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Dr. Norman Levine
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I have itchy blisters on forearms from flea bites. Highly sensitive to fleas. Bitten aug 3rd. How to treat this & how long will this last? Prednisone?

Dr. Norman Levine
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I have itchy blisters on forearms from flea bites. Highly sensitive to fleas. Bitten aug 3rd. How to treat this & how long will this last? Prednisone?

Insect bites: I would recommend that you apply ice directly to the bites and leave the ice in place for up to 30 minutes. Bites often are itchy for up to seven days. Prednisone is probably not a good idea. ...Read more

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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites occur when a flea bites a person, and can cause itching and irritation at the site of the bite ...Read more


Dr. Keith Ramsey
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How long do sand flea bites last?

Dr. Keith Ramsey
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
31 years in practice
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How long do sand flea bites last?

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 will help the itch. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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How long do flea bites last?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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How long do flea bites last?

Depends.: If you have a type 1 allergy to insect saliva, should be gone in 1-2 days. If type 4, could last for weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
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How long does flea bites lasts?

Dr. Keith Ramsey
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
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How long does flea bites lasts?

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 will help the itch. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
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How long do water flea bites last?

Dr. Keith Ramsey
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How long do water flea bites last?

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 will help the itch. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Grieco
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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

Dr. Robert Grieco
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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

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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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Have had flea bites for the last few weeks and they are still on my legs how long does it take before they go ? They won't stop bleeding ?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Have had flea bites for the last few weeks and they are still on my legs how long does it take before they go ? They won't stop bleeding ?

Don't scratch.: When bites last that long, it's usually because the victim is scratching them, which keeps them inflamed - and also explains the bleeding, in your case. Soak a washcloth or old towel in warm water and apply it to your legs at least a couple of times a day. Take Allegra (available otc) to decrease the itching, and do whatever you have to do (wear boxing gloves?) to keep yourself from scratching. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Using a cream called remos ib, will this help my sand flea bites?They have become extremely red and solid like balls on my legs.How long until they go

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Using a cream called remos ib, will this help my sand flea bites?They have become extremely red and solid like balls on my legs.How long until they go

Sand flies: It sounds like your bites may be infected. See a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Norman Levine
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I have itchy blisters on forearms from flea bites. Highly sensitive to fleas. Bitten aug 3rd. How to treat this & how long will this last? Prednisone?

Dr. Norman Levine
Board Certified, Dermatology
46 years in practice
343K people helped

Insect bites: I would recommend that you apply ice directly to the bites and leave the ice in place for up to 30 minutes. Bites often are itchy for up to seven days. Prednisone is probably not a good idea. ...Read more

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How long do flea bites itch?

Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
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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

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