OK it's much better now. I took the huge blanket-type thing that I couldn't launder outside and vaccuumed everything else. Karma-cat has not even been treated yet (still waiting for the Revolution to arrive in the mail.)! But there are far fewer new bites.
Originally Posted by soilman
...The marks get very red and very itchy and can stay that way for days or weeks and will drive you insane, as every thing you do to avoid getting another bite doesn't work. ... You may have to wash every single item of cloth that is anywhere near you, in insectidicidal detergent, several times. ...Adult fleas don't like insecticidal baths and after soaking a minute you may see a tiny black speck jump 3 feet into the air, usually out of the tub and onto the bathmat which you will then have to wash again in insecticidal detergent. One or 2 fleas can give you 10 or 20 bites.
It's not everyday I meet someone with more severe skin reactions than me, soilman! You definitely have my sympathy and respect for coping with all that.
Very interesting about the old welts coming back. I had noticed that some areas adjacent to the bites seemed to be reacting too, although they didn't show bite marks. I thought maybe the histamines were affecting surrounding areas where there was some weakness in the skin? (considering that every inch of skin has a history of bites, it would all qualify!)
Since it wasn't primarily in the normal flea-vulnerable areas, and I've also just developed severe rosacea & seborrhea on my face, I wasn't sure if it was more complicated. But it was flea bites after all.
I've read about some mysterious bedbug-type creatures that only a handful of individuals have been plagued with, in spite of changing mattresses etc. The spouses were not affected, but the sufferer wouldn't be able to sleep. And from the writing, it didn't sound entirely psychosomatic.
Blue plastic straw, thanks for the link! I did use them, although I went with Revolution, b/c it also lists mange, mites, and heartworm. And I hope, also treats the environment.
Fun facts: Cat fleas are the most common, even in dogs and humans. However cats eat them pretty diligently, so adult fleas are much more difficult to find on cats. Also, the larvae live off of the feces of the adults, which is why its so important to get rid of the feces, too, everyone pointed out. Thanks!