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Flea bite   Allergen in saliva injected into skin   Inflammation at sites of previous flea bites   intense itching   licking and scratching   increased inflammation and itching, thus perpetuating the cycle.

FleasTreatment:

1) Flea control.

  1. Must be diligent.
  2. Advantage, Frontline, or Revolution - monthly applications, only bathe immediately before an application. 
  3. Treat all animals in the household.
  4. Treat the house and yard if severely infested.


2) Anti-inflammatory drugs (corticosteroids such as dexamethasone and prednisone)

   1. Taper the dose - never discontinue abruptly.
   2. Side effects include increased drinking, urination, and appetite, restlessness and panting.
   3. Treat secondary skin infections if present.