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What is the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites?

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. ...Read more

Bed Bugs (Definition)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological ...Read more


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How to determine the difference between a flea bite or a bed bug bite?

How to determine the difference between a flea bite or a bed bug bite?

You might not be : Able to distinguish them. Both can leave red, itchy, swollen areas of skin. However the bed bug may leave a track of bites in a line. The flea does not do this. Fleas bites are likely to be more dispersed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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I was getting bitten repeatedly but no one else was bitten that has come over for hours and I am not sure if bed bugs or flea?

I was getting bitten repeatedly but no one else was bitten that has come over for hours and I am not sure if bed bugs or flea?

If your friends were: Over during the day - they wouldn't be bitten. Bed bugs hides in crevices during the day. At night they are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale as well the warmth emitted by our bodies. They come out to feed on our blood. ...Read more

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I know its the bed making us ichy.But we have no bites im 90percent sure its not fleas or bed bugs.Going to get a new bed but would like to know why?

I know its the bed making us ichy.But we have no bites im 90percent sure its not fleas or bed bugs.Going to get a new bed but would like to know why?

Agree w earlier : Response. Would only get a new bed if that seems to be related to your itching. How do you know it isn't bedbugs? ...Read more

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Mostly my husband and toddlers get bit; I do some; we do not see or feel the bites. It is not fleas; I do not see signs of bed bugs; what type of bug?

Mostly my husband and toddlers get bit; I do some; we do not see or feel the bites. It is not fleas; I do not see signs of bed bugs; what type of bug?

Hard to say!: Your best bet for finding out the culprits is to call an exterminator. Those folks can not only tell you what might be going on, but also fix it. We don't have enough info to tell you what bug. In the meantime, avoid fragrances and harsh soaps, as these may irritate skin and add to itching. So use unscented everything for sensitive skin. No fabric softeners at all. No aerosols. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bed bug bite and a flea bite?

What is the difference between a bed bug bite and a flea bite?

Bed bug vs flea: Bed bug bites may cause no sx's or signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show as fast as an hour or may not show for several days after being bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions with a clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential >>. ...Read more

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I have a single itchy bump on my arm that looks like a bug bite. It's winter though. What can it be? No bed bugs, fleas, etc. in home...

I have a single itchy bump on my arm that looks like a bug bite. It's winter though. What can it be? No bed bugs, fleas, etc. in home...

? Fungal or bug bite: Sometimes a fungal infection or "ringworm" will start as a slightly itchy red bump that then enlarges in a circle form. More likely, with all of the fresh evergreens with the holidays, you may have picked up a chigger or other biting insect. Fleas have also been known to hitch a ride. I have occasionally had fleas hop off patients in my office, and they do jump! ...Read more

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I woke up with itchy different size red bites all down my arm and body and I'm scared it might be bed bugs or just fleas. How can I tell?

I woke up with itchy different size red bites all down my arm and body and I'm scared it might be bed bugs or just fleas. How can I tell?

Exterminator: Are other people also getting the same thing? Any animals? Are the spots in lines? Do you have little brown/red blood spots on the sheets? If you turn on the light at night, do you see them running for their nest? An exterminator can put out a trap to identify bedbugs or batbugs. ...Read more

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I get itchy bumps that look like bites but have no bed bugs/fleas. Get them anywhwere/any time. Stopped for a week or two, now getting again.

I get itchy bumps that look like bites but have no bed bugs/fleas. Get them anywhwere/any time. Stopped for a week or two, now getting again.

Hives: Although it is hard to tell without seeing the rash, you may have hives. They should resolve on their own and may respond to an over the counter antihistamine such as Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec. If they persist, cpnsult an allergist. ...Read more

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I think i got bite by a bed bug or flea on my labia minora and it's so itchy. What can i do to stop the itchiness?

I think i got bite by a bed bug or flea on my labia minora and it's so itchy. What can i do to stop the itchiness?

Very unusual: to get an insect bite on the labia minora, so you might want to make sure it is not an infection. If it is a bite benadryl or lanacaine creams would help ...Read more

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How to know if I have bed bugs fleas or hives?

How to know if I have bed bugs fleas or 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

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Are bed bugs much different than fleas?

Are bed bugs much different than fleas?

Bed bug bites may : Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show as fast as an hour or may not show for several days after being bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions with a clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but it doesn't>. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have bed bugs fleas or hives?

How do I know if I have bed bugs fleas or hives?

Well.. bedbug bites: May have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from 1 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 cluster. ...Read more

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I went to nhs and they said I have flea bites, since 5days alraedy, i washed my clothes, bed sheet, etc took shower twice a day, rash still comes up?

I went to nhs and they said I have flea bites, since 5days alraedy, i washed my clothes, bed sheet, etc took shower twice a day, rash still comes up?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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For the past couple of months I noticed I can't stop itching at night. The itchiness is all over my body, what do I do? I don't have bed bugs or fleas

For the past couple of months I noticed I can't stop itching at night. The itchiness is all over my body, what do I do? I don't have bed bugs or fleas

Histamine levels r: highest at night, so try an antihistamine before bedtime and also a topical moisturizer. If not better, see doctor for work-up ...Read more

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Pimple-like/red dots on ankles. Recently moved to new house. No animals. Itchy but able to avoid itching. Bed bugs? Fleas? Some are in a line, not all

Try an OTC: 1% hydrocortisone cream first. If there is no relief of symptoms after 3-5 days then you should see your doctor. Definitely try to find a source if possible...inspect the mattress/sheets if you live in an area where bed bugs are prevalent. ...Read more

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I have Little Black Bugs on my hair. I have tried for medication for lice and it did not work. Now I am trying Green Bug for fleas, bed bugs, mites an?

I have Little Black Bugs on my hair. I have tried for medication for lice and it did not work. Now I am trying Green Bug for fleas, bed bugs, mites an?

Little bugs.: This can be very frustration, and I certainly feel for your distress. Have you tried prescription medication and have you seen your physician? If you manage to find one or many of these insects, please capture them put them in a bag and deliver them to your physician.
Identifying the organism can offer more targeted treatment options. I hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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I have tiny red bumps on my legs. It's not bed bugs or fleas. What are they?

I have tiny red bumps on my legs. It's not bed bugs or fleas. What are they?

Keratosis Pilaris: I assume they are at the thigh area. If they are, most likely benign bumps called keratosis pilaris. The bumps can be smoothed out by lotions that contain acids such as amlactin (otc). If the bumps are lower, they could be bites, razor burn, folliculitis, fungus, etc. Touch to say without photo. ...Read more

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How do bed bugs bites look first?

How do bed bugs bites look first?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually. ...Read more

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What to do if I am getting bit and it's not bed bugs?

Need to get: An idea of what type of bug is biting you and where they are coming from to eradicate them. ...Read more

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Could i get bit by bed bugs but not have them in my house?

Possibly: Did you stay at a hotel or friend's home recently that could have been infested with bed bugs? ...Read more

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Can bed bugs bite your head?

Can bed bugs bite your head?

Yes: Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. >. ...Read more

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Do bed bugs bite the same spot?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's or signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show as fast as an hour or it may not show for several days after being bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions which are clear in center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – >. ...Read more

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What does bed bug bite look like?

Bed bugs: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. Here are some tell tale signs that your bites are being caused by bedbugs. ...Read more

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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