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5 Common Skin Parasites


Almost everyone has come into contact with fleas. Even if you don't have a cat or dog, you've likely been around people who do. And since fleas are expert travelers that will indiscriminately munch on any mammal (or the occasional bird), our four-legged friends aren't the only ones at their mercy.

These wingless insects are known for their leaping abilities. They also reproduce quickly, making their numbers a force to be reckoned with. To prevent a possible infestation of these parasites, be aware of signs that they're present in your home. Cats and dogs increase scratching and fur-chewing when they have fleas. They also develop telltale black specks known as "flea dirt" in their fur. On your skin, fleas will leave clusters or lines of fleabites. These areas will have itchy dark red bumps ringed in pink.

Once you find indication of fleas in your home, act fast. Your fist step should be to give your pet a flea treatment. If you still notice a problem, you should consider treating your carpets and rugs with an insecticide. Natural means of flea elimination include pennyroyal and cedar oil.

The next skin parasite is as nearly well known as the flea. Keep reading to find out what it is.