How to stop flea bites from itching

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How to stop flea bites from itching
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Flea bites usually occur around the ankles and lower legs. The small bites can be maddeningly itchy and difficult to not scratch. If you are suffering from flea bites, there are a few things you can do to stop the bites from itching.

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Things you need

  • Soap and water
  • Calamine lotion
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Ice packs
  • Baking soda
  • Aspirin
  • Hydrocortisone cream or benadryl Itch Stopping Cream
  • Band-Aids

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  1. 1

    Wash the bites on your skin with antiseptic soap and cold water; warm or hot water may make the itching worse.

  2. 2

    Wet a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol and dab the bites with it to dry them.

  3. 3

    Apply an ice pack (a bag of frozen peas works well) to bring down any swelling.

  4. 4

    Dab on some hydrocortizone cream or benadryl Itch Stopping Cream to reduce redness or swelling.

  5. 5

    Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to your bites.

  6. 6

    Wet an aspirin pill and rub it into the bites.

  7. 7

    Cover the bites with Band-Aids.

  8. 8

    Apply a dab of calamine lotion to the area.

  9. 9

    Take an antihistamine to relieve the itch.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to resist scratching the bites, because that could lead to infection or more red and raw skin.
  • Treat the flea problem in addition to treating your bites.
  • People who are allergic to flea bites tend to itch more. If your bites are raised and swollen, you could be allergic. Talk to your doctor about the allergic reaction you are experiencing.

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