Aug 17 2013
Spring is the season when the sand fleas are at their peak of showing up in the beaches and coastlines. These are not insects; they are classified as crustaceans. They are mistaken as insects because of their bites that sting – resembling the bites of mosquitoes but are more serious and dangerous. The manner of biting is similar to what a mosquito does and the symptoms are analogous. You will have redness in the bitten spots; they are itchy and can develop into blisters when scratched. But the bites of the female sand fleas are worst and these are the severe and serious kinds.
Unlike the mosquitoes, they do not fly; they only swim and jump. However, the distance of the jump is very low as they are not high jumpers. This is also the reason why the bites are on the feet and lower legs. Unless you lay on the beach, your body will not have the bites.
There are some remedies and treatments for the bites of the sand fleas. These treatments may not be cures but only ways to relief. And you can prevent being attacked by these types of fleas.
How long do bites of sand fleas last?
When bitten by the sand fleas, you will feel the irritating itch. Perhaps you cannot control your hands to be scratching the spots that sting. Blisters can replace the red spots and you keep scratching this itchy blister, it can erupt and become open wounds. This makes your insect bites prone to inflammation and will require more time to heal. The feeing can last for as long as to weeks. But when the bite is from impregnated sand fleas, the sore and pain can be longer – as long as the eggs had not yet been laid.
Treatment for bites of sand fleas
When you have bites of sand fleas, the sting may be disturbing and to stop the itchiness, you can cover the bites with calamine lotion. You can also take antihistamine pill or tablets. These medications can be purchased over the counter of drugstores. You are trying to control the itchiness through the medication so that the bites of the sand fleas do not get redder, larger and inflamed. There are anti-itch cream as well as itch-controlling gels. In case of unbearable pain, you can get relief from ibuprofen or pain relieving drugs.
If the bite becomes larger – the size of a quarter-coin, you can be allergic to the bite and you will need to get professional medical treatment. There are times when the inflammation is caused by burrowed female sand fleas waiting to complete the egg-laying stage under your skin. This may need minor operation so that the fleas can be removed.
Bites of sand fleas – the prevention
There are some ways to prevent being bitten by sand fleas. These pests are active when the environment gets colder so if you are going to the beach which is their habitat, go during the mid morning or afternoon before dusk. When in the beach, wear long trousers preferably those that are elastic at the ankles. Your footwear should be closed such that these creatures would not reach your feet or lower legs. To avoid having more bites, you have to apply bug spray on your body.
Sand fleas bite you just the way mosquitoes do. You can endure the symptoms, you can treat the bites and you can also prevent being a victim.