Tips to Treat Flea Bites on Humans


Tips to Treat Flea Bites on Humans

1. The first tip is the most important, though it is also one of the most difficult to follow. DON'T SCRATCH. Fleas defecate as they feed, which means that every flea bite is going to be surrounded by nasty bacteria. Not only does scratching irritate the skin surface futher, but you also risk introducing some of this bacteria into your skin, leading to infection.

If you can sustain from scratching, you are: 1. my personal hero, 2. safe from secondary infections.

What usually helps to relieve itching are alcohol, calamine lotion, tea tree oil and vinegar, but try not to scrub hard, or you may open the wound. Ice or cold water will numb the bite site for a while and prevent swelling and inflammation, and you certainly want to clean the area with some anti-septic soap to prevent the bacteria from invading the body.

If you would rather take an oral antihistamine, it can help too, but please consult your doctor or a pharmacist before doing so.

2. An oral antihistamine will help reduce the itchiness of the flea bites on humans while also lessening any allergic reactions you may have experienced from the bites.

3. Topical antihistamines, antibacterials and other soothing lotions will help to soothe and cleanse the skin directly, giving relief to where it is needed most. These products are readily available at your local chemist.

4. Tepid baths with an oatmeal solution (found at chemists and health stores) will help to soothe your skin. Avoid hot showers as the hot water can actually make the itching worse.

5. Ensure your house and your yard are completely treated for fleas. There are many good flea bombs on the market that are extremely effective in killing fleas in every stage of their life cycle. If you don't kill the fleas, you will continue to get flea bites!

6. Make sure you actually have flea bites. Flea bites on humans can sometimes look similar to mosquito bites, heat rash or a number of other skin ailments. If you haven't actually seen any fleas jumping around your home yet you still have what look like flea bites, a trip to the doctor or pharmacist may be in order!

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