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Can anyone suggest any advice how to handle flea bites? We have a few recently and they have only bit my wife. She says it's painful and itches bad

Can anyone suggest any advice how to handle flea bites? We have a few recently and they have only bit my wife. She says it's painful and itches bad

Flea bites: For the discomfort of the bites, I would apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream twice a day. If the bites become increasingly painful or form pus, she should see a doctor to rule out a secondary bacterial infection of the bites. You should also wash all bedding/towels in hot water or dry in a hot dryer to kill any residual fleas. If you have pets, get them checked at the vet for fleas. ...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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Is there anything natural I can use on itching flea bites?

Is there anything natural I can use on itching flea bites?

Warm water: Try using a soft toothbrush gently rubbing the skin while running under very warm water for about 5 - 10 min. That should give you several hours of relief and allow you to fall asleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime may also help you sleep. ...Read more

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Are there any ways that I can help relieve the itching of flea bites?

Are there any ways that I can help relieve the itching of flea bites?

Anti-itch: Anti-itch medications can be topical such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream or caladryl. Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful as well. Removing the source of infection/infestation to prevent recurrent bites is important. ...Read more

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I had flea bites three weeks ago, they had stopped itching and seemed to be getting better, now they are looking and itching the same, is this normal ?

I had flea bites three weeks ago, they had stopped itching and seemed to be getting better, now they are looking and itching the same, is this normal ?

Maybe Scabies?: Possible that you've been bitten again by more fleas--or you may have contracted scabies. Scabies are mites that burrow under the skin, and cause profound itching. (especially at night) Untreated, they will continue to spread. Treatment requires a topical scabicide--usually Elemite cream. Apply at bedtime to entire body from neck down, and wash off in morning. Repeat in 5-7 days. ...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't sleep due to itching flea bites. Need help NOW. How can I make the itching stop!! :(?

Can't sleep due to itching flea bites. Need help NOW. How can I make the itching stop!! :(?

Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) lotion: Try some over the counter benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg every 6-8 hours for the itching. Here's some other things to help: 1) keep skin cool, heat makes itching worse 2) use lotion, dry is tichy, 3) avoid friction, rubbing skin causes itchy skin to be more itchy. Be aware that the benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you sleepy so don't drive and take it. Try to get rid of the fleas. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel  the fleas from biting me!?

Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, one can take claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine that causes itching. Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for about 5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can put an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing or painful, a doctor can evaluate. "deep woods off" repels fleas. ...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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Would putting ice cubes on flea bites help get rid of the itching?

ICE CUBES FOR BITES: Try the ice cubes and see if it works. Can't hurt. If it doesn't work, try a Hydrocortisone cream a few times a day. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more