Natural Treatments for Flea Bites on Humans

Natural Treatments for Flea Bites on Humans

Fleas are reddish brown and small with hard, flat bodies. They are tough and nimble insects that can jump up to 8 inches to land on a host. Fleas are parasites straight out of a nightmare, sucking your blood and almost too small to see. Just the thought of finding one on you or your pet is chilling, but if you do find yourself bitten, there are things you can do to help with the symptoms.

Natural Remedies for Humans:

Thorough cleansing with an astringent like witch hazel will kill bacteria. Tea tree oil is another helpful antibacterial that both soothes and cleanses the skin. Once the bite is clean, an ice pack placed directly on the bite will help reduce swelling and itchiness. Instead of an over-the-counter antibiotic like Neosporin, try dabbing honey on the bite to keep it clean and keep it from itching.

If you have a dog or cat, and your pet spends any amount of time outside, chances are you've suffered the occasional flea bite.

Typically, a flea bites show up as a small, red, itchy bump on your skin, with a little dot or hole in the center of the bump, where the bite actually occurred. But those who are sensitive to flea bites can suffer a severe allergic reaction.

Having one or two flea bites can be annoying. But having so many flea bites that it looks like you've broken out in some kind of rash can be downright terrifying.

Where You Might Find a Flea:

Adult fleas can live only on the flesh of a mammal. That means you'll most often find them on your pets, but they can live on humans, too. While eggs are most often laid on the host animal, they can also be laid on carpet, bedding, clothes and even in cracks on hard surfaces.

What a Flea Bite Looks Like:

The appearance of a flea bit depends on the sensitivity of the person bitten. They can be nothing more than a raised red bump that lasts only a few minutes or they can blossom into an itchy rash that lasts for days. Children tend to be more sensitive to a flea bite than adults. The most telling evidence is that you will find only one puncture wound, unlike a spider bite, which will have two. On your pets, you may not be able to see the bite, but incessant itching, hair loss and flea dirt (tiny black droppings) will help you identify the problem.

Diseases Carried by Fleas:

Fleas are known to carry a type of tapeworm called Dipylidum canimum that can infect people or animals who unknowingly ingest one of the insects. Fleas can also carry murine typhus, a mild form of typhus that causes headaches, fever, loss of appetite and rash.

Natural Remedies for Flea Bites on Pets:

According to, an herbal shampoo made of cedar, bergamot, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella and juniper or geranium will soothe your dog's itchy skin and kill fleas. A spray of 600 ml water, two drops of lavender essential oil and two drops of pure cedar essential oil will help soothe skin and keep fleas from returning. For cats, a spray of equal parts water and white vinegar will kill fleas and help with bites.

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