How to Treat Flea Bites

Here are a few of the best remedies for how to treat flea bites! Whether you are dealing with your pet's fleas or sand flea bites on humans, these tips will help you get rid of them fast.

Most of us know fleas as small black insects that constantly seek out our dogs and cats to use as hosts. However, fleas are often attracted to people too, and will bite just about any living body.

Flea bites themselves are incredibly itchy, and can become infected if they are scratched at too much. These flea bite treatment remedies can be used on your pets or yourself for relief.

You can tell a flea bite from another insect bite because they are usually single, small bumps that are hard and itchy. They are not surrounded by swelling of the skin, just a single swollen bump with a tiny puncture mark in the center signifies them.

Thankfully, home remedies for flea bites are easy and effective. The first thing you should do is apply ice to your bites to help reduce the swelling.

This will also temporarily make the itch go away as your skin numbs. Make sure that you have washed the bites with soap and cold water to keep infection from spreading.

Next, take an oral anti histamine to help bring the swelling down further and make the itchiness go away. When you stop itching and scratching at the area, it will begin to heal much quicker. Using these remedies, you should see a vast improvement within a few days.

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Even wombats feel the itch of flea bites!

How to Treat Flea Bites

How to Treat Flea Bites with Essential Oils

Coconut oil is one of the best remedies for flea bites, and can be used on pets as well. Not only is it a natural insect repellent, but it will moisturize the bite and help keep the itching to a minimum. Raw coconut oil also has live enzymes that will get to work healing the bite upon contact. 

Aloe vera gel is another good topical gel for bites and sunburns. Like coconut oil, it can be used on both humans and animals and will bring down swelling and reduce the itchiness from flea bites.

Knowing how to treat flea bites quickly doesn't have to be difficult, and you don't need an arsenal of supplies. Just keep around a few essential oils that solve a variety of problems and you'll be set.

The best essential oils to use on flea bites are ones that have anti inflammatory properties. Inflammation is what causes the itch, and can also cause tiny scars if not brought down. Here's a look at the top anti-inflammatory oils for use on humans.

Anti Inflammatory Essential Oils for People

  • Lavender Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Basil Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Thyme Oil

If you have it, lavender oil is one of the best because it contains anti-venom properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it can help draw any toxins out of the bite as well as bring down the puffiness. Mix a few drops with a teaspoon of olive, coconut, or almond oil and spread over the afflicted skin.

If you haven't already been bitten to death, there are a number of essential oils that naturally repel insects as well. Mix about 20 drops of essential oil with a few ounces of olive, coconut, or almond oil and spread over your skin before you head out into BugLand. 

Here are a few of the top insect-repelling oils to use in place of harsh bug-repellent chemicals.

Insect Repelling Essential Oils

  • Citronella Oil
  • Thyme Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Sandalwood Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil

How to Treat Flea Bites with Prevention

Aside from the bites themselves, you will need to prevent the problem from happening again in your home. There are some preventative measures you can take to get rid of any house dwelling fleas and stop the bites before they happen.

First, make sure you vacuum often. Fleas tend to live both in carpet and in floorboards, so if you have either of these in your home it is best to suck them out on a daily basis to exterminate them. Make sure you also vacuum your couches and sofas, as these are likely homes as well.

Another place they like to live is in your bedding and especially your pet’s bedding. These should both be laundered weekly until the problem subsides. Then, it may be more reasonable to wash them every couple of weeks.

Lastly, be sure to medicate your pets. You can use all-natural methods such as these Home Remedies for Fleas. Your cuddly friend can also be a walking flea host spreading these nasty bugs all over your home if you aren’t on the watch. Make sure they, their collars, bedding and fluffy toys are all flea-free to keep your home clean.

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