Flea bite is extremely annoying - they cause itchy, raised bumps that can be extremely aggravating, and infections caused by scratching are common.
The Symptoms of a flea bite has certain features:
- A red, swollen wheal develops within half an hour of the bite.
- After a day or so, the wheal may develop into a blister or small wound.
- Severe itching in a specific area
- Some people may become hypersensitive (very sensitive) to bites.
So how to treat flea bites?
First, you need to resist the urge to scratch - an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream can help relieve itching - and wash the bites with antiseptic soap to reduce the risk of infection. Apply an icepack frequently to help relieve swelling. Use calamine lotion, anaesthetic creams or similar to treat the itching.
If you frequently get bitten by fleas, it is best to break the flea life cycle by treating the home, the pets, and any areas that the pet frequents with insecticide.
Instead of using chemical flea treatments on your pet and in your home, you may prefer to try some natural flea control methods. These involve home remedies, such as diatomaceous earth and essential oils, which will kill or deter fleas without chemicals.
If home treatments are ineffective, professional extermination may be needed.