How to Treat Sandfly Bites

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How to Treat Sandfly Bites
Sand fly bites can be treated with antibiotic ointment. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Sand flies are tiny flies (2 to 3 millimetres in length) that inhabit most coastal regions. The sand fly will bite to suck the blood of its host. These bites are normally minor, but if left untreated, they could become entry points for viruses or parasites. People bitten by sand flies may experience skin irritation and itching. If the bites are scratched, the open sores can lead to infection. Sand fly bites are easy to treat with antibiotic ointment.

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Things you need

  • Damp cloth
  • Antibiotic ointment

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  1. 1

    Wipe the bite area with a clean, damp cloth to remove surface dirt. This will keep dirt and germs from entering the bite wound.

  2. 2

    Open the tube of antibiotic ointment. Squeeze out a pea-size amount of ointment onto the tip of your index finger.

  3. 3

    Apply the ointment from your fingertip to the bite area. Gently rub the ointment into the bite area until the ointment is absorbed into the skin.

Tips and warnings

  • Each antibiotic ointment will have its own directions for application. Follow the specific directions on the tube of ointment being used.
  • Ibuprofen gel also may help relieve the itching caused by sand fly bites.
  • Do not ingest the ointment. It is for external use only.
  • Do not scratch the bite. Scratching could lead to infection.

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