Diagnosis and treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for medical professional advice. Always consult your doctor.
What medical techniques are used to diagnose flea bites?
Most flea bites do not require diagnostics. However, you still need to monitor the bites for early signs of an allergic reaction or infection such as white blisters or a peculiar rash for prompt intervention.
Ways to treat flea bites
Treatments for flea bites can range from simple home remedies to over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including:
- Tea tree oil
- Skin cream containing calamine
To avoid secondary infection, it is important that you do not scratch the bite wound on your skin. The use of flea-bite medications will help relieve itching. In most cases, though, the condition goes away on its own without treatment.
What lifestyle habits help reduce the risk of flea bites?
To find out if you’re at risk for flea bites, check your pets. Find fleas or stings on your pet’s skin by combing their fur upside down. Also, if you notice your pet scratching frequently, it could be a sign that they have fleas on them.
Take your pet to the vet, who may prescribe a topical anti-flea medication. Only then can you get fleas under control, preventing itching and further scratches. To prevent dogs, cats and pets from being re-infected, try a flea collar.
If you have any questions, consult your doctor for the best treatment support.
Learn more about Infectious Diseases in Children here.