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Fleas What To Do
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, 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Topical ointment: For flea bites use topical ointments that help with itching like Benadryl ointment, calamine lotions. Usually they get better in 2-7 days. If the itching is not better with topical ointments then take some Benadryl 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My cats have brought fleas into the house quite a bit. Im workin on getting them undercontrol is there any health risk ?
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