By Gary M. White, MD

Sand Flea Bites on the toes

Sand fleas are small crustaceans that live in the sand at the beach and can bite humans, causing painful, itchy red spots.


The bites can be small, red, and itchy papules, or larger inflammatory nodules, usually on the toes, feet, and lower legs. The onset of signs and symptoms is within minutes to hours.


The bites are self limited. A potent topical steroid may be prescribed.

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Sand Flea Bites on the toes


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