If you have pets at home, you will probably experience flea bites at one time or another. Flea bites can be very itchy and painful. If left untreated, they can be infected, and might even lead to scarring. Flea bites can be treated at the emergency room, but you can actually treat them yourself at home, either with medication or home remedies.
What you need:
- Running water
- Antihistmaine (Benadryl or any other brand)
- Baking soda
- Tea tree oil
- Calamine lotion
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon peels
Flea bites can be very tough, because fleas use their jaws to bite into your skin. Their saliva also contains chemicals that prevent clotting, and so your would will continue to bleed. Fleas also transmit various diseases, including typhus, bubonic plague, and they can also transfer tapeworm larvae through bites.
Curing flea bites will involve taking antihistamines, in case you are allergic, cleaning the wound, and treating the would with topical ointments or remedies. Here are a few tips.
Clean the wound. The first thing you should do is clean the wound. Use an antiseptic wash if you don’t have running water available. If you have access to tap water, then wash thoroughly with antimicrobial soap and water. Use cold water, since this might help alleviate the itching.
You can also use tea tree oil to clean the wound. Apply this using a cotton swab.
You can also use a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar (2 parts water with 1 part cider vinegar). Apply this on your wound to serve as an antiseptic. You can also steep lemon peels in boiling water overnight. You can either pour these into a spray bottle, or dab on the wounded area with a clean washcloth. Just be sure not to apply cider vinegar on skin that’s open and broken, as it will sting.
Treat the itch. You can use calamine lotion to help alleviate the itching sensation. An alternative would be to create a paste with baking powder or baking soda. Apply this onto and around the wounded area to provide relief from itching.
Don’t scratch. Resist the urge to scratch flea bites. Fleas leave feces on skin right after biting, and you might get these into your wound.
Take anti-allergy medication. You might be allergic to insect bites, so take antihistamines to be on the safe side. Some examples are Claritin and Benadryl.
Take antibiotics. If you develop a fever or if the wound gets severely swelled, you will need to consult with a doctor as you might have developed an infection. Monitor your health for the next two weeks. Infections like murine typhus take one to two weeks to incubate. You will have to take oral antibiotics for about a week, to kill bacteria that the flea might have left in the wound.
If you suspect severe infestation in your pets, you will need to consult with a veterinarian for remedies and solutions. This will usually involve soaps, baths, and even oral medication for your pets. If you get bitten, be sure to clean the wound immediately, and to seek medical attention if you suspect allergies or infections.