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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Fleas

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Flea Control
Question: Do you have any suggestions on what I can try for flea bite control? I have a cat with small kittens and the fleas attack both me and my boyfriends son. What can we put on them to help the itching and/or stop the biting?

Answer: Your vet has a shot which will eliminate the fleas on the animals. Also, you need to get a exterminator into the house (usually several sequential visits) to eliminate the hatching eggs. Fleas will preferentially bite animals, but if deprived of their favorite host, attack humans. Local benadryl lotion and systemic benadryl at bedtime will help the itching. Once the fleas are gone, do not let your cat out of the house to be reinfected. If you have a yard, that needs to be treated in the spring.
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