Why do flea bites etc itch?

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Why do flea bites etc itch?
« on: 30/04/2008 11:51:29 »
When we get bitten by an insect, flea or midgey etc...what causes the itch? Is it just the normal inflammatory response or something else?

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Why do flea bites etc itch?
« Reply #1 on: 01/05/2008 19:35:07 »
i know that with mosquitos (and I'm guessing with most other insects) when they bite you, they inject a bit of a numbing agent so that you are less likely to feel the bite (and thus less likely to swat them).  it is this numbing agent that we later have a minor allergic reaction to.
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