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Flea Bites Hives
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
It's been about a week since my dogs had fleas, i got bites too. And now I have something that looks like hives/rash that keeps spreading. What is it?
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. ...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 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 (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec. Of course, controlling the source of the fleas is critical, too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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