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Can you die from a flea bite?

Can you die from a flea bite?

Only if the flea: Carried a serious pathogen. 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. ...Read more

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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites - bite from a blood-sucking Siphonaptera which may be itchy and painful. Fleas may ...Read more


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Do flea bites spread?

Do flea bites spread?

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. ...Read more

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Are flea bites dangerous?

Are flea bites dangerous?

Usually not but: 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. ...Read more

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I have very bad flea bites?

I have very bad flea bites?

Flea bites: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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How to heal flea bites fast?

How to heal flea bites fast?

Flea Bites : If the flea bite not infected, topical steroid will flea enhance healing and decrease itching . Thank you. ...Read more

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How long do flea bites last?

Depends.: If you have a type 1 allergy to insect saliva, should be gone in 1-2 days. If type 4, could last for weeks. ...Read more

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How long do flea bites itch?

How long do flea bites itch?

Varies: Usually one to two weeks. To hasten resolution, try a topical steroid and take an antihistamine. ...Read more

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What to put on my flea bites?

Hydrocortisone cream: It should help with redness and itching. ...Read more

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Any 'sickness' from flea bites?

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. ...Read more

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How long does flea bites lasts?

How long does flea bites lasts?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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How to clear up flea bites fast?

Flea bites: Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bites or take antihistamines for itching. A paste made of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water can be applied to bites. The bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. Many people elect to hire an exterminator. ...Read more

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How long do sand flea bites last?

How long do sand flea bites last?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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How long till flea bites go away?

How long till flea bites go away?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get flea bites?

Flea bites : Flea bites are relatively common, and usually appear as small red papules from the knee down. Pet owners are more likely to have bites, as animals are a common source. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of flea bites?

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. ...Read more

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What problems will flea bites cause?

Often - itching: or secondary infection. 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. ...Read more

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How long do flea bites take to heal?

How long do flea bites take to heal?

Yes: They can cause prurigo-a severe type of eczema. See your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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What exactly do flea bites look like?

Flea bites: Flea bites vary in size from barely noticible to large red raised reactions. If a person is allergic to fleas, the larger reactions are more likely to occur and they are also more likely to itch. Flea bites may be indistinguishable from mosquito bite. ...Read more

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What can u put on to stop flea bites?

Flea bites: You can use 1% Hydrocortisone on the bites or use antihistamines orally. However the bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. This can be very difficult so many people elect to hire a pest control professional. ...Read more

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How many days do flea bites itch for?

How many days do flea bites itch for?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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What to do for flea bites in children?

Wait. : Treat symptomatically. They go away by themselves. Just deal with the itching if present. ...Read more

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Flea bites how to stop them hurting ?

Flea bites how to stop them hurting  ?

Flea bites: First wash the bite with cool water & mild soap (hot water intensifies the itch); pat dry; don't scratch; apply tiny dab of Hydrocortisone cream or some tea tree oil or witch hazel or aloe vera gel or neem oil to calm the itching. For more persistent itching, use otc antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec. Of course, controlling the source of the fleas is critical, too. ...Read more

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How long til these flea bites go away?

Depends: If uninfected, they should heal within a week. If irritated and scratched, they will last longer, scar up and may become infected. Avoid scratching and apply an antibiotic ointment and keep them clean to enhance healing. May also apply a "liquid bandaid" that looks like clear nail polish to slow itching and infection. Topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is useless as are steroids. ...Read more