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Doctor insights on: Sand Flea Bite Symptoms

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How long do sand flea bites last?

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 (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of flea bites?

What are the symptoms of flea bites?

Itch: The normal reaction to an insect bite, including fleas, is an inflammatory reaction at the site of the bite, which appears within minutes and consists of itchy local redness and swelling. A delayed reaction involving the same signs and symptoms may follow sometimes. ...Read more

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Can new sand flea bites show up days later?

Can new sand flea bites show up days later?

Yes.: Sand fleas, as well as other biting insects, can trigger a delayed reaction at the bite site by a similar mechanism that causes the well known hypersensitivity reaction of poison ivy or poison oak rash, often as late as 2-3 days later. And similarly, an anti-inflammatory cream such as Hydrocortisone may blunt the reaction thus making it more tolerable and less itchy. ...Read more

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Why does it take a week for sand flea bites to show up?

Delayed reaction: Some people have delayed hypersensitivity reactions to the bite. Most of us are familiar with an immediate reaction - for instance a mosquito bites you and you immediately get a red, itchy bump. A similar reaction can be through a different pathway in your body, that can take days to activate and develop a reaction - it's called delayed hypersensitivity reaction, and likely what you are noting. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get sand flea bites on your face?

Is it possible for you to get sand flea bites on your face?

If you were lying: On the beach ; were bitten - yes. The sand flea jumps in the air and often causes a cluster of painful/ itchy lesions w hives about 10 inches above the ground. Most often these are found on the ankles. ...Read more

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How to get rid of sand flea bites?

Flea bites burrow: Under the skin. Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bites or take antihistamines for itching. A paste made of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water can be applied to bites. Or apply aloe vera. Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's for pain. ...Read more

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Sand flea bite showing up a week later, is this normal and how can I get rid of it?

Sand flea bite showing up a week later, is this normal and how can I get rid of it?

A bite alone: Will not usually take a week to show up but it can. A sand flea burrowing under the skin and laying eggs can give you symptoms for weeks. It is important not to scratch the bites. Use Ibuprofen for pain and an antihistamine for itching. Some relief can be obtained with the use of Aloe vera or teat tree oil. ...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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Need doctor's help! Will it take a week for sand flea bites to appear?

Probably not: The bites from insects, if the body reacts to the bite, should cause an inflammatory reaction within a few hours to a day most often. ...Read more

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Can sand flea bites trigger eczema? If yes, can this type of eczema be cured and not outbreak again?

Can sand flea bites trigger eczema? If yes, can this type of eczema be cured and not outbreak again?

Sand Fleas: Sand fleas are known to cause infections such as tungiasis, diseases such as carrions disease, pappataci fever virus and leishmaniasis. Though they are not always seen in the unite states of america, these sand fleas are not a rare find in the caribbean. It is those people who have visited the caribbean and returning home, who are carriers of these pests. ...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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I need help! How do I know if I have bed bugs flea bites or hives symptoms?

I need help! How do I know if I have bed bugs flea bites or hives symptoms?

Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck & legs. Flea bites may be clustered ...Read more

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Can you use clobetasol propionate cream on sand flea bites?

Can you use clobetasol propionate cream on sand flea bites?

Yes, unless infected: Clobetasol will help decrease the local inflammation associated with most insect bites. If a person has scratched the bites and caused them to become infected, however, an antibiotic cream might be needed in addition or instead. ...Read more

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I think I may have flea bites, but not sure what nasty diseases are transmitted by dog or cat fleas in the u.S.?

I think I may have flea bites, but not sure what nasty diseases are transmitted by dog or cat fleas in the u.S.?

None (OK maybe one): No nasty diseases. Common bacteria can enter through breaks in the skin and cause infection (impetigo and cellulitis). Avoid scratching as that can introduce the bacteria. Oral antihistamines (Benadryl) and topical corticosteroids (cortisone) are helpful. If you live in rural New Mexico, Arizona, CA or Colorado there are rare cases of plague from infected rodent flea bites (squirrels, prairie dogs). ...Read more

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Do flea bites spread?

Depends: Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort. Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets.Treating flea bites merely addresses one symptom of an infestation. Extermination methods should be conducted in conjunction with bite treatment to keep from spreading. ...Read more

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Are flea bites dangerous?

Usually not but: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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I have very bad flea bites?

I have very bad flea bites?

Flea bites: 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 (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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How to heal flea bites fast?

Flea Bites: If the flea bite not infected, topical steroid will flea enhance healing and decrease itching.
Thank you. ...Read more

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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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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

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Can you die from a flea bite?

Can you die from a flea bite?

Only if the flea: Carried a serious pathogen. Fleas can carry tapeworms ; murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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What to put on my flea bites?

Hydrocortisone cream: It should help with redness and itching. ...Read more

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Any 'sickness' from flea bites?

Sometimes: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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How long does flea bites lasts?

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 (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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How to clear up flea bites fast?

Flea bites: Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bites or take antihistamines for itching. A paste made of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water can be applied to bites. The bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. Many people elect to hire an exterminator. ...Read more

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How long till flea bites go away?

How long till flea bites go away?

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 (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get flea bites?

Flea bites: Flea bites are relatively common, and usually appear as small red papules from the knee down. Pet owners are more likely to have bites, as animals are a common source. ...Read more

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What problems will flea bites cause?

Often - itching: Or secondary infection. Fleas can carry tapeworms & Murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the Southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause Bubonic plague. ...Read more