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Doctor insights on: Flea Bite Infection Symptoms

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Can flea bites cause skin infections like exzma?

Can flea bites cause skin infections like exzma?

Flea bites: Skin infection can result from excessive scratching but flea bites do not cause eczema. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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?

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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I am not sure if these are flea bites, but I have looked the symptoms up online and they seem to fit my conditions. I do not know how to stop the itching and bumps. Please help.?

I am not sure if these are flea bites, but I have looked the symptoms up online and they seem to fit my conditions. I do not know how to stop the itching and bumps. Please help.?

Itchy bumps: Flea bites appear as small, red bumps, that remain small, unlike mosquito bites. Relieve the symptoms of flea bites with over-the-counter anti-itch creams and antihistamine medications (Loratadine). Avoid scratching the area. If not better or infection develops, see your doctor.
Do-it-yourself home treatments are available for fleas, but if they do not work, you may need to seek professional help. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have bed bugs flea bites or hives symptoms?

I need help! How do I know if I have bed bugs flea bites or hives symptoms?

Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck & legs. Flea bites may be clustered ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of flea bites?

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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My cat has got fleas, they bite me 50 time, and I obverse 2 fleas on my leg... an I detect infections or diseases? What should I do? Thanks a lot

My cat has got fleas, they bite me 50 time, and I obverse 2 fleas on my leg... an I detect infections or diseases? What should I do? Thanks a lot

Collar the cat: The fleas put you at risk of various diseases. Commonly, you can develop a localized skin infection where you have been bitten. Also an allergic dermatitis because of the repeated bites can develop into a full blown allergy to the point of generalized allergy symptoms. Not common, but you risk potentially serious diseases, ricktessia and Bordetella. Tx cat/sanitize house, personal belongings. ...Read more

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FLEAS... I have at least 30-50 bites and I believe they are getting infected because I itch in my sleep constantly how do I stop the infections?

FLEAS... I have at least 30-50 bites and I believe they are getting infected because I itch in my sleep constantly how do I stop the infections?

See below.: First, make sure they are flea bites....speak to/and or see your doctor for the proper diagnosis. Bed bugs can cause similar symptoms. In order to stop from getting them, you need to find the cause. For either, in order for them not to get infected, you should try taking an oral antihistamine for the itching. If you're on other medications, please ask your doctor first. ...Read more

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If you were bit by a cat how long would it be for symptoms of infection to show up if it were to become infected?

If you were bit by a cat how long would it be for symptoms of infection to show up if it were to become infected?

Cat Bite: Typically 24 hours or earlier if the patient has vascular disease. The bacteria typically seen is Pasteurella multocida - which is PCN sensitive. ...Read more

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I just got bit by a mosquito right around where my thumb phalanges meet my metacarpils. I don't feel anything other than tension in the bitten hand and an itch. No signs of infection. Is tension a normal first symptom of a mosquito bite to the hand?

I just got bit by a mosquito right around where my thumb phalanges meet my metacarpils. I don't feel anything other than tension in the bitten hand and an itch. No signs of infection. Is tension a normal first symptom of a mosquito bite to the hand?

Swelling?: Mosquito bite usually causes swelling at the local site with itching soon to follow. Swelling at or near a joint would lead to stiffness which I expect should go away within 2 days but the itching may linger on for a couple of weeks. ...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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I think I may have flea bites, but not sure what nasty diseases are transmitted by dog or cat fleas in the u.S.?

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

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Should I be worried if I have a flea bite on my anus?

Should I be worried if I have a flea bite on my anus?

Staph Infection: Until seen by a physician you should consider this lesion, whether you feel it is from a bug bite or not, to be a dangerous infection with the staph bacteria. These lesions are not to be ignored. ...Read more

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Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Topical ointment: For flea bites use topical ointments that help with itching like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ointment, calamine lotions. Usually they get better in 2-7 days. If the itching is not better with topical ointments then take some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. For kids the dose is based on weight so consult with your doctor.
Occasionally bites can get infected with bacteria. Look out for lots of swelling, pain, and possibly pus. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of the fleas in my home and the flea bites on my back?

Spray: You can call a professional exterminator, or you can try those aerosol spray "bombs" that you set off while you are away for a few hours. Not recommended if you live with pets, fish or children. Once you fix the infestation problem, the bites will go away. ...Read more

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I need help identifying a bite? May be flea bite, but could be tick bite also?

You already received: 2 descriptions of tick bites. 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. A skin biopsy is sometimes needed for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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