balck junk in ears and sensitivity in kittens

we got a male and female kitten at the same time. elderly people had taken them to vet for worming and shots. they are 13 to 14 weeks old. female was visibly covered with fleas. male is in great shape cosmetically, female has ears full of black junk, chin looks dirty, sore on upper lip, doesn't scratch much, dried black stuff around nostrils and sometimes in eyes. they both have lot of energy. i put Adams flea collars on both, I had good luck with adam's in the past. male did great and i see no fleas. i see none on female but collar caused sore around neck and she scratched. i'm at a loss, fleas or mites? with her sensitivitey how do i treat it.

Answer by KAte
I never recommend flea collars they often cause irritation around the neck and all they do is kill existing fleas around the neck. they are Ok as a temporary fix but the best option is the monthly spot on treatments, they are very effective if you buy the top brands.

Also the black gunk in the ears sounds like ear mites, this needs separate treatment. If you can get them to a vet he can give them proper medication to treat both and also give them a godd and thorough all over checkup in case their are other issues.

Kittens can actually dies from fleas as it gives them anemia so the sooner they are treated the better.

i do have pages here about both mites and fleas which you may find of further interest.

best wishes Kate

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