpet use Sentry Home flea power as to not ruin the carpet with the diatomaceous earth product.. leave down a week after you vaccum up.. Get the defogger that doesnt require pilot light to be out so you dont blow up the house.. after doing the power treatment. .bomb them with a defogger. They should be gone.. for a while.. however rebomb in a few months if you see signs.. use bowels of Dawn dish liquid as traps.. they will jump in.. I do not turn my lights off where I sleep.. To treat fleas its more than one product cause they grow in stages.. Warning when you first put down the diatomaceous earth leave your house a few days cause the fleas go crazy jumping.. Hope this helps someone.. Im on my first month of treatment :/January 12, 2017 at 1:53 AM #63184
I am so grateful to know I am not hallucinating all this. I get tick bites every year, mostly in the fall….and this fall I thought they had somehow laid eggs under my skin. I got several welts. But they went away. The last 3 weeks I have been hunting for bed bugs, lice, mites, fleas, ANYTHING….and I still cannot FIND a living flea on either myself OR my cat.
But not only have I found poop on my cat and dead larvae way down in the holes of my mattress….I have found eggs, egg clusters, larvae and fleas of varying ages in the scabs I have been pulling off and examining under bright light with a magnifying glass. I told my Primary Care Doc what I suspected on the 3rd….and she looked at my hair under a magnifying glass….saw nothing. She didn’t seem to get that I’m feeling these fleas moving….migrating under my skin. And now I have PROOF!
I have been collecting my scabs. I know it is gross….but not as gross as continuing to allow these things to procreate…and thrive….using ME as THEIR HOST! I’m sorry. I am actually a bit mad from all this.
I have collected samples of everything…and I believe I have found at least one other insect in my blood. I first put samples in envelopes, dating them. Then I stuck the evidence to scotch tape, which I taped over with another piece of scotch tape. It’s not the best….but you can kind of look through of….better than nothing.
And the problem, is that the evidence (because it’s alive)…ends up withering and disappearing. Except for the eggs. I’ve been pulling off at least one scab every day….but I’m going to wait until an hour before I leave for the Doctors, on Thursday. Hopefully she will see them swimming, eating, pooping….whatever.
Please, people….if you think you might have bugs crawling UNDER your skin….LOOK….use a magnifying glass. KEEP LOOKING. COLLECT the EVIDENCE. BRING IT TO YOUR DOCTOR.
I thank God I got an “emergency” appointment with my Primary Care Doc on Thursday because I know if I went to the ER tomorrow…even with my evidence (I also have a shirt that is covered with tiny specks of blood from the bastards)….they would lock me up in the Psych Ward. I will let you know what I learn. Please do the same.
We need each other. This is serious. And I thought I was the only one. (Or that I was having an acid flashback from 1969.)
Good luck to everyone and THANK YOU to all those who gave great information or shared their feelings and thoughts.January 25, 2017 at 1:52 AM #63307
I went to the Doctor. She did not believe me. She took my samples and said she would take them to a dermatologist and then said “and if they don’t find anything WE’RE DONE! OKAY?”.
I was horrified. My doctor has NEVER talked to me like that. I left, very upset. She didn’t even look at the stuff I brought.
Four hours later I went to my therapist and told her what had happened. She told me that they both share a patient who has been claiming for months that she has bugs. She cuts her skin out and does other very bizarre things.. has been tested and re-tested.. and has no bugs. But I DO. They ARE IN ME.. UNDER MY SKIN. LIVING, hatching, procreating and moving.. then dying.. and the cycle continues. But there are NO FLEAS.. ANYWHERE. ONLY under my skin.
I don’t get it.
I will keep you informed although it doesn’t seem like anyone looks at these posts.March 18, 2017 at 2:09 PM #64080
I FINALLY found out what these bugs that are biting me are. And they might be biting some of you.
I have SAND FLEAS. The adult “flea” looks different than the regular flea.. it has a shorter body and it’s two front feet are closer up to it’s head. When it bites you it’s a small white, almost translucent bug with wings that are almost impossible to see. Another name they are known as is “No See’ems or No Seeums” because you CAN’T see them, as they fly so fast. When they bite, if you can get one, and put it between your finger and fingernail and gently press, to kill it.. you can save them, to show your Doctor.
I have thousands of samples of the flea, the eggs, the larvae, etc. but only 12 of the actual white sand flea that bites, burrows into your skin, and lays eggs.. which hatch under your skin, feeding off your blood, shitting in your blood and procreating INSIDE of you. We are HOSTS of these creatures and they are SERIOUS.
I found them in my blood, my sputum (lungs), my feces (intestines) as well as in my scabs. But my Doctor REFUSES to even TALK about them. I saw her for my YEARLY physical yesterday and she didn’t even LOOK at my bites or my back, which is all infected. She DID say she would write a referral for a Dermatologist but that’s not what we need.
Dermatologists on Cape Cod are not taking new patients and thank God, I have been talking with the Infectious Disease Department associated with one of our best Hospitals. They are “itching” to get their hands on me and THEY believe me! But without a referral from my Doc they CANNOT (by law) see me.
I ended up going to the Urgent Care place in my town this weekend with REALLY GOOD samples of the fleas, the eggs in my blood, etc. The nurse saw them in 3 seconds. The Doctor in 6 seconds. The Doctor said she didn’t know WHAT they were but that they SURE WERE BUGS! She wrote a prescription for Ivermectin for me without any question or even looking at my bites. But the Urgent Care people said they cannot refer or even keep treating me.. that I have to go to my Primary Care Doc who will NOT LOOK or DISCUSS the matter whatsoever. She made it clear. And even when I told her about the Doc who gave me Ivermectin she said rather curtly, “Ivermectin is for mites…” (Well.. I called the pharmacy and they said they’re for round worms and blah blah.. ANY intestinal parasite. Within 2 days of my first dose my lungs cleared up DRAMATICALLY. Frick my Doctor up a dark alley.
Because she didn’t offer anything else. She said nothing more about the matter, except for offering a referral to a dermatologist. Five months ago, when I first complained that these things were IN me she kept looking ON me and finding NOTHING. You MUST get your Doctor to look at what is IN you and get them to use a flashlight and a magnifying glass.. and ANYONE can see what’s what. Make SURE you look at what you bring.. cut the scabs up.. you will probably find between 5 and 12 fleas that are “stuck” together (maybe copulating?) and it looks like a scab, unless you cut it up and differentiate the individual fleas. THEN.. look at your blood. Pick a scab, or pick a biting bug and squeeze the area until blood comes out. It is usually thick and viscous and when dried.. especially if you smear it (onto something like white paper or cardboard). When it dries, the Oxygen bubbles disappear and all that’s left is eggs or larvae or the actual flea. That’s right, folks. I’m finding FLEAS in my BLOOD.
And I bet if you have an infestation like I do and it sure sounds like a lot of you do.. PLEASE check to make sure WHAT kind of FLEA you have inside you. And check ALL your systems. Blood, sputum, skin, feces.. whatever you can think of.. BEFORE you approach a Western Medical person. They will most definitely NOT even bother to look into what you claim.. even WITH proof. But it’s worth a try. Anything is worth a try.
If you go, try to bring someone with you. Someone who has SEEN what you SEE.. using the method you use. Ask the Dr. to use the flashlight and the magnifying glass. (I got mine for free from the Federal of the Blind). But they are inexpensive to buy.
And whatever you do, try to ACT as SANE and as RATIONAL as you possibly can. Be calm. Do not act like a person who would most likely act, if they found an infestation of bugs in them. You’ll get sectioned or they just won’t take you seriously and they’ll think you’re cray-cray. KEEP TELLING YOURSELF that you ARE NOT CRAZY but that if you DON’T act SANE and CALM you will get NO WHERE.
WHATEVER.. DON’T QUIT. You will want to. Some of you already have. So.. what? Are you just going to let these MUTHERS keep using you as a HOST? You can get really sick if you aren’t already.
Anyone who is reading this (I’m not sure anyone other than the artist who makes our “bug icons” (I like mine, because I have really strong legs in it.. and I’m crippled from MS.. so I am feeling strong because of it.. thank you to the creator).. but if you are and you would like to talk more about this please feel free to email.
Thanks for helping me to Rise Above the crap-headed, Dr. Gods that I have had to put up with regarding this matter. It means SO MUCH to have SOMEONE believe me.
We’re all on this raft together. I’m not ready to sink. Are you?
– claudia gale
clodja3 @ comcast.netMarch 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM #64170
thanks for posting about parasites under your skin. I’ve Aldo got a post going on here about the same thing. I’ve been suffering for 9 months, with very little help from the medical profession (thinks I’m nuts).
I’ve tried just about everything I’ve read from other suffers – I get some relief but treatments doesn’t clear it. Been hell.
Away keep posting as people will be reading – even if they haven’t commented.
AngelaMarch 18, 2017 at 2:21 PM #64245
I thought at one time I had Bird mites because a Bird made nest on my mailbox. I pushed it off but didn’t know to wash mailbox out. I’m highly allergic to mites of any sort so I just thought my skin was being sensitive & have had fleas 2’s in past 3 years. After bombing house. My parents couldn’t find any dead fleas anywhere in my home. Said I needed help. Well as of late I’ve been using 100% pure essential, All natural Clove oil. It can be ingested as well as topical or in my diffuser. I’ve been feeling A LOT better. I’m not 100% yet. I’ve only been using for a week. I do not have Scabies or lice. But Clove oil has been known for treatment of Scabies as well as it has rich in antioxidants & antimicrobial remedies. You can’t eat it by itself, put a teaspoon in your smoothie in morn. It is VERY STRONG so you can NOT let it have contact (direct) with membranes but you can put it in your diffuser. I will touch back. Hope this helps.March 18, 2017 at 2:22 PM #64249
Before doing all of that you can put your clothes in garbage bags AFTER YOU WASH them & or totes that are taped closed. Also cover any pots, pans, dishes, etc. And toss any old newspapers & books, those are the best place for them to hideout! Also running alcohol in a spray bottle will kill the adults instantly not saying douse it. I always spray before sitting down on the couch or at the table.