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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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Is there anything natural I can use on itching flea bites?

Is there anything natural I can use on itching flea bites?

Warm water: Try using a soft toothbrush gently rubbing the skin while running under very warm water for about 5 - 10 min. That should give you several hours of relief and allow you to fall asleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime may also help you sleep. ...Read more

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I have 2 flea bites in the pubic region. They itch like crazy and was wondering how long it should take for it to heal and go away if they are bites?

I have 2 flea bites in the pubic region. They itch like crazy and was wondering how long it should take for it to heal and go away if they are bites?

Flea bites?: If they are indeed flea bites, it should feel better in a few days. You could try some hydrocortisone or itch-x to help w/the itching. If you are not sure, however, you need to have it checked out because it could be something more serious and it better to treat it early before it spreads ...Read more

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I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, one can take 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. "deep woods off" repels fleas. ...Read more

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How can I prevent bed bug or flea bites?

How can I prevent bed bug or flea bites?

Be aware of how you: Can pick them up. Cimex lectularius or the bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It can be transported on your clothing, luggage, second hand furniture etc. You can even get it using public transportation. It can go up to a year without feeding, so that allows it to just sit and wait until it catches a ride on something or someone. If you live in an apartment complex it may move from one unit. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What these little red bumps that look like flea bites but seem to be spreading?

Derm eval: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Can you use clobetasol propionate cream on sand flea bites?

Can you use clobetasol propionate cream on sand flea bites?

Yes, unless infected: Clobetasol will help decrease the local inflammation associated with most insect bites. If a person has scratched the bites and caused them to become infected, however, an antibiotic cream might be needed in addition or instead. ...Read more

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Do chicken pox or flea bites look different?

Do chicken pox or flea bites look different?

Very different: Flea bites are usually small red dots or bumps, especially around the ankles (near the carpet). The lesions of chickenpox start as blisters on top of red skin, occurring all over the body. They then open, ooze, and finally crust over. ...Read more

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My dogs have fleas. Can flea bites cause petechia? Friend has it on neck and I have it on legs.

My dogs have fleas. Can flea bites cause petechia? Friend has it on neck and I have it on legs.

Flea bites: Flea bites cause lesions resembling insect bites not petechiae. Not sure who diagnosed your skin lesions as petechiae! These are bleeding spots under the skin, and a re not caused by flea bites and if indeed that is the case you need to have them checked asap. ...Read more

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Is it possible for flea bites to cause infection to where my lymph nodes swelled up at groin area?

Very probable: Flea bites or any insect bite compromise the integrity of the skin and thus allow bacteria to ingress. These bacteria go along the lymphatic systems and end up in regional lymph nodes and there as the host mounts a defence, the lymph glands hypertrophy (become enlarged) and sometimes painful as the battle takes place. ...Read more

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Do I have flea bites on my lower back or pimples that have scabbed over?

Flea usually itch: 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. ...Read more

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I've had small red welts pop I over the last week. Thought they were flea bites but had a lot this morning & giant clusters of welts on both legs?

ALLERGY??: You could have gotten one bite and then an allergic response because of the release of histamine spontaneously or bue to scratcing. Take benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally, apply calamine lotion and see if they disappear. If not see your dr ...Read more

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I have a very itchy scabs/rash that looks similar to flea bites only on my arms and legs for the last 2 months no change in detergent or diet No fleas?

I have a very itchy scabs/rash that looks similar to flea bites only on my arms and legs for the last 2 months no change in detergent or diet No fleas?

Itchy rash: From the characteristics of the rash, you should still consider insect bites, especially if only exposed skin is affected as well as if anyone else is affected. You should allow the skin to heal by avoid scratching. Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help decrease the itching. Use Neosporin on any open sores to cut down on infection. Ultimately, you should see your doc and maybe a Dermatologist for more help. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands in my groin, both sides. They seem mobile and soft. I had cellulitis in one leg 1 month ago. I have flea bites in both legs.

I have swollen glands in my groin, both sides. They seem mobile and soft. I had cellulitis in one leg 1 month ago. I have flea bites in both legs.

Lymph glands: Glands in the groin are used to help infections in the legs/feet. They may also get infected. If it persists, see your doctor ...Read more

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2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

NEEDS to be seen: It's hard to tell by description--so he needs to be seen to get a diagnosis. Chicken pox seems least likely but 'hot bumps' is concerning for an infection/cellulitis. ...Read more

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How can you treat flea bites on humans?

Flea Bites: You can us an over-the-counter 1% Hydrocortisone to relieve itching. Antihistamines you take by mouth may also help with itching.
You can also get prescription cortisone which is stronger. The best thing to do is to get rid of the fleas. ...Read more

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How many times can one flea bite a human in one day?

How many times can one flea bite a human in one day?

More than once: A flea can repeatedly bite a host and can live for months under ideal conditions. The precise number of times one flea can bite a human varies by flea type, stage of maturity and environmental factors that influence the life cycle. In other words, your question does not have a precise answer. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of flea bites on humans?

Fleas: 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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Can you provide picture of a flea bite on a human?

Here is a link: Http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-flea-bites.

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Please tell me, are human bites the same as animal bites?

Please tell me, are human bites the same as animal bites?

No: Human bites are prone to cause infection because the human mouth is full of bacteria. Animal bites can also cause infection, frequently with bacteria that commonly colonize the animal's mouths as well. These bacteria are frequently different than those in the human mouth. Some animal bites can cause rabies which does not occur with human bites. ...Read more

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Saw pictures of flea bites on humans and fleas but live in nice home. What could I have?

Saw pictures of flea bites on humans and fleas but live in nice home. What could I have?

See below: Still could be fleas but most insect bites look similar. All insect bites can cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. If you have pets, check them. ...Read more