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How To Prevent Flea Bites
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: Flea bites, like all insect bites, are an allergic reaction to the biting insect. Generally, the reaction is mild, and lasts a few days, and does not cause a large wound or area of inflammation. If you pick at the flea bite, you may create a big wound that can leave a permanent scar.. Most bites leave a discolored blemish, but these are not scars. So, prevent the bite with off, and us hc1% cream. ...Read more
Be aware of how you : Can pick them up. Cimex lectularius or the bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It can be transported on your clothing, luggage, second hand furniture etc. You can even get it using public transportation. It can go up to a year without feeding, so that allows it to just sit and wait until it catches a ride on something or someone. If you live in an apartment complex it may move from one unit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 or zyrtec. Of course, controlling the source of the fleas is critical, too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. Treating the home and pets to eliminate infestation would be wise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: ...On how many you have and how long you've had them. With aggressive treatment by a dermatologist, they can clear in as little as a few days, but no reputable doctor can pinpoint a timeframe; everyone responds differently to treatment. Obviously, you need to make sure the source of the fleas has been eliminated so you don't get a whole new set of bites after the present ones clear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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