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Flea Bite Infection Symptoms
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
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
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.?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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 was diagnosed three days ago with a sinus infection--the usual symptoms. I've been a bit lightheaded however. I'm on a z pack. Is this unusual?
Not unusual: A sinus infection could make you feel lightheaded as well as taking antibiotics. Make sure you rest and keep hydrated. ...Read more
I've had a cold for a little bit now and have nausea, drowsiness, sensitivity to light and plus symptoms of a sinus infection is it viral meningitis?
I was bitten and given antibiotics for an infection. It's been 24hrs, the swellings gone down slightly but I have flu symptoms and sore throat. Help?
Bite: Sounds like a response to the bite you should get some blood tests to look at lyme (if it was a tick) and other diseases that can be carried by mosquitoes ...Read more
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
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
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
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
A bite alone: Will not usually take a week to show up but it can. A sand flea burrowing under the skin and laying eggs can give you symptoms for weeks. It is important not to scratch the bites. Use Ibuprofen for pain and an antihistamine for itching. Some relief can be obtained with the use of Aloe vera or teat tree oil. ...Read more
Post-inflammatory?: If they are bite marks / wounds that get dark, this may be related to your skin color/type. In people with darker skin (e.g. Italian, Latino, African American, etc), wounds will generate more melanin deposition = post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This generally fades over time. You can cover it up with various make-ups /creams or look online for other remedies. ...Read more
Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) lotion: Try some over the counter benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg every 6-8 hours for the itching. Here's some other things to help: 1) keep skin cool, heat makes itching worse 2) use lotion, dry is tichy, 3) avoid friction, rubbing skin causes itchy skin to be more itchy. Be aware that the benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you sleepy so don't drive and take it. Try to get rid of the fleas. Good luck. ...Read more
I have numerous flea bites which came from a wild raccoon. Is there any possibility of contracting rabies from the flea bites?
Rabies: Is not transmitted by fleas.Get a more detailed answer ›
I received flea bites for the first time in my home. I washed the sheets and vacuumed the floor. How do I know if I need to call exterminator?
No need yet: You have done the biggest part of cleaning up but eggs can persist in your environment. This is especially true if you have pets. So a big part of control is your pets too. Fleas also can live outside and if you have done everything you can and still have a flea problem it might be from outside. ...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
How come every summer I get flea bites but not on winter? How can I get rid of fleas once and for all?! had them for like 4 and more years! Help!
Fleas: The fleas live better in the summer, but you must find their source! If you have pets, they need to be treated aggressively, if your house is infested, then you need to exterminate them and clean your house with bug/flea "bombs." once you eradicate the source, the fleas will be gone. ...Read more
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
Hello all, My wife has gotten some rashes for a week. They are like flea bites but I don't think they are because we didn't see any of them. What is it?
This will require: In-person evaluation for proper diagnosis.Get a more detailed answer ›
Having a bunch of little bumps appear on my skin, they look like flea bites, but they aren't. They don't itch until I touch them, more appear each day?
Rash: Rashes are impossible to diagnosis without looking at them. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more