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Can Flea Bites Harm You During Pregnancy?

There are many things that a pregnant woman needs to be concerned about.  From caffeine intake to her exercise routine, she is constantly guarding against anything that might cause any harm to her during pregnancy.  To be sure, there are indeed many things that can harm you during pregnancy.  Even flea bites may fit into this category.

Fleas are wingless, small insects that are parasitic.  They have a shiny hard surface.  They get from place to place by jumping, rather than walking or flying as many insects do.  The bites of a flea, in and of themselves, tend to only create mild symptoms that can be treated with home remedies and over-the-counter medications such as a variety of cortisone creams.  The signs of flea bites might include itching, a hive or a wheal, red dull spots, blisters, or lines on the feet, legs, or waist.

Flea bites can be dangerous in some circumstances.  In fact, flea bites can be particularly harmful during pregnancy.  Fleas can, occasionally, carry diseases.  In some regions of the world, it is possible for fleas to carry malaria, although this is much more common in other insects, such as mosquitoes.  Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria, and tend to more quickly develop severe cases of malaria than people who are not pregnant.

In some rare cases, a pregnant woman may find that she has a severe allergic reaction to a flea bite.  In this case, it is best to get medical attention immediately.

If you have been bitten by fleas, you should begin to try to rid your home of fleas.  You will want to clean your furniture, your curtains, your bedding, and your carpets.  Make sure to treat your pets with flea treatments as appropriately.  You might consider dusting your hose with flea powder, as well.

If you have had flea bites and have noticed any flu-like symptoms, or symptoms other than those listed above, you should contact your health care provider.  She will be able to fully diagnose the cause of those symptoms, and to properly treat the causes of those symptoms.

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