When you should See a Doctor for Flea Bites?


When you should See a Doctor for Flea Bites

If you have a severe allergic reaction to flea bites, home remedies aren't going to be enough. You should see a doctor immediately.

You should also see a doctor if the flea bites don't seem to be improving after a few days of using home remedies.

If you kept the area clean and used antihistamines immediately after the bites occurred, after a few days  the itching should cease, but the bites will probably leave marks on your skin. They are nor scars – they won’t last forever, they will be gone after a few weeks if you leave nature take its course. But if you’d rather get rid of these marks sooner, you can do simple quick treatment.

Use a mild facial scrub to gently exfoliate the skin, then apply a little moisturizer to the bite. Repeat the process – gently, gently! – few times a day, and make sure that you use sun block if you’re going out: the new skin that forms over your bite is sensitive and will probably go darker than the rest of your body, when exposed to sunlight.

IMPORTANT: This is the treatment only for bites that no longer itch. Don’t do this with active bites

Don't scratch flea bites–this can lead to a secondary infection, cautions the National Institutes of Health. If flea bites seem to be getting worse or if you notice pus or another discharge oozing from the bites, contact your treating physician.

Prevention Strategies:

Eliminating the source of the infestation is key to preventing flea bites on humans. Make sure that your pet is treated for fleas. Vacuum carpeted areas, clean pet bedding and treat outdoor areas with the appropriate insecticide. Flea eggs can live for several weeks, so thorough house- and grounds-keeping strategies are necessary to prevent another infestation. Flea infestations are very difficult to eliminate, and often require the services of a professional exterminator.

Flea Bite Cautions:

Fleas on humans aren't picky when it comes to their host and can transmit diseases such as tapeworms, murine typhus, and in certain parts of the world, bubonic plague. Fleas and tapeworms often go hand in hand when it comes to pets–where there's one, there's the other. Talk to your veterinarian about options for flea control and tapeworm treatment.

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