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Why does it take a week for sand flea bites to show up?

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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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites - bite from a blood-sucking Siphonaptera which may be itchy and painful. Fleas may ...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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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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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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Have had flea bites for the last few weeks and they are still on my legs how long does it take before they go? They won't stop bleeding?

Have had flea bites for the last few weeks and they are still on my legs how long does it take before they go? They won't stop bleeding?

Don't scratch.: When bites last that long, it's usually because the victim is scratching them, which keeps them inflamed - and also explains the bleeding, in your case. Soak a washcloth or old towel in warm water and apply it to your legs at least a couple of times a day. Take Allegra (fexofenadine) (available otc) to decrease the itching, and do whatever you have to do (wear boxing gloves?) to keep yourself from scratching. ...Read more

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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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How long do flea bites take to heal?

How long do flea bites take to heal?

Yes: They can cause prurigo-a severe type of eczema. See your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for flea bites to disappear.?

Don't scratch: If you avoided scratching by will power or using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) they will clear in between 5-15 days. If you scratch them open obviously much longer. ...Read more

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What to do if I want these ugly marks to go away how long will it take to the flea bites go away?

What to do if I want these ugly marks to go away how long will it take to the flea bites go away?

Fleabites: Without a picture I can only assume that the ugly marks you are talking about represent scratch marks from scratching your flea bites. Use pyrethrin to kill the fleas and remove your dog or cat from the environment if they are the source if the fleas. They can be treated by your vet. The pyrethrin should work after several treatments. You can use 1 percent Hydrocortisone to remove your ugly scratch. ...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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What can I take for flea bites all over (mostly) ankle areas?

What can I take for flea bites all over (mostly) ankle areas?

Flea bites: An oral antihistimine (ex. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec, Claritin or allegra) can be ingested. Topical anti-itch/inflammation creams, ointments, lotions (hydrocortisone, calamine, benadryl) can also be applied. Cool compresses and menthol topical preparations can sooth the area and decrease the itchy feeling. ...Read more

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I have 2 flea bites in the pubic region. They itch like crazy and was wondering how long it should take for it to heal and go away if they are bites?

I have 2 flea bites in the pubic region. They itch like crazy and was wondering how long it should take for it to heal and go away if they are bites?

Flea bites?: If they are indeed flea bites, it should feel better in a few days. You could try some hydrocortisone or itch-x to help w/the itching. If you are not sure, however, you need to have it checked out because it could be something more serious and it better to treat it early before it spreads ...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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Why do flea bites take ages to heal and why do they keep bleeding when I get out of shower or bath? Help

FLEA BITES: Flea bites maybe small lesion to big ulcers due to sucking of blood mostly on legs and feet. It may cause allergy reactions or infections. See your md for further evaluation and treatment. ...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

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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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I've had small red welts pop I over the last week. Thought they were flea bites but had a lot this morning & giant clusters of welts on both legs?

ALLERGY??: You could have gotten one bite and then an allergic response because of the release of histamine spontaneously or bue to scratcing. Take benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally, apply calamine lotion and see if they disappear. If not see your dr ...Read more

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Do flea bites spread?

Depends: Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort. Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets.Treating flea bites merely addresses one symptom of an infestation. Extermination methods should be conducted in conjunction with bite treatment to keep from spreading. ...Read more

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Are flea bites dangerous?

Usually not but: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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I have very bad flea bites?

I have very bad flea bites?

Flea bites: 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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How to heal flea bites fast?

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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How long do flea bites last?

Depends.: If you have a type 1 allergy to insect saliva, should be gone in 1-2 days. If type 4, could last for weeks. ...Read more

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How long do flea bites itch?

How long do flea bites itch?

Varies: Usually one to two weeks. To hasten resolution, try a topical steroid and take an antihistamine. ...Read more

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What to put on my flea bites?

Hydrocortisone cream: It should help with redness and itching. ...Read more

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Any 'sickness' from flea bites?

Sometimes: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more