9+ Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas In Humans, Dogs Cats

Pain at the back or inside of the knee is also known as “Posterior Knee Pain”. It’s a condition that can affect anyone ranging from the active to the inactive to the old. Despite its common occurrence, the symptoms and causes of posterior knee pain tend to vary significantly among individuals.

For instance, people suffering from the condition have described the pain as persistent, dull or achy, sharp or severe, or gradually worsening. Alternatively, knee pain can appear suddenly due to injury, or develop gradually due to an underlying cause. Regardless of the cause and symptoms, knee pain can be prevented from becoming worse when treated in time.



Knee Sprain or Strain

  • What Is It?

A knee sprain/strain occurs when overstretching or tearing one or more of the four ligaments in the knee. It can occur in 3 different grades:

  1. Grade 1: Minor ligament tear when only 10% of fibers are torn.
  1. Grade 2: A slightly severe tear that results in the damage of anything from 10% to 90% of fibers.
  1. Grade 3: A severe tear that completely ruptures 1 or more ligaments.
  • Symptoms

Sudden medial knee pain, swelling, bruising, and stiffness that make it difficult to bend and straighten the knee

  • What Worsens It?

Any form of physical activity that involves movement of the knee can worsen a knee sprain

  • Causes

A knee sprain can be caused by sudden and awkward twisting of the knee, a blow to the inside or outside of the knee, or an extreme force through a bent knee (e.g. when you fall and land on a bent knee).

  • Treatment

Treatment of knee sprain mainly depends on the type of injury. Grade 1 and 2 knee sprains can be treated with painkillers and the PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress, & Elevate) therapy. Grade 3, on the other hand, may require surgery. A knee brace may also be used during the treatment of knee sprains to alleviate pain and stiffness.

Hamstring Injury

  • What Is It?

Hamstring injuries are strains or tears to the muscles at the back of the thigh. This injury also occurs in grade 1, 2, and 3, which include a mild muscle pull, a partial muscle tear, and a complete muscle tear respectively.

  • Symptoms

Sharp pain behind the knee during sudden movements, a dull or achy pain in the back of the knee where hamstring tendons attach to the bone, tenderness, and bruising in affected area

  • What Worsens It?

Sudden acceleration/deceleration when moving or bending of the leg tends to aggravate hamstring injury

  • Causes

Hamstrings are caused by sudden explosive movements such sprinting or lunging that cause hamstring muscles to stretch beyond their limit

  • Treatment

Depending on the severity of the injury, a hamstring strain/tear can be treated by taking anti-inflammatory painkillers, engaging in gentle hamstring exercises, going through the PRICE therapy, or undergoing surgery.



MCL Injury (Medial Cartilage/Meniscus Tear)

 What Is It?MCL Injury Causing Inside Knee Pain

Knee joints feature a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) that’s tasked with the responsibility of stabilizing, strengthening, and protection knee-joint bones. Tearing or overstretching of this ligament is what’s referred to as an MCL injury

  • Symptoms

Locked knee (i.e. inability to straighten or bend the knee) swelling and tenderness along the knee joint, pain in the back of the knee, and inability of knee to support your weight

  • What Worsens It?

Squatting, walking, running, or climbing a flight of stairs or steep area such as a hill can lead to further MCL damage

  • Causes

Wear and tear of the knee joint due to recurring strain, sudden twisting of the knee, and any form of hard force to the knee

  • Treatment

PRICE therapy, use of a knee brace or special bandage such as a turbigrip, physical therapy, or surgery in some cases

Baker’s Cyst

  • What Is It?

A fluid filled sac at the back of the knee that causes the area to bulge and tighten

  • Symptoms

Knee stiffness, pain, and swelling at the back of the knee

  • What Worsens It?

Baker’s cyst can get worse when you engage in intense physical activity, stand for a long time, kneel, walk long distances, or flex the knee

  • Causes

Also called a popliteal cyst, a baker’s cyst is usually caused by arthritis or a tear in the cartilage

  • Treatment

Icing the swollen area, prescription painkillers, mild exercises, electrotherapy, direct injection of corticosteroid medication to the affected knee, surgery in the case of severe baker’s cyst

Arthritis

  • What Is It?

Common among people over the age of 50, arthritis is the change of bone density caused by gradual wear and tear or knee joint inflammation in some cases.

  • Symptoms

Swelling, inability to fully stretch or bend the knee, reduced leg movement, stiffness in affected knee most especially during the morning, pain

  • What Worsens It?

Prolonged inactivity, intense physical activity, cold weather, wearing of uncomfortable of high-heeled shoes

  • Causes

Arthritis can be caused by injury to the MCL, baker’s cyst, Iliotibial band syndrome (a hip disorder), infection in the joint or serious knee injuries.

  • Treatment

Medication, acupuncture sessions, application or heat or ice packs to the affected area, injections, exercise, knee braces/pads, weight loss.

Other Causes of Posterior Knee Pain

Pain inside or at the back of the knee can also be caused by:

  • Swelling of the knee as a result of an acute knee injury
  • Inflammation of the hamstring tendons brought on by tough sports
  • Insufficient blood flow in the legs
  • Cramping of the legs due to extreme tiredness
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), clotting of the calf muscle vein
  • Inflammation of the tendon of the large calf muscle at the point where it passes the back of the knee

When to Contact a Doctor

Although some home treatment options such as taking painkillers, doing some light exercises, and following the PRICE therapy routine, can help to get rid of some knee pains, there are some instances when consulting a doctor is the better and safer way to go. These instances include when:

  • Your knee buckles under weight
  • The pain is too severe
  • Your knee locks or clicks painfully
  • There is pain, swelling, numbness, a tingling sensation, or blue discoloration in the calf area below the affected knee
  • There is redness or warmth around the affected knee
  • Significant swelling on the affected area
  • Your knee appears deformed
  • Home treatment does not relieve or stop the pain




9 Comments on 9+ Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas In Humans, Dogs Cats

  1. Very informative thank you
    Will try some of these out
    Was hoping some form of oil to rub into cats fur
    Can u bath cats?

    • Cats can be bathed, but I highly suggest using a movable shower head upon them if possible. Being submersed in water is much more likely to cause them stress. Make sure the water is at a temperature similar to human body temperature, or just a little higher. Take it slow, and having a towel on hand for cuddle times after is advisable.

    • I bathe my cat a couple of times a week! I fill 2 pitchers with water, get 2 towels handy. Have shampoo at hand, and fill sink (I use kitchen sink) about 1/4 full. Get cat and put in water, shampoo, rinse, grab towels & dry. She howls the whole time, but I always give treats when done. I clean the sink with bleach spray after. I rather wash her than use strong bug repellant, my cat is 14 yrs old.

  2. Cedar does not work to “repel” fleas. We use cedar chips in our doghouse and that is where the majority of the fleas were coming from in our yard. I cleaned the doghouse out and by the time I was done my shirt was covered in fleas.

  3. Thank you, I’m using the D Earth powder, flea bathed the dogs in the green tea dog shampoo for fleas and I’m still finding them crawling all over. But, it’s getting better and I’ve had less flea bites. We even put the Diatomaceous earth in between our mattress and box spring,the floors, pet beds, couch, chairs, everywhere. I’m hoping it helps. I found 4 fleas today. 3 on my sweat pants and one on the dog.

  4. I came from an apartment that was infested with fleas and we still suffer from them they’re hoping on my ankles as I speak, and post this remark. In these days people think you’re nuts because I talk about it and where I’ve found them in my clothes, food and eggs on my legs and fore arms etc. They can burrow into you food containers and skin etc. Be real pesky so am excited to try out your remedies. Thanks

  5. If fleas are jumping on you in large amounts. Then try smearing your feet eith white school glue and walk through infested area once you see a pause in them landing then rinse them down the tub drain and repeat. Worked for me.

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