How to Treat Sandfly Bites

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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

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

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp cloth
  • Antibiotic ointment
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Sarah Davis has been a culinologist since 1998. She has worked in the offices and labs of Burger King, Tyson Foods and Cargill developing and writing recipes. She currently owns WISH Events in Atlanta. She and her husband also buy homes to rejuvenate and resell. Davis holds degrees from Johnson and Wales University in culinary arts and the University of Georgia in food science.