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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 ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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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?

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?

See a dermatologist: Your best course is to seek a precise diagnosis, then treat accordingly. Sometimes flea bites result in eczema which then is relieved with prescription cortisone cream. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are flea bites dangerous?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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I think I may have flea bites, but not sure what nasty diseases are transmitted by dog or cat fleas in the u.S.?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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