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I have similar sized bites/hives on one side of my neck it is the opposite side the n I sleep on!

By Anonymous August 1, 2017 - 7:06am
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I own a large cat that I do treat monthly for flees, heartworm, etc. Could I be suffering from flea bites?

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Definitely want to check for bed bugs. Flea bites are usually small, bed bugs however are a larger bite. If you are getting bit in your sleep and the bites are in somewhat of a straight line, it's probably bed bugs. It's not hard to check for them. Wherever you are getting bit at the most is where u should start looking. If it's when you are sleeping then I would check the outside linning of the bed for any dark brown or red spots. Also any shedding of skin. Hope this was helpful!

November 2, 2017 - 3:53pm

Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. It is difficult to say.

Flea bites are pretty distinctive. They remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a flea bites you, you may see one or more of the following:

bites that appear as small, red bumps
a red “halo” around the bite center
bites in groups of three or four, or in a straight line
bites that appear around the ankles or legs

Fleabites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees.

Fleabites exhibit several common symptoms. They are very itchy, and the skin around each bite may become sore or painful. And you may experience hives or develop a rash near the site of a bite.

Additionally, excessive scratching can further damage the skin and a secondary bacterial infection can develop.

Avoid scratching if you can, and monitor your bite areas for signs of an infection, including white-topped blisters or a rash.

Hives are welts on the skin that often itch. These welts can appear on any part of the skin. Hives vary in size from as small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate. They may connect to form even larger welts.

A hive often goes away in 24 hours or less. New hives may appear as old ones fade, so hives may last for a few days or longer. A bout of hives usually lasts less than 6 weeks. These hives are called acute hives. If hives last more than 6 weeks, they are called chronic hives.

Acute hives often result from an allergy, but they can have many other causes.

Anonymous, consider having this looked at by your physician.

August 1, 2017 - 8:32am
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