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Help please. Saw picture of flea bites on humans and looks like one on my child. Too embarassed to tell anyone?

Help please. Saw picture of flea bites on humans and looks like one on my child. Too embarassed to tell anyone?

Don't worry: If your child has a bite and is really bothered by it/itching it- or it looks infected - see a doctor. If you have an animal that could have fleas - get the animal treated. Do not be embarassed. Doctors see everything. We do not judge. We see lice and scabies and many things. We want to help. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites occur when a flea bites a person, and can cause itching and irritation at the site of the bite ...Read more


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What is the best way to treat a lot of flea bites on toddlers?

What is the best way to treat a lot of flea bites on toddlers?

Get rid of the fleas: Themselves. Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bites or take antihistamines for itching. A paste made of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water can be applied to bites. The bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. Many people elect to hire an exterminator. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter cream for a child who is allergic to flea bites?

What is the best over-the-counter cream for a child who is allergic to flea bites?

Hydrocortisone: Cream or ointment. Can also use a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Ice packs are a natural way to help with itch. ...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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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. ...Read more