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Doctor insights on: Sand Flea Bites

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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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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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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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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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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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