Flea bites can be very uncomfortable! Those nasty little boogers can jump on you anywhere and strike, leaving you with an annoying itch. The good news is, most people have common household items which can be used to treat the itch associated with a flea bite.
If you have been in an area that you suspect has a flea infestation and notice a small rash with bumps that itch like crazy , chances are you have been flea bitten. Don't panic! Flea bites are seldom severe. A more serious health issue such an infection of the skin can occur if the area is scratched often with dirty finger nails or if you have an allergy. In such cases you should seek the advice of your doctor. In the average case of flea bites, if treated properly the site will most often exhibit nothing more than an aggravating itch and perhaps a small rash.
The first step in treating flea bites is to thoroughly cleanse the area with soap and water. Plain soap will suffice, but if you have it on hand, antibacterial soap works even better as it will reduce the risk of infection due to scratching. Another great choice is band-aid hurt free antiseptic wash. It fights germs and reduces pain and itching from bites and is also beneficial in cleansing cuts and scrapes.
Once the bites have been cleaned you can apply ice if there is any swelling. Most often there is no great amount of swelling but a small amount may occur. If major swelling occurs seek the advice of a physician. When using an ice pack apply for 10 minutes ,remove for 10 minutes, then repeat if necessary.
There are a couple of different things you can do to relieve the itching. You can apply over the counter hydro cortisone cream. You can also take an oral antihistamine such a Benadryl.
If you follow these steps your bites should heal within a week or so. If symptoms persist , you have a severe allergic reaction or are concerned in anyway don't hesitate to see your doctor. Most people don't have any severe complications from flea bites but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
If you are experiencing bites on a regular basis you need to asses where they are occurring. You may have grass fleas or an infestation of fleas in your home. If you do feel you have an infestation you should contact an exterminator.