Flea bites can be irritating, itchy and painful, especially if they occur in large numbers after an infestation in your home from your pet. Although some people are never bitten by fleas, even if their home has an infestation, others will suffer badly, so it is important to know how to get rid of flea bites in the best and quickest possible way.
First Get Rid Of The Infestation
Before you can treat your flea bites, you should get rid of any flea infestation on your pet and in your home. By giving your pet a spot on flea treatment, or treating them with flea spray or a flea tablet, you will eliminate the cause of the problem. You should then use an effective flea spray treatment on your home to make sure that all the eggs, larvae and adult fleas have been eradicated.
Over-The-Counter Flea Bite Treatments
First, you should wash around the area of your flea bite using warm soapy water. If the area is swollen, you should apply an ice pack to the affected area. You can either opt for a store-bought ice pack or alternatively, simply wrap some ice cubes in a dishcloth and apply to the skin. Leave on for around 10 minutes and then remove and repeat as necessary. There are many over the counter treatments available to treat the pain and itching arising from flea bites. You can talk to your pharmacist to find the right product for you and be sure to use the product in the correct amounts as advised. A doctor can advise you if you wish to use an anti-histamine treatment to take away the itching and swelling. Be careful not to scratch the bites as this may spread any infection from one site to another and may also put you at risk of developing scarring.
Natural Flea Bite Treatments
Aloe vera is a known natural remedy for flea bites. If you have an aloe vera plant, simply pull off a leaf, break it in half and rub the jelly from inside into the affected area. If you do not have an aloe vera plant, you can buy bottled aloe vera gel in stores which is just as effective.
Some people swear by green tea as a relieving agent for pain and itching. Simply make up some green tea and wash the affected area in it. This may have a positive effect on any discomfort you are experiencing.
Oatmeal baths are another possibility if you are experiencing extreme itching, however you should make sure that the water temperature is low.
Preventing Flea Bites
Once you have got rid of your flea bites, you will need to know how to prevent them occurring again. One of the best ways has been found to be consuming plenty of garlic as fleas avoid the taste. If you do not like garlic, you could try taking garlic food supplement tablets instead as this may stop fleas from biting you.
Lemon is also repugnant to fleas, so you could try rubbing lemon juice on your skin or using lemon essential oil as a repellent.