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Remedies for flea bites

Flea bites on humans are usually caused by cat or dog fleas. The bites are in clusters or large groups. Some individuals are sensitive to their bites and susceptible to develop hives that appears like reddened bumps on the affected area. Fleas from dogs and cats usually bite on the knee and ankles and sometimes on the forearms. They can also bite around the waist, breasts, armpit, and groin and in the folds of the elbows and knees. Bites from fleas of cats and dogs appear as red dots. Some people develop severe allergic reaction with just a single flea bite. Fleas carry different kinds of bacterial and viral diseases.

Symptoms of flea bites

  • Itchiness of the skin and the area around the bite is sore and painful.
    Flea bites

    Fleas from dogs and cats usually bite on the knee and ankles and sometimes on the forearms.

  • Hives or rashes can develop near the bite site
  • Excessive scratching worsens the condition and susceptible to secondary bacterial infection.

Treatment

  • Wash the bite site using warm soapy water.
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area for at least 10 minutes to lessen the swelling. Wrap the pack in a towel or cloth before applying on the area. Avoid placing the pack directly on the skin to prevent further damage or injury.
  • Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream on the bite site to lessen the itching.
  • Open a fresh aloe vera leaf and rub the gel from the leaf into the bitten area to lessen the itchiness.
  • Take a tepid oatmeal bath. In bathtub filled with tepid or lukewarm water, mix a cup of oatmeal. Mix until the oatmeal is totally dissolved and soak in the bath to lessen the itching of the affected area.

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