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what is the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites?

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Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 37 years experience
Location: Location, location, location. Flea bites will occur close to ground, so for most of us that's legs only. Bed bugs anywhere on the body. Both produce itchy red bumps.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
in areas that are exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders,neck & legs. Flea bites may be clustered into 3 itchy bumps that bleed & blanch (turn white) when you press on them. They tend to be found at skin folds (breast or groin) & folds of joints (ankle, knee, elbow, axilla) as well as legs. A rash & swelling can occur as well as secondary infection from scratching.
Sep 22, 2013

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