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Diseases From Fleas
My4yr old has flu& got bit by my landlords pets fleas now has rash started as rings now pink blotches on thighs could be reaction or disease from flea?
Common problem: Unfortunately the common flea may look to humans as a meal, attaching to loose garments and extracting a bit of blood here & there over time.They will eventually leave the human as their preferred sources have a different hemaglobin molocule that they find more nurishing. The papulovesicles left behind will usually heal without rx but may promote itching & excoriation & become secondarily inflamed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think I may have flea bites, but not sure what nasty diseases are transmitted by dog or cat fleas in the u.S.?
None (OK maybe one): No nasty diseases. Common bacteria can enter through breaks in the skin and cause infection(impetigo and cellulitis). Avoid scratching as that can introduce the bacteria. Oral antihistamines (Benadryl) and topical corticosteroids (cortisone) are helpful. If you live in rural New Mexico, Arizona, CA or Colorado there are rare cases of plague from infected rodent flea bites(squirrels, prairie dogs). ...Read more
Roommate scared of home 3 weeks after flea bombing. Afraid to touch, eat, or sit. Has thought has many diseases last few months. Help?
Cognitive Behavioral: Hello. Someone in this situation might be reassured if educated about the product that was used in more depth. If a person is consistently fearful of germs, chemical contact and worries that they have a multitude of diseases, that might not be adequate. It can be quite impairing if one's focus is continually based on fear about illness and that may respond well to cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Been dealing with fleas for many months and my bites have been large and been blistering. Should i get tested for any diseases?
See a Dermatologist: Blistering bites can be caused by many things. If you are certain it is fleas, then take the appropriate action with pest control. However, i would suggest seeing a dermatologist to have the blisters evaluated and treated. That way you can make sure the blisters are, in fact, from fleas and not something else. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more
30-40 flea bites. Got completely rid of the fleas in the house 100% but new bumps are forming. Is it possible i could've gotten a disease from it?
Flea bites: If new bumps are coming after you know you had fleas, chances are good that some stealthy fleas are still there -- and are hungry. It can happen if your pet goes outside and comes back in again. ...Read more