Sand Flea Bites happen if you have been to the beach and experienced some scars or bumps on your legs? Chances are it was one. Fleas don’t fly; they jump 20-40 cm high. For this reason, it is difficult for them to attack the upper part of your body, unless you are lying on the ground. However, they will attack your feet and suck your blood. I have prepared this article to make sure that staying away from these flea bites is a piece of cake. I am also going to explain the basic things you should know about these bad boys.
This term is used by many people to refer to various species of tiny insects that bite and leave welts very close to those of a flea. Well, the truth is that these fleas are not insects, they are crustaceans that are parasitic in nature and are found in sandy areas such as beaches and marshes. Their sizes vary, they can be very small or big enough to see.
There are two types of flea bites that you should be aware of. First is ordinary bite where the flea just sucks some blood and then moves on to another host. The bite looks like that one of a mosquito and does not have prolonged symptoms. The second one is worse; it is caused by a breeding female flea. The female flea burrows itself beneath the skin and stays there until the eggs hatch. This bite leaves relatively huge bumps with black spots. Both bites cause irritation and pain, but the second has more itching and pain since the flea stays there long enough to hatch eggs.
Okay, when a flea bites you, it injects saliva into your body to avoid clotting of blood so that it can comfortably suck blood. The parasite will leave to another host or burrow itself underneath your skin if it is a breeding female flea leaving a welt. You will now start experiencing some symptoms which include redness and bumps on the affected area, pain, itching, and unpleasantness. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you may suffer from allergic reactions which may be accompanied by other symptoms like dizziness, feeling nauseated, and difficulty in breathing. Note that breeding female fleas burrowing underneath the skin attract worse symptoms.
As I had mentioned earlier, critters are found in sandy areas like beaches and marshes, but this does not mean they cannot infest our homes. They can escape through swampy areas and find their way to our homes attacking our pets and eventually the residents. Good news are, these critters will not survive long since their habitat which is sand is not present. Research shows that the most harmful sand fleas are found in North Pacific. Equally important, these critters are usually very present and active at dawn and also in the evening and night time.
Once you are bitten, it will not be long before you start suffering from the symptoms. Itching will be the first thing you experience followed by the other symptoms which depend on your skin’s reaction to bites. Mostly, these bites are usually painful and irritating; you will definitely realize something has bitten you.
Okay, once you are bitten by a sand flea, it is important to seek medication since the area may be infected which can lead to secondary skin infections. Some of these infections can be serious while others will disappear in a few days. Since it is difficult to tell which bite should be taken seriously and which should be taken lightly, it is important that you seek simple medication. If symptoms persist, be sure to see a doctor.
Bites are not something big to shout about; it can be easily avoided and treated. If you are so unfortunate that you are bitten by sand fleas, don’t worry I am going to explain how you to go about it.
1. Try your level best not to scratch the bits. When you scratch the bites, a wound is likely to form which is more open to further infections.
2. Examine the bite to confirm whether it is an ordinary bite or it is a case of breeding female flea burrowing under the skin.
3. If it is an ordinary bite, go ahead and apply an anti-itch cream but if it is the burrowing case, go ahead and remove the flea before applying the cream. Be careful not to dismantle the flea; it might leave some eggs in your body. Anti-itching cream will help you get the itching minimized.
4. When applying the lotion/cream, do it gently. Hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion are the best recommended, but you can never go wrong with Aloe Vera gel. If you cannot access any of these, a mixture of water and baking powder will do well when applied on the bites.
5. When the pain becomes unbearable, you can do pain killers. If you don’t see any positive changes, you should visit a doctor.
Fine, you don’t have to deny yourself that incredible moment on the beach because of these bugs while there are a variety of skin repellents out there that claim repel sand flea bites. Well, some works while others will frustrate you. After a detailed research on how to prevent sand fleas from biting you again, I found out that cactus juice is the best remedy to keep them away. Cactus juice is completely natural and which makes it safe to use on adults and children. Apart from just preventing the flea bites, it also prevents sunburn, windburn and repels other insects.
We have discussed the sand flea bites and seen how dangerous they can be. These parasites can easily cause severe skin infections, especially if you are allergic to bites and stings. To avoid further infections, be sure to protect yourself from these fleas by practicing the above precautions. With such information, I am certain you will be nothing to worry about.