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Flea Bites While Pregnant
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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
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
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
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
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
Flea bites burrow : Under the skin. 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. Or apply aloe vera. Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's for pain. ...Read more
Delayed flea bites: You can have what is called an id reaction. Your body can develop a reaction to the bites even after they are gone. They are often as itchy and annoying as the original bites. Using something to control the itch can be helpful and having patience for them to go away. ...Read more
Flea bites: 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
Flea bites are self limited because man is not the natural host.There are many cases that are probably never seen by physicians and s
ef correct if the host dog or cat is treated properly. ...Read more
Flea bites: Use antiseptic soap to wash flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone on the bites or use antihistamines for itching. A paste made of @ parts baking soda and 1 part water can be applied to the bites.However the bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. This can be very difficult so many people elect to hire pest control professionals. Fleas can carry tapeworm. ...Read more
Fleas: 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
Likely itch/scratch: The itch scratch cycle is a self perpetuating problem. When you scratch at the area, it actually re-injures it & triggers the release of local chemicals in the skin. Later you scratch/injure it again and so on. A cool compress can stop some of the itch,If you stop scratching, or cover the area so you can't get at it, the issue should disappear. ...Read more
Get away from them!: Natural treatments? If they itch, an anti-itch cream that's over-the-counter can work- your drug store's pharmacist can help you choose one. Alternatively, oatmeal baths work. However, you should address the source of the fleas (most natural way is to avoid being near the source of the fleas. Avoid scratching the bites or else you increase the risk for a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more
Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) lotion: Try some over the counter benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg every 6-8 hours for the itching. Here's some other things to help: 1) keep skin cool, heat makes itching worse 2) use lotion, dry is tichy, 3) avoid friction, rubbing skin causes itchy skin to be more itchy. Be aware that the benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you sleepy so don't drive and take it. Try to get rid of the fleas. Good luck. ...Read more
I have numerous flea bites which came from a wild raccoon. Is there any possibility of contracting rabies from the flea bites?
Rabies: is not transmitted by fleas.Get a more detailed answer ›
I received flea bites for the first time in my home. I washed the sheets and vacuumed the floor. How do I know if i need to call exterminator?
No need yet: You have done the biggest part of cleaning up but eggs can persist in your environment.. This is especially true if you have pets. So a big part of control is your pets too. Fleas also can live outside and if you have done everything you can and still have a flea problem it might be from outside. ...Read more
30-40 flea bites. Got completely rid of the fleas in the house 100% but new bumps are forming. Is it possible i could've gotten a disease from it?
Flea bites: If new bumps are coming after you know you had fleas, chances are good that some stealthy fleas are still there -- and are hungry. It can happen if your pet goes outside and comes back in again. ...Read more
How come every summer i get flea bites but not on winter? How can I get rid of fleas once and for all?! had them for like 4 and more years! help !
Fleas: The fleas live better in the summer, but you must find their source! if you have pets, they need to be treated aggressively, if your house is infested, then you need to exterminate them and clean your house with bug/flea "bombs." once you eradicate the source, the fleas will be gone. ...Read more
I have 2 flea bites in the pubic region. They itch like crazy and was wondering how long it should take for it to heal and go away if they are bites?
Flea bites?: if they are indeed flea bites, it should feel better in a few days. you could try some hydrocortisone or itch-x to help w/the itching. if you are not sure, however, you need to have it checked out because it could be something more serious and it better to treat it early before it spreads ...Read more