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Flea Bites Emedicine
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 or zyrtec. Of course, controlling the source of the fleas is critical, too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Itchy bites: Itch and swelling from insect bites and stings is usually improved with oral antihistamines and topical steroid creams. Washing with soap and water and patting dry 1-2 times daily will be important to prevent infection. Trimming your nails will help prevent further skin trauma by itching. Treating the home and pets to eliminate infestation would be wise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: ...On how many you have and how long you've had them. With aggressive treatment by a dermatologist, they can clear in as little as a few days, but no reputable doctor can pinpoint a timeframe; everyone responds differently to treatment. Obviously, you need to make sure the source of the fleas has been eliminated so you don't get a whole new set of bites after the present ones clear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fleas: Use antiseptic soap to wash flea bites. Do Not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% hydrocortisone on the bites or use antihistamines for itching. A paste made of @ parts baking soda and 1 part water can be applied to the bites.However the bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. This can be very difficult so many people elect to hire a pest control professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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