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Any 'sickness' from flea bites?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Flea bites (unlike tick bites) do not usually carry any diseases. There are very rare cases of plague from flea bites in rural parts of New Mexico, CA, Colorado and Arizona. Biggest risk from flea bites is itching and secondary infection. Avoid scratching. Use topical antibacterial ointment. Can take antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help itch.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sometimes: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague.

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Fleas, bites what can I do?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, people use oral Claritin, Zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine that causes itching. Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for about 5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can put an anti-itch gel such as "Itch-X" on bites. Itch-X has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing or painful, a doctor can evaluate.

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