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Clinical features

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  • flea bites on humans most commonly identified in children - generally on the lower leg just above sock level (which acts as a barrier). Bites may occur at other sites if a child plays on the floor or an adult (or child) sit with a pet on his/her knee
  • flea bites are inflammatory blisters or papules (papular urticaria) - there may be a central haemorrhaghic spot at the site of a flea bite which reflects that the saliva deposited into the skin by the flea contains anticoagulant chemicals
  • there is often grouping of flea bites reflecting that fleas often take several meals

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