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Flea bites can be very painful, and cause inflammation in the bitten area. One of the best ways to get rid of these bites is to eradicate the fleas themselves. However, this can be a time-consuming task and you need to identify how you can treat these bites.
What Are the Symptoms of Flea Bites?
It is very easy to identify flea bites. These are very painful and usually occur near the extremities of the arms and legs. The bites also leave red blotches on the skin that do not go away, especially if you scratch at them. It is important that you avoid the temptation to scratch these inflamed areas even if they itch. Scratching may tear the skin, which can lead to secondary infections.
One way of knowing whether you have been bitten by a flea is to look for them on your pet, or on the carpet. If you notice your pet scratching, then you should immediately suspect fleas. Most commonly, fleas will bite you on your legs and exposed parts of your arm. However, if they find their way into your bed, they will bite you in the night, and you will see the signs on your upper body. People who are very sensitive to insect bites may get very large welts on the sites of the bites. If you experience any bleeding from such welts, then you should see a doctor.
How Do You Treat Flea Bites?
- The first thing that you should do is to wash the sites of the bite with warm water. You should then use an ice pack and an antiseptic to contain the inflammation and any infection. If you do not have an ice pack, placing ice in a plastic bag, or elastic bandage should do the trick too. Let the Icepack remain on the site for 10 minutes, and then remove it for 10 minutes. Repeat this process for an hour or so. Remember that the water used should be warm and not hot; hot water will aggravate the inflammation of the site.
- You can also use calamine lotion or hydrocortisone. These creams are good for reducing inflammation of the skin. This way, you will reduce the fiery heat of the bite, and also reduce the itching. If you are hypersensitive to insect bites then you should ask your doctor for some antihistamines to help reduce the allergic reactions.
- Try to avoid scratching the area since this will only increase the inflammation and also increase the risk of breaking the skin.
- You can also apply some aloe vera on your skin. If you have the plant in your backyard, simply break off a leaf and then apply the thick sap to the affected area. You may also use bottled aloe vera which you can get at the mall.
- You can also use teas to wash the area. If you have lavender tea, comfrey tea, or black or green tea, you can make a pot, and then let this sit and cool off, before you wash the affected site. You may also dip tea bags in some water and then apply these directly to the affected areas.
- A method similar to the above is that of using healing plants such as basil or calendula. Simply crush the leaves, to get the sap going, and then apply this to the affected area.
- You may go to the local store and buy an oatmeal bath. Mix this with some water in a pail and then wash the affected area. You should always use warm water for this.
- You can mush some coconut, shell, and pulp, and mix this in a blender. Rub the resultant paste on the affected areas. You should let the paste remain on the affected area for at least an hour. Repeat the treatment, and after a while, you will notice the swelling subsiding.
- You can also use Echinacea to reduce inflammation of the flea bite area. Simply buy a bottle from the store and then apply a few drops to the bite.
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How Do You Prevent Flea Bites?
Once fleas get into your home, it is very difficult to eradicate them. The best thing to do is to avoid this in the first place. Here are some measures that you can use.
- Always ensure that your pets are washed regularly, with anti-flea remedies
- You can use citrus sprays on your arms and legs to discourage fleas from biting you.
- Another method is to eat a lot of garlic. For some reason, fleas can sense blood that is high in garlic, and they will not bite.
- There are several essential oils that you can use to dissuade fleas from biting you. Use those that have extremely strong smells.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
DaDa on October 12, 2018:
I guess my animals brought them in my dog goes out but not as much as my cat. All the sudden one night we got bit that was 4 days a go now i am covered in bites I cant sleep and now covered in bites ITS driving me crazyyyy.. I m scratching so much i am oozing now , bud pray hydro cream, calmine lotion natural bite spray nothing is working !!!
T on January 09, 2014:
My pet brought home fleas from the kennel, they were living in her bedding which I didn't wash until the second day. The fleas are in the house now. Am I going to have to call pest control or is there some kind of home rememdy to get rid of them.