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How to Treat Sand Flea Bites

February 18, 2022

Sand fleas are extremely pesky crustaceans that tend to nest at beaches. Their bites can be unbearably irritating and itchy, but luckily, there are a few steps you can take to soothe your skin if you’ve been bitten by a sand flea.

Please take note that while these treatments may alleviate some symptoms, it is also possible that symptoms will worsen because of infection or some other cause. If you notice your symptoms worsening over time, make sure to seek medical care.

Cream, Gel and All-Natural Treatments
As tempting as it may be, do not scratch the site of a sand flea bite. Similar to many other bug bites, scratching them may open up the bite, making the area more susceptible to infection. There are many topical creams you can use to treat a bite, but calamine lotion is one of the easiest and cheapest remedies on the market. Make sure to read the label to learn how to apply any cream correctly and consult a physician before using the lotion while breast-feeding or pregnant.

Hydrocortisone cream is another great itch-reliever that can help treat sand flea bites. Similar to calamine lotion, make sure you read the directions before applying to ensure you are doing everything correctly.

Aloe vera is another natural solution, known for its healing and soothing properties. Because aloe is also commonly used to treat sunburn, it can be a good idea to have some on hand during the summer months. Aloe vera gel can easily be purchased at your local drug store or online.

Essential oils are another all-natural option for treating sand flea bites. Oils from lavender, tea tree, cedar and eucalyptus have the potential to alleviate irritation and itchiness. Before using any oil, apply to a small area of skin to test for any allergies or reactions. Learn more about essential oils for treatment with MosquitoNix®.

Other Sand Flea Bite Treatments
There are also a number of at-home remedies you can try if you’re unsuccessful at finding another treatment. One option is to soak in mixture of baking soda and water. Pour one cup of baking soda into a bathtub filled with cool water to soothe bites. You can also soak in a warm oatmeal bath — oatmeal contains antioxidants relieve the irritation. Avoid hot water, as this may worsen skin irritation.

Of course, the best treatment is sand flea bite prevention. You can prevent bites by going to the beach in the middle of the day when it’s warmest, as sand fleas tend to come to the surface in the mornings and evenings when the air is cooler. You can also try insect repellent or consider covering your legs and feet when laying in the sand. These may not always be feasible options for a relaxing day on the beach, but these steps will ensure that you are fully protected from sand flea bites.



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