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Dr. Zoey Goore
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Can body have delayed reaction to flea bites?

Dr. Zoey Goore
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can body have delayed reaction to flea bites?

Delayed flea bites: You can have what is called an id reaction. Your body can develop a reaction to the bites even after they are gone. They are often as itchy and annoying as the original bites. Using something to control the itch can be helpful and having patience for them to go away. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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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. David Lipkin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
47 years in practice
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Was this sepsis? Severe reaction 2 mosquito bite. 100.3 temp. Very swollen nodes & left face to supraclavicular. Vomiting. Fainted.Pain.Flulike.

Dr. David Lipkin
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Was this sepsis? Severe reaction 2 mosquito bite. 100.3 temp. Very swollen nodes & left face to supraclavicular. Vomiting. Fainted.Pain.Flulike.

No: Sepsis is life threatening whole body inflammatory response to a severe infection. The condition is potentially fatal and is often associated with multiple organ failure. If your symptoms have improved without treatment then you weren't septic. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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I have been taking my children outside a lot lately. As a result, I think I have flea bites on my legs from neighbor's dogs. How can I treat these?

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
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They go away alone : Flea bite reactions resolve spontaneously. No need to anything except relieve itching if present. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What sort of disorder is having flea bites?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What sort of disorder is having flea bites?

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 more

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Dr. Yusr Aboushaar
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How to heal flea bites fast?

Dr. Yusr Aboushaar
Board Certified, Pediatrics
27 years in practice
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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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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
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What to do for flea bites in children?

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
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What to do for flea bites in children?

Wait. : Treat symptomatically. They go away by themselves. Just deal with the itching if present. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are the symptoms of flea bites?

Dr. Michael Ekizian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Flea bites how to stop them hurting ?

Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Flea bites how to stop them hurting  ?

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 more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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What do you suggest if I have flea bites all over my body?

Dr. Tanya Russo
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What do you suggest if I have flea bites all over my body?

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 more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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How fast can I make my flea bites go away?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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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 more

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