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Doctor insights on: Sand Flea Bites 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 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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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?

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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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. 
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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