SAND FLEA BITES
By Gary M. White, MD
Sand fleas are small crustaceans that live in the sand at the beach and can bite humans, causing painful, itchy red spots.
- Sand fleas typically bite the feet, ankles, and legs because they are closest to the ground. Lying on the sand may result in bites on the upper body as well.
- Bites are most common in the early morning or at night when the sand fleas are most active.
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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