11 Home Remedies for Flea Bites
Fleas are wingless insect parasites that plague cats and dogs, causing severe itching. If your pet brings fleas into your home, you and your family will likely be bitten since fleas can jump to humans.
Some people experience an itch only where they are bitten. Others feel itchiness in extended areas surrounding the bite because of a reaction to a protein in the flea’s saliva. People who are highly allergic experience rashes and hives, which are almost impossible to avoid scratching. Rubbing these flea bites triggers secondary skin infections. Flea bites appear as elevated red bumps. They are found on legs, ankles, feet, arms, and elbow crooks. Fleas from rodents, though, can cause serious infectious diseases like bubonic plague and typhus.
Flea bites can itch for about two weeks. The following are a few home remedies that offer relief from flea bites. If symptoms worsen, though, seek medical treatment.
#1. Warm Water, Antiseptic & Ice
The best home remedy is to wash the flea bite with soap and warm water. Administer an antiseptic and ice pack to minimize the swelling. If you don’t have an icepack, you can put ice in a plastic bag or use a bag of frozen vegetables. Apply the ice for 10 minutes, then take it off for another 10 minutes. Perform this procedure twice for an hour. The cold numbs the affected area and stops the itch until the area drops back to body temperature. Avoid using water that is too hot since it can irritate the flea bite.
#2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an excellent natural remedy for fighting infections, treating fungi, bacteria, yeast-related conditions, and mites. Aloe vera contains a compound called acemannan that triggers the immune response. Aloe vera stimulates cell regeneration, leading to accelerated healing and reduced scarring.
Mix aloe vera gel with diluted soap and apply it to the bite and cover with gauze. Diluted aloe vera gel can also be poured into a spray bottle and administered to affected skin areas.
#3. Indian Lilac
Indian Lilac is a tree native to India. Products from Indian Lilac have been a major component in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for over 2,000 years. Neem leaves and oil from this tree have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant qualities. They have been prescribed as natural remedies for skin allergies.
Stew a handful of neem leaves in water for 15-20 minutes, then let the solution cool. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it to the affected area for 10-15 minutes. Repeat a few times daily for a few days.
You can also administer a neem-based lotion or cream to the affected area a few times a day.
#4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, which is native to Australia. It was first used by Australian aborigine tribes as a general antiseptic for thousands of years. Tea tree oil is toxic if ingested orally, but it is used in low concentrations to treat skin conditions like acne, boils, burns, and insect bites because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. It can penetrate the epidermis to heal from inside.
Tea tree oil is also an effective bactericide that is used to counter the venom of minor insect bites. Administer 1-2 drops of tea tree oil directly to flea bites to trigger healing. Repeat daily.
Basil herb has been cultivated in India for over 5,000 years. It has many uses in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine system. It is a prophylactic and curative for insect bites.
Use 10-12 fresh basil leaves to make a paste. Wash them in fresh water, then put them in a mortar (a bowl). Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of water and grind with a pestle (a hammer) for 3-4 minutes.
Put the mixture in a wet cotton cloth and squeeze the juice into the bowl, separating it from the paste. Dip a cotton swab in the juice and wash the flea bite 2-3 times, then apply the paste. Cover the bite with a bandage.
Repeat every 2-3 hours over the course of a day. If the bite isn’t treated for the first 24 hours, though, use 1 teaspoonful of juice every 4 hours for 2 to 3 days.
You can wash flea bites with teas like black tea, comfrey tea, green tea, or lavender tea. Green and black tea have strong skin healing qualities. Comfrey tea can accelerate tissue healing. Lavender tea is both an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory natural home remedy.
Damp, cool tea bags can be applied to flea bites also. Tannin compounds in tea work as an astringent to extract fluid from the swollen flea bites.
#7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one the best natural home remedies that has been used for over 2,000 years for itchy bites. It contains acetic acid, which has antiseptic qualities that can soothe flea bites. Ideally, apply the vinegar to the flea bite immediately after noticing it.
Undiluted apple cider vinegar causes skin irritation when used for extended periods, though. Combine 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water, then administer it to the flea bite with a cotton ball or makeup pad. Symptom relief should begin within minutes. Administer the apple cider vinegar twice daily.
Lemon is another effective natural remedy for flea bites. It is an astringent that dries out rashes triggered by flea bites and reduces their attendant itching. Lemon also minimizes swelling and redness and averts infections.
Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and administer it to the flea bites. Let the lemon juice dry, then wash the flea bites with water. Repeat the treatment a few times daily.
#9. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an acid neutralizer. It offers rapid relief from itching. It also lessens inflammation, swelling, and the odds of infection. Avoid using on open wounds or broken skin.
Combine 1 teaspoonful of baking soda with a small amount of water and administer the paste to the flea bite. After 5-10 minutes, wash it off with cool water. Use this treatment 1-2 times daily.
You can also add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water. Immerse yourself in this solution for 10 minutes, then dry yourself. Do this daily.
#10. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is an inorganic mineral salt consisting of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen that has many uses, including calming flea bites and other skin conditions. An Epsom salt bath has analgesic effects that lessen irritation and inflammation triggered by flea bites.
Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to a bathtub filled with lukewarm water. Soak in the Epsom salt bath for at least 15 minutes 1-2 times weekly.
#11. Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal is made up of finely ground oats used for dry or itchy skin. Colloidal oatmeal has multiple skin uses. The fiber and cellulose within oats form an emollient that is effective at calming redness and irritation from flea bites and other conditions like rosacea and eczema. When your skin is soothed, the itching is gone also.
Make a thick paste with equal amounts of colloidal oatmeal and plain yogurt and a small amount of honey. Administer it to the flea bite and leave it on for half an hour before rinsing it off. Repeat daily.