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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flea Bites (Overview)

Flea bites occur when a flea bites a person, and can cause itching and irritation at the site of the bite as well as infections.


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What sort of disorder is having flea bites?

What sort of disorder is having flea bites?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
155 doctors shared insights

Flea Bites (Overview)

Flea bites occur when a flea bites a person, and can cause itching and irritation at the site of the bite as well as infections.


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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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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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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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A detmatologist diagnosed these as flea bites, but the dog does not have fleas, groomer and vet confirmed. They've been there 5 wks. Suggestions?

Other bugs: Most insect bites look similar. If it isn't flea bites, it may be other bugs. Have u checked your home for bed bugs? We are seeing quite a lot of these. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Tip)

Treating Insect Bites

Don't scratch.4itching use Hydrocortisone cream. Red/hard or painful/4tick bite/ see the doctor asap. ...See more

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I think I have flea bites. How do I know if I have picked up a disease from them?

Most of the time: They are an annoyance, however 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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House suffer from fleas infestation. Male 32 yo suffer from itching small wounds caused by fleas bite. Please advise how to ease the itch avoid wound?

House suffer from fleas infestation. Male 32 yo suffer from itching small wounds caused by fleas bite. Please advise how to ease the itch avoid wound?

Pests and pesticides: Repellents help prevent insect borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis, and others. Flea infestation and small wounds could be "bed bugs". Recently adverse health effects of insect repellents have increased, especially for "deet". Bottom line, get an exterminator to help rid your house of the "fleas"; shower, use hair dryer on the bites, don't scratch and try benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Tip)

Treating Insect Bites

Use DEET repellant and get vaccines. Don't forget to spray kids, apply repellant before sunscreen. ...See more