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Do Fleas Only Bite Certain People
Different reasons: Interesting question- it varies depending on the bug- some bite people due to fear such as bee stings and some like mosquitos and ticks bite to eat and get nourishment Some don't really bite but exposure to them can cause irritation looking like "a bite" and some people are allergic to the bug saliva Here is nice website with more information http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/bug_bites.html ...Read more
Lots of reasons: You will get more bites if you give off carbon dioxide, certain acids and bacteria, heat and are in motion. Mosquito preference is genetic too. If parents were always bitten—you probably will be too. Genetics account for 85% of susceptibility to bites. Blood type plays a role too. ...Read more
Anopheles Moquitos: Malaria is caused by Malaria Parasite which is infected through the bite of only kind of mosquito called Anopheles. These mosquitoes are common in tropical and subtropical regions.Includes Asia,Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Every country has Mosquitos but not the one's those cary Malaria Parasite ...Read more
All the same: Good question and many people ask me this. As far as the antigen that causes allergy goes all dogs are the same as remarkable as that may seem. This allergen is especially found in dog saliva and can spread from there. Dogs that salivate , lick or shed more are perhaps more likely to disperse the allergen. ...Read more
Are these bed bug bites?
We do have many mosquitos for some reason in our home but just making sure.
Cannot say: Bed bugs are nocturnal feeders and tend to show clusters of bites in those affected. They occur within the covered areas of skin, in deference to mosquito bites that usually involve exposed extremities. The only way I would know is if you brought in a bug, which has happened. (it fell of the kid during an exam). ...Read more
Semmes that way : Proably has more to do with sensitivities some people are more reactive but an individual's body smell may play a role. ...Read more
I don't know the #.: Bed bugs were a problem years ago when i lived in europe but i never thought it would become a significant problem in the us. Try this site before making hotel reservations: http://bedbugregistry.Com/. It is a " public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20, 000 reports covering 12, 000 locations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do some people say they aren't allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac? Are some people immune or just lucky?
Poison Ivy: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more
Why do all the mosquitoes and insects in the world have to bite me? Even if there are 10 people in the room, insects attack me and only me. I'm fed up
Your chemistry: Biting Insects are attracted to humans for their blood meal by carbon dioxide and some skin surface chemicals. These are not uniformly distributed amongst all persons and some have more than others. Those unlucky persons will get bit more frequently and sometimes they are the only ones who get bit. ...Read more
I think I may have flea bites, but not sure what nasty diseases are transmitted by dog or cat fleas in the u.S.?
None (OK maybe one): No nasty diseases. Common bacteria can enter through breaks in the skin and cause infection(impetigo and cellulitis). Avoid scratching as that can introduce the bacteria. Oral antihistamines (Benadryl) and topical corticosteroids (cortisone) are helpful. If you live in rural New Mexico, Arizona, CA or Colorado there are rare cases of plague from infected rodent flea bites(squirrels, prairie dogs). ...Read more
Diseases from dogs: Diseases that can be transmitted from dogs to humans are rabies, ring worm, leptospira, brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, tapeworm, giardiasis, hookworm, leishmaniasis, q fever, rocky mountain spotted fever, roundworm, salmonellosis, lyme disease, cryptosporidiosis, toxocara infection, flea tapeworm. ...Read more
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