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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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Do flea bites spread?

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Dr. Beth Summers
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Depends: Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort. Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets.Treating flea bites merely addresses one symptom of an infestation. Extermination methods should be conducted in conjunction with bite treatment to keep from spreading.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of flea bites?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Itch: The normal reaction to an insect bite, including fleas, is an inflammatory reaction at the site of the bite, which appears within minutes and consists of itchy local redness and swelling. A delayed reaction involving the same signs and symptoms may follow sometimes.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are flea bites dangerous?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: Simply an annoyance!
A 31-year-old female asked:

Can fleas bite anywhere?

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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Sure: Fleas are small enough to bite anywhere on the body.
A 43-year-old member asked:

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.

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