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Is it ok to use mosquito bite cream in treating flea bites?

Hydrocortisone cream

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An over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream can help relieve itching for either mosquito or flea bites.
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Dr. David Hardin answered:

Do mosquito bites and flea bites look the same?

No

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first because fleas jump rather than fly they usually are concentrated below the knees and under clothes unless the animal carrier slept on your bed. skeeter bites are usually on exposed skin flee bites are small red spots in clusters, skeeter bites much larger, pale in center
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What can you do to tell if you got flea bites or tick bites?

Location, location

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You are more likely to have a tick bite if your are spending time in forested areas. Flea bites tend to occur closer to home or at the ocean. Some fleas will infest lawns and homes if pest do not have proper flea control. Here are two helpful websites from the Centers for Disease Control and EPA Ticks: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/ Fleas: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick.htm
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

What sort of problem is an allergic reaction to insect bite?

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Insect bites and stings can cause an immediate skin reaction. The bite from fire ants and the sting from bees, wasps, and hornets are usually painful. Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas, and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain.
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A severe allergic reaction to insect bite has to include breathing problems?

Depends

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This can occur and if it does, it is a severe reaction - anaphylaxis and will need immediate care. If you had an Epipen from previously diagnosed severe allergy, use it then call 911.
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I have weird mosquito bite reaction, should I be concerned?

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Dr. Pratip Nag answered:

Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Topical ointment

For flea bites use topical ointments that help with itching like Benadryl ointment, calamine lotions. Usually they get better in 2-7 days. If the itching is not better with topical ointments then take some Benadryl by mouth. For kids the dose is based on weight so consult with your doctor. Occasionally bites can get infected with bacteria. Look out for lots of swelling, pain, and possibly pus.
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My child has a bad reaction to mosquito bites. Is he allergic?

Probably.

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Allergy to proteins in mosquito saliva is common but immunotherapy (allergy injections) is neither effective nor necessary. With continued exposure almost everyone develops tolerance to mosquitoes in their locale. When they go elsewhere they're bitten by other mosquitoes & often reactions reappear. This is why mosquitoes only seem to bite tourists & not natives. All are bitten; only newbies notice
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How long do mosquito bite reactions happen?

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Local pain, itching, and redness of the skin are typical after a mosquito bite. There is usually an immediate wheal and flare response that peaks at about 20 minutes, or a hard, itchy, bump that peaks at two to three days and resolves over the ensuing days to weeks.
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Allergic reaction to mosquito bites, what to do?

Mosquito bites.

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If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. localized swelling & itching - oral benadryl. Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste & place it over the mosquito
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