Summer nightmare: sand fleas bites
You spent the whole day at the beach, enjoying the tropical sun and the sweet melody of the Atlantic waves, you are now leaving the beach with salty hair and new tan marks you can’t wait to show to your friends stayed at home. Everything looks like the perfect vacation, except for one thing; your legs are itchy and you notice the appearance of small red dots all over.
You probably are the victim of the most feared demons of the beaches; the sand fleas, devious little monsters who spare no one. Those small and pesky crustaceans can be found on most of the coasts, or moist areas such as under rocks or debris, and operate insidiously as real professionals. Despite their tiny size, their bite can cause a large welt, rash, or other skin complications that can last for days, turning your magical vacations into a real nightmare.
How to avoid sand flea bites?
First of all, to avoid this itchy experience, try to stay away from the beach in the morning or the evening, when the temperatures are cooler, which give the fleas a good environment to attack the vacationers. If you a sunrise or a sunset lover, try to move as much as you can, the fleas are pretty slow animals and won’t manage to bite you if you stay active. Wear insect repellent and make sure to re-apply it often in between two dips.
Avoid direct contact with the sand, and always make sure to have a layer under you while you are lying on the beach; a long chair or blankets are ideal. Cover your feet, ankles, and calves whenever you can, the flea is not a great climber and usually can’t reach higher than 40 centimeters. Try to avoid the beach on cloudy or rainy days, those animal love moist and evolve the best in that climate.
How to treat sand flea bites
- The most important sand flea bite symptom is itchiness, and as hard as it is, don’t scratch it! Ah ah, easy to say, I know, but this can lead to a bigger infection and you won’t get rid of it before weeks. The best sand flea bite remedy is to apply a lotion with calamine and ant cortisone that you can find in every drug store and pharmacy.
- As well, soaking into a bath of baking soda or oatmeal is a really good sand flea remedy; both antioxidants, really efficient in a scratching crisis and calm the irritations. But make sure the water is cold, hot temperature just increases the infections and the irritations.
- You can also apply cold compresses, it helps to reduce the welt and rash, and it’s good temporary anesthesia. Aloe Vera is excellent for soothing and healing most of the skin irritations, you can use it generously, and it’s also really good for sunburns, giving your skin good hydration.
- Essential oils have a lot of virtues, and lavender oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and cedar oil are not only good for skin burn but may help well to reduce the skin irritation caused by sand flea bites.
If you see these remedies are not helping, and the itchiness is persistent, check a doctor, the sand flea might have followed you home, and the critter might be breeding under your skin.
In most cases, it consists of a small red spot like a mosquito bite with severe irritation and itchiness. Check the doctor to have the eggs removed and apply the antihistamine cream he will prescribe.
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