As with the case of the different fleas like the dog fleas, bite from sand fleas leave itchy welts. And because a bite from other animals leaves similar welts as well, it is important that you first collect the animal and have them identified as sand fleas, because really there are multiple possibilities.
Sand fleas become even aggressive during the rainy season. They are often present in sandy areas such as beaches and marshy places. They are crustaceans, not insects.
Now the fact is that sand fleas are not meant to be confined to the coast all their life. If and when they get the chance, they could move with you into your home. And you want to know what that means to you and your pets?
Sand fleas are found on the sand, so obviously they will be biting parts of your body like the feet, ankles, and legs, being that they are the most closest to the ground. Sand fleas have been found to be capable of jumping heights between 20 – 40cm from the ground — which means they can’t fly. But don’t be fooled — they can’t fly but they can jump. And they can bite.
A lot of the time sand fleas will attack the lower parts of your body like your feet and ankle. The simple logic behind this is that they’re the closest to the ground. By implication, sand fleas may not be attacking the upper parts of your body, except of course you’re lying down.
Another case in which they can reach your upper body such as the arms is when you hold your dog or cat that has already been attacked by them.
Although the sand fleas are quite small, they can cause severe skin problems. When you do get bitten, it’s most likely to happen during the evening, night or at dawn. This is when the sand fleas are most active.
Basically, there are two types of sand flea bites on humans. The first one looks like a mosquito bite and happens when the fleas suck your blood and then moves on to another host. They inject saliva to prevent blood clotting as they are feeding, and this saliva is what irritates the skin.
The second one is a little worse and is caused by breeding female sand fleas. The fleas burrow themselves into the skin and stay there until their eggs hatch out. A way to identify this type of sand flea bite is to look out for swollen areas with black spots.
And the type of bite notwithstanding, both causes itching, pain, and unpleasantness. If you’re allergic or sensitive to sand flea bites, you may come up with more severe reactions like dizziness, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, swelling tongue or lips and feeling nausea.
As well, you could have some serious health conditions such as tungiasis, which is an inflammatory skin disease that should be treated before it results in secondary infections.
If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by sand fleas, and given its attendant discomfort feeling, you could be looking for some treatments — or perhaps some substances that will alleviate or lessen the pains. Sure there are several of those substances, some prescribed by the doctors, and others being available at drugstores.
Sand Flea Bites Treatment
- First off avoid scratching the bites. This increases the chance of getting infections in the wound.
- Get to be sure the bite are that of a breeding sand fleas. If they are, you should know you’ll be getting treatment that will not only suppress your pains but one that will as well kill the burrowing parasite underneath your skin, because really, they can continue to live under your skin unaware and suck your blood for weeks.
- Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can be applied on the spot of the bite to control itching. You could as well take some painkillers to reduce the pain and swelling. And perhaps this does not help, see a doctor. (S)he or may also advise you to treat your bites with an antihistamine cream.
- Baking soda mixed with water may give you some relief.
- Make yourself an oatmeal bath and soak in it to reduce the itching. But only be careful not be use hot water.
- Aloe Vera as well is great for all kinds of wounds and it also has a soothing effect on sand flea bites.
- Essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree and cedarwood may also help you get rid of the discomfort.
So if bites from those sand fleas really caused such pain and discomfort, you can avoid a repeat, can’t you? Or at least prevent them from attacking your skin again. Now that’s right.
The one product I would recommend to keep sand fleas off you is cactus juice. Cactus juice is safe for all ages and is completely natural. Aside the fact that it works for fighting sand fleas, it is also effective for wound and sun burns. Of all the different sand flea repellants I would recommend, cactus juice ranks top.
And rather than exposing yourself to sand flea bites and then going about looking for some treatment, how for preventing yourself from this bite in the first place since you can?
How To Avoid Sand Fleas Bite
- You may not visit the beach during the raining season. Sand fleas seem to be more active and aggressive when the air is cool and moist. You should stay away from the beach in the morning and in the evening. Most people go to the beach when it’s warm and dry outside anyway, so that’s good.
- If you do go to the beach when it’s cool outside, please remember to pack your insect repellant.
- Cover yourself up when sitting or lying down to avoid getting bitten on your back, legs, and feet.