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I am now allergic to fleas, what to do?

I am now allergic to fleas, what to do?

Some precautions: Avoidance as much as you can, use propellent if available, antihistaminic OTC if exposed, together with OTC anti inflammatory cream, (hydrocortisone 1%), if more severe reaction, please see an allergist, good luck ...Read more

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My son got bit by fleas what do I need to get for his bits?

My son got bit by fleas what do I need to get for his bits?

Flea Bites: Flea bites are very itchy, causing young children to scratch so much that the skin breaks, with potential for infection or scarring. Bites are best treated with a combination of oral or topical benadryl, (diphenhydramine) a topical Hydrocortisone cream and then cover with a bandage. More potent prescription medicines can be obtained from your dermatologist if the above is not sufficient. ...Read more

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My apartment building has fleas, what can I do to stop them from biting me?

My apartment building has fleas, what can I do to stop them from biting me?

Fleas: Wash everything fleas touch w hot water ; dry on high heat. Vacuum house several times.Empty vacuum bag outdoors ; put disposable bag in 2nd sealable bag in outdoor trash can. Spray corners, carpets etc with food grade diatomaceous earth or a natural flea spray. See: http://www.Fleaseason.Com/fleas-humans.Shtml. ...Read more

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I have a 6 week old baby, and a ferret that has fleas... what can I do? I don't want any chemicals near my child, but I want to kill all of the fleas?

I have a 6 week old baby, and a ferret that has fleas... what can I do? I don't want any chemicals near my child, but I want to kill all of the fleas?

Hopefully: you are not allowing contact between newborn & infant. Consider keeping ferret contained in a different part of the house than baby is in. ...Read more

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My 7 month old is covered in flea bites, what can I do?

My 7 month old is covered in flea bites, what can I do?

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. ...Read more

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Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Topical ointment: For flea bites use topical ointments that help with itching like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ointment, calamine lotions. Usually they get better in 2-7 days. If the itching is not better with topical ointments then take some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. For kids the dose is based on weight so consult with your doctor. Occasionally bites can get infected with bacteria. Look out for lots of swelling, pain, and possibly pus. ...Read more

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How are fleas spread?

How are fleas spread?

Flea transmission: Fleas are parasites that can be the vector for many diseases. They have no wings, so they can simply crawl onto your skin. ...Read more

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Does flea larvae bite?

Does flea larvae bite?

Larvae don't bite: Flea larvae survive on eating digested blood from adult flea feces, dead skin, hair, feathers, and organic debris found in carpet, rugs, fabric on furniture, and bedding material. Adult fleas do bite, because they need a fresh blood meal. Newly hatched ones will die unless they feed within 1 week; older fleas can live 2 months-1year without feeding. ...Read more

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Can fleas bite anywhere?

Can fleas bite anywhere?

Yes but they tend: To be found at skin folds (breast or groin) & folds of joints (ankle, knee, elbow, axilla). ...Read more

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Can fleas live in the skin?

Can fleas live in the skin?

Fleas are built: to live on furry bodies. It is difficult for them to hide and hang on to our relatively bare skin. So although fleas will bite humans, they don't usually live on them. ...Read more