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How long do flea bites itch?

How long do flea bites itch?

Varies: Usually one to two weeks. To hasten resolution, try a topical steroid and take an antihistamine. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Can anyone suggest any advice how to handle flea bites? We have a few recently and they have only bit my wife. She says it's painful and itches bad

Can anyone suggest any advice how to handle flea bites? We have a few recently and they have only bit my wife. She says it's painful and itches bad

Flea bites: For the discomfort of the bites, I would apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream twice a day. If the bites become increasingly painful or form pus, she should see a doctor to rule out a secondary bacterial infection of the bites. You should also wash all bedding/towels in hot water or dry in a hot dryer to kill any residual fleas. If you have pets, get them checked at the vet for fleas. ...Read more

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How long will sand flea bites takes to heal? They have stopped itching so much but have become smaller and darker? Is this the normal healing process

How long will sand flea bites takes to heal? They have stopped itching so much but have become smaller and darker? Is this the normal healing process

Normal: You are on the mends! It goes bright red, to dark to a little residual pigment and if you didn't scratch too much, gone. Good health. ...Read more

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Is there anything natural I can use on itching flea bites?

Is there anything natural I can use on itching flea bites?

Warm water: Try using a soft toothbrush gently rubbing the skin while running under very warm water for about 5 - 10 min. That should give you several hours of relief and allow you to fall asleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime may also help you sleep. ...Read more

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Are there any ways that I can help relieve the itching of flea bites?

Are there any ways that I can help relieve the itching of flea bites?

Anti-itch: Anti-itch medications can be topical such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream or caladryl. Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful as well. Removing the source of infection/infestation to prevent recurrent bites is important. ...Read more

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I had flea bites three weeks ago, they had stopped itching and seemed to be getting better, now they are looking and itching the same, is this normal?

I had flea bites three weeks ago, they had stopped itching and seemed to be getting better, now they are looking and itching the same, is this normal?

Maybe Scabies?: Possible that you've been bitten again by more fleas--or you may have contracted scabies. Scabies are mites that burrow under the skin, and cause profound itching. (especially at night) Untreated, they will continue to spread.

Treatment requires a topical scabicide--usually Elemite cream. Apply at bedtime to entire body from neck down, and wash off in morning. Repeat in 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Can't sleep due to itching flea bites. Need help NOW. How can I make the itching stop!! : (?

Can't sleep due to itching flea bites. Need help NOW. How can I make the itching stop!! : (?

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

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I am not sure if these are flea bites, but I have looked the symptoms up online and they seem to fit my conditions. I do not know how to stop the itching and bumps. Please help.?

I am not sure if these are flea bites, but I have looked the symptoms up online and they seem to fit my conditions. I do not know how to stop the itching and bumps. Please help.?

Itchy bumps: Flea bites appear as small, red bumps, that remain small, unlike mosquito bites. Relieve the symptoms of flea bites with over-the-counter anti-itch creams and antihistamine medications (Loratadine). Avoid scratching the area. If not better or infection develops, see your doctor.
Do-it-yourself home treatments are available for fleas, but if they do not work, you may need to seek professional help. ...Read more

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Would putting ice cubes on flea bites help get rid of the itching?

ICE CUBES FOR BITES: Try the ice cubes and see if it works. Can't hurt. If it doesn't work, try a Hydrocortisone cream a few times a day. ...Read more

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I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, one can take claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine that causes itching. Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for about 5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can put an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing or painful, a doctor can evaluate. "deep woods off" repels fleas. ...Read more

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I have numerous flea bites on my ankles and they itch like crazy. Is there anything I can soak my feet in to soothe the itching or another way to help?

Itchy bites: Itch and swelling from insect bites and stings is usually improved with oral antihistamines and topical steroid creams. Washing with soap and water and patting dry 1-2 times daily will be important to prevent infection. Trimming your nails will help prevent further skin trauma by itching. ...Read more

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I have flea bites on my feet. Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch stick okay for the itching?

I have flea bites on my feet. Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch stick okay for the itching?

Yes: There are multiple over the coutner anti-itching creams and gels. Any of them should work. You can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) pills but they may make you sleepy. ...Read more

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Why are my mosquito bites lasting so long? Usually they go away within an hour. Now three days later it's visible and still itches.

Why are my mosquito bites lasting so long? Usually they go away within an hour. Now three days later it's visible and still itches.

Allergy: Most people become allergic to mosquito venom after a bite or two. With each bite eliciting a larger reaction than before. It is possible that the lesion and itching may even become progressively worse over the course of a week. Try topical hydrocortisone plus anti-itch cream on the site. ...Read more

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My son has a bug bite on his outer thigh. The area around has a thin inflamed horizontal section several inches long that he says itches, not really pain. Is this something I should take him to see a doctor for?

My son has a bug bite on his outer thigh. The area around has a thin inflamed horizontal section several inches long that he says itches, not really pain. Is this something I should take him to see a doctor for?

Bug bite: If no other symptom, clean the area well, apply an antibiotic cream OTC, antihistamine if itchy. If spreading reaction or progressive symptoms, see a doctor or ER, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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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?

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

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Perfect tiny circle bug bite that itches, what could this be?

Perfect tiny circle bug bite that itches, what could this be?

Have it evaluated.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a wasp about 2 months ago the bite still itches and swells at time what should it do?

I was bitten by a wasp about 2 months ago the bite still itches and swells at time what should it do?

Retained stinger?: Wasps and their relatives (bees, yellow jackets, hornets) don't bite; they sting. Regardless, you wouldn't ordinarily have symptoms 2 months later! You might have a retained stinger, a splinter or another foreign body in the wound. Or it may have become infected. In any case, this should be checked out by a medical professional. ...Read more

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I got bit by what I think was a mosquito Saturday. It still itches and is hard to touch and red. What could it be?

Hypersensitivity: Either a hypersensitivity reaction to the bite or an early infection. Try benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching and 1 % hydrocortisone cream on the bite itself. If you develop pain, fever, red streak up your arm or leg, or it continues to enlarge, see your primary care physician. If you feel swelling in your throat, difficulty breathing, wheezing, lightheadedness, 911. ...Read more

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Please whenever I walk a little bit fast in anytime in the day my body severely itches me. This always happen to me?

Please whenever I walk a little bit fast in anytime in the day my body severely itches me. This always happen to me?

Urticaria: The most common reason for itching while walking is cholinergic urticaria, a type of hives triggered by increased body temperature. Try taking a long-acting antihistamine (such as allegra) each morning. If that doesn't prevent the itching, your doctor may want to run some tests to look for other, rarer causes. ...Read more

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I've had a bump since summer that looks bug bite ish. It itches and sometimes seems to be filled with something but is sometimes flat. Am I dying?

I've had a bump since summer that looks bug bite ish. It itches and sometimes seems to be filled with something but is sometimes flat. Am I dying?

It doesn't sound: Life threatening. It sounds like an infection that gets inflamed, drains, then swells again. It could also be a sebaceous cyst that swells and drains with sebum. Those would be my top 2 and is likely treatable by your gp. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was bit on my back early this morning in bed. We are known to have wolf, house and brown recluse around how do I identify it itches like no other?

I was bit on my back early this morning in bed. We are known to have wolf, house and brown recluse around how do I identify it itches like no other?

Spider Bites: In some cases, brown recluse spider bites can cause symptoms throughout the body. Warning signs of this syndrome include fever, rash and muscle pain.
The venom of the wolf spider is poisonous, but usually not overly harmful. Bites cause pain, inflammation, itchiness and tenderness. Lymph nodes may become swollen due to the immune. You most likely did not have a poisionious spider bite. Use Cortaid (hydrocortisone) ...Read more

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A month ago I got what I thought was a scratch about an inch long. Since then it has grown to around 5 inches. It is raised, bumpy, and itches at time. I've put a couple different things on it, but its not slowing down. What could it be?

Linear skin lesions: The commonest linear lesions on these areas would be epidermal nevi particularly ilven and also lichen striatus. Inflammatory linear with blisters would suggest herpes zoster, followed by a plant contact dermatitis or a phytophotodermatitis from a photosensitising sap or juice eg limes. A tender thrombosed vein on the chest wall is known as mondor's disease. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more