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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.See 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch.
Flea bites: Flea bites may be clustered into 3 itchy bumps that bleed ; blanch (turn white) when you press on them. They tend to be found at skin folds (breast or groin) ; folds of joints (ankle, knee, elbow, axilla) as well as legs. A rash ; swelling can occur as well as secondary infection from scratching. A skin biopsy is sometimes needed for accurate diagnosis.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on early Rx: Treating flea bites promptly with cool compresses, 1 % hydrocortisone/calmine and perhaps an oral antihistamine (claritin/zyrtec) and tending to the scar after the lesions heal will minimize their appearance. If they are severe, exfoliation, moisturizing, sun block and over the counter anti scar treatment (mederma/neosporin scar solution) are starters for fading the scars.
Insect bites: You would get local reactions to any type of insect bites since they all release some type of venoms in their bites. If there are local reactions only, even if it is a large swelling, it only needs to be treated symptomatically. If you have a systemic reaction, breathing problems or nauseat vomiting, you need to see an allergist to be evaluated and tested for.
Avoid flea exposure: Keep the bite sites clean and apply a small dab of antibiotic ointment like Mupirocin to avoid infection. Decrease itching with after-bite. Rid your home of fleas with the assistance of an exterminator and treat your flea-ridden animals. Then protect them with monthly flea treatment.
Flea bites: Flea bites appear within minutes after being bitten. It all begins with an itchy area that becomes red and puffy after being scratched.
If you were lying: On the beach ; were bitten - yes. The sand flea jumps in the air and often causes a cluster of painful/ itchy lesions w hives about 10 inches above the ground. Most often these are found on the ankles.