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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?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: They go away alone

Flea bite reactions resolve spontaneously.
No need to anything except relieve itching if present.

In brief: They go away alone

Flea bite reactions resolve spontaneously.
No need to anything except relieve itching if present.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Insect repellant

Use insect repellant , treat flea botes with Hydrocortisone cream, and discretely discuss with neighbor possibilty that dog has fleas so they their home does not become infested with fleas.
They may end up getting bitten by fleas from animal

In brief: Insect repellant

Use insect repellant , treat flea botes with Hydrocortisone cream, and discretely discuss with neighbor possibilty that dog has fleas so they their home does not become infested with fleas.
They may end up getting bitten by fleas from animal
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Flea bites

The best way to reduce the itch from flea bites is a combination of otc Hydrocortisone cream applied to the bites twice daily, and an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime.
If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is too sedating, otc claritin, allegra, or zyrtec may also help.

In brief: Flea bites

The best way to reduce the itch from flea bites is a combination of otc Hydrocortisone cream applied to the bites twice daily, and an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime.
If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is too sedating, otc claritin, allegra, or zyrtec may also help.
Dr. Harris Cohen
Dr. Harris Cohen
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Dr. Pam Yoder
What is the best treatment if the kids get bites?
Dr. Harris Cohen
I would recommend the same, but be mindful of pediatric doses for the oral medications.
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