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Doctor insights on: Flea Bites And Bedbug Bites

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Are flea bites similar to having bedbug bites?

Are flea bites similar to having bedbug bites?

There can be: Differences. 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). A rash may develop and swelling can occur as well as secondary infection from scratching. A skin biopsy is sometimes needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Bed bug bites may cause no.

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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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How to tell if I have bedbug bites or flea bites. Every thing I see online does not really help I am so lost and confused?

How to tell if I have bedbug bites or flea bites. Every thing I see online does not really help I am so lost and confused?

May be: Hard to tell. Flea bites are grouped in 3-4, prefer creases, ankles, legs, armpits, waist. Bed bugs can affect any part of the body, usually open ones (face, arms, etc.), sometimes paired (group of 2).

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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.

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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.

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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

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Wake up daily with new bites, in lines or clusters. Checked for bedbugs thoroughly but found no traces (no shells, no blood stains, nothing in bed crevices or frame). Could it be hives or another allergic reaction? I don't think it's fleas because my husb

Wake up daily with new bites, in lines or clusters. Checked for bedbugs thoroughly but found no traces (no shells, no blood stains, nothing in bed crevices or frame). Could it be hives or another allergic reaction? I don't think it's fleas because my husb

Scabies: Insect bits that are in a linear pattern can be scabies. These are microscopic mites that burrow under the skin and cause intense itching, sometimes all over the body. It is acquired from either another person or infested sand/soil. You need to see a doctor for the proper treatment, permethrin cream, and to wash all fomites in hot water or dry in a hot drier to kill the mites.

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I aam being bit. Its big lumps on hands arms legs back and butt. I seen a bug red and flat is it bedbugs or fleas?

Bedbugs vs fleas: Bedbugs signs: 1. Blood smears on bedding (turn black over time). 2. Amber colored “shells” = shedded exoskeletons. 3. Bug feces on sheets (brown- black dots). 4. W heavy infestation, bug's secretions leave “musty sweet”odor. Don't expect to “see” eggs. They're nocturnal ; in small crevices, translucent ; 1/16th inch long. Adults are 1/4th inch long ; flat. Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs.

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Are flea bites dangerous?

Usually not but: 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.

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What to put on my flea bites?

What to put on my flea bites?

Hydrocortisone cream: It should help with redness and itching.

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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.

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Flea bites how to stop them hurting?

Flea bites how to stop them hurting?

Flea bites: First wash the bite with cool water & mild soap (hot water intensifies the itch); pat dry; don't scratch; apply tiny dab of Hydrocortisone cream or some tea tree oil or witch hazel or aloe vera gel or neem oil to calm the itching. For more persistent itching, use otc antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec. Of course, controlling the source of the fleas is critical, too.

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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.

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How come I have flea bites, but nobody else in the family has it?

Depends: I agree with dr westfried. Also, everyone responds differently to bites. It is possible that other family members were exposed but their reaction is not as severe as yours and they may not have any symptoms.

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What helps prevent flea bites?

Insect repellent: Eliminating the source of the infestation is key to preventing flea bites. Make sure that your pet is treated for fleas. Vacuum carpeted areas, clean pet bedding and treat outdoor areas with the appropriate insecticide, use insect repellent if you will be outdoors or around animals that may be infected with fleas.

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How do you get rid of itchy flea bites?

You don't: You can make them less itchy with anti-itch cream, and your body will heal them naturally. What you need to get rid of is the fleas.

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Are flea bites harmful to baby in womb??

Are flea bites harmful to baby in womb??

Depends: If that flea carried plague and you got sick I can see that that bite could be a problem. However, we don't see plague in this country and your average flea bite is just a nuisance, not a threat to you or baby.

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How can you get rid of flea bites on your skin?

How can you get rid of flea bites on your skin?

Treat cause: First of all, fix the source (i. Dog, carpet etc). For the itch you can use a topical steroid like Hydrocortisone and take an atihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine). If this does not relive your symptoms see a dermatologist for prescription treatment.

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