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Take the following test to see if you are suffering from flea bites and other serious conditions resulting from these bites. This test is for adult humans and contains 7 questions with flea bite symptoms. At the end of the test, the points will be calculated and the result will tell you if you may have flea bites or something else.
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If you have received 0-2 points, then it is not likely that you have flea bites. The rashes could be resulting from mosquito bites, bed bug bites, scabies or other insect bites which often produce similar itching. Often, people living under the same roof, or even those sleeping in the same bed, might not have the same symptoms. This is because different people react differently; some individuals are extra sensitive to the insect bite saliva as a result of which their body produces histamines to counter it. Taking anti-histamine or applying hydrocortisone creams can help reduce the itchiness. One must, however, watch out for the signs and symptoms, if they persist. If yes, it is worth seeking prompt medical attention as many skin conditions are signs of underlying medical conditions. If need be, consult a professional extermination company.
Between 3-4 points, there is a chance that you have fleas in your home. Do watch for other signs of a flea infestation in your home, because failure to eliminate the fleas will escalate the problem out of control. Often, fleas can come into the home even if you do not have pets. Fleas are especially prevalent in the warm summer months. They live outside in the grass and you can accidently bring them indoors. If your neighbors or ex-residents of your home have had pets, then you may also have fleas. Fleas also live on bats, rats, raccoons, opossums and other wild animals lurking in attics or under decks and porches. So try and curb the clutter indoors and outdoors, and keep your lawns trimmed. This can deter fleas. Here are 5 effective ways to get rid of fleas in the yard.
5 points or above, then it is likely that you have flea bites and potentially other serious conditions like Murine typhus, plague or Lyme’s disease. Often, these symptoms are confused with other conditions like fibromyalgia, dementia, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis and almost 300 other diseases! Hence, if you have high fever, muscular cramps, weakness, confusion as well as skin rashes on different areas of the body, do seek medical treatment immediately. An anti-body blood test can help detect the bacterial strains causing the symptoms. It is also important to control fleas on your pets as well as eliminate clutter and food sources outdoors and indoors. Use protective gear when hiking or trekking and contact the local health department to find out if flea borne typhus or plague is prevalent in your region.
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This test is based on common flea bite symptoms. It is not intended to be used as medical advice or basis of diagnosis. Seek immediate medical help if you suspect any of the serious conditions mentioned above.
Do you have itchy red blotches on the skin especially on the lower extremities, hands, legs, waist and elbows?
Do the bites appear as red bumps with a halo in the centre?
Are the bite marks in groups of three or four generally in a straight line?
Are the bites itchy, sore and painful?
Do you have joint pain, fever, aches or other pains?
Do you have four-legged furry friends in your home?
When walking inside the home wearing white socks, do you notice tiny black spots on them?