How to Treat Flea Bites

Flea bites are something very annoying, even more because of what itches than because of what it aesthetically supposes. They generate quite unbearable discomfort.

Flea bites usually appear as small, red circles with a dot in the center, slightly swollen, and quite itchy. They damage the skin quite a bit and even create a mess on it.

Fleas are external parasites that feed on the blood of other mammalian animals, whether they are dogs or cats, but these flea bites frequently occur in humans. Normally it is usually at the ankles or knees, but the area where you find it is the same because it would not be unusual to see flea bites in other areas of your body.

Although we can see how in the same house some people constantly have flea bites while others are saved from it. This is due to vitamin deficiencies. But once you have them, we are going to tell you first how to calm that itching and then how to treat them or how to stop them from appearing anymore.

Instructions for treating flea bites

  1. In the first place, what we recommend is that you always keep the area clean to avoid bacteria and dirt and that you do not scratch it. We know that this is going to be difficult because what itches is unbearable and it is the worst of flea bites, but if you want the bite to disappear you have to avoid that first of all. Since what we want is for the itching to be relieved, we can give you a series of guidelines.
  2. To keep it clean you can apply an antiseptic or just apply soap and cold water, since what hot water can do is increase the swelling and it is not what we want at this time. If we don’t clean the area and we also scratch it, we can open that wound and cause infections as a result of those flea bites that are unnecessary.
  3. If the itching and swelling is very evident and it is something that you are not going to be able to calm down without stopping scratching and keeping it clean, you can opt for medical treatments with hydrocortisone that you can find in any over-the-counter pharmacy and that you can use to calm and treat these bites.
  4. If you do not want to use a medical remedy and prefer home remedies to treat flea bites, there are several that we can also advise you on. It should be said that you can also use natural products to treat the skin and keep it clean.
  5. Once clean and chosen the treatment to choose, if you want them to be homemade, some that give good results are for example: bicarbonate mixed with a little water and that paste we put on the sting. It is left on the bite for 15 to 30 minutes and you will notice how that itching is relieved a lot.
  6. Another remedy that we can advise you is to use lemon. You can boil its shell in water, let the liquid settle and then apply it with a cotton ball or gauze on the area of ​​flea bites.
  7. Apple cider vinegar is also very effective as a home remedy. It would be two tablespoons of water for one of apple cider vinegar. We keep this in a refrigerator for a few hours and apply as if it were the lemon on the flea bites.
  8. Honey with lemon. Honey has bactericidal properties, so we can put 4 tablespoons of honey with two of lemon. Once the honey is hot, add the lemon juice and put it on the bite with gauze.

What do you need to treat flea bites?

  • soap and water
  • Antiseptic
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon
  • Apple vinegar
  • Cotton, gauze.

Tips for treating flea bites

  1. If the rash is very severe, if you see that it looks very ugly, go to the family doctor immediately, since these bites are usually not serious, but they can cause allergic reactions and these bugs have also been able to transmit dangerous diseases such as typhus and bubonic plague.
  2. Relieving itching will never be the solution to the problem of flea bites. In order not to have more flea bites, you have to stop them. Take our pet to the vet and remove all the fleas.
  3. Always dry with a towel, paying attention in case we see any more fleas to prevent them from continuing to bite.
  4. You can also apply ice for about 10 minutes; this will reduce the swelling and soothe the itching.
  5. Allergic reactions take between 12 and 24 hours to appear from the moment the flea bites you and if the symptoms are allergic, they could take a week to appear.
  6. You can do fumigation at home, but the effects will take time to disappear.
  7. Clean your house well, as it can be full of flea eggs and they last between one and two weeks. They can be on carpets, rugs, beds. You can clean them with Raid insecticide and with a vacuum cleaner. If you don’t clean it, destroy it and throw it away, in addition to that, sofas are also a place where they usually settle.
  8. Scrub your floor with water and pour the contents of a pack of tobacco, as this is a good flea repellent.
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