treat flea bites humans pets

Cold Compresses

Applying a cold compress can help stop itching and pain due to flea bites. This remedy works for humans as well as pets.

The cold temperature has a numbing effect on the nerve endings that helps soothe the itching sensation. It also reduces swelling.

Clean the site of the bite and the area around it with warm, soapy water.
Wrap a few ice cubes in a thin washcloth.
Put the ice pack on the affected area for no more than 2 to 3 minutes.
Take a break, then reapply the pack.
Continue doing this for 10 to 15 minutes, a few times a day.

Baking Soda

Another great remedy for flea bites on humans and pets is baking soda.

Being a natural acid neutralizer, it provides instant relief from itching. It also reduces swelling and inflammation as well as the risk of infection.

Simply mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a little water and apply the thin paste on the flea bite. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water. Use this remedy 1 or 2 times a day only.
Alternatively, add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water. Stir it well. Soak yourself in this soothing water for 10 minutes, then pat yourself dry with a soft towel. Do this once daily.
Both cats and dogs can be treated with a paste made from 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a little water to prevent itching and scratching. Use a cotton ball to apply this mixture on the affected area. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water. In case your pet is itching all over, give your pet a bath with ½ to 1 cup of baking soda mixed in its bath water

Aloe Vera

Succulent aloe vera gel is soothing for the skin, for humans as well as pets. Its active compounds contain antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help ease itching and swelling due to flea bites. It also accelerates the healing process.

Cut open a small part of an aloe vera leaf and extract the gel.
Rub the gel on your skin and areas where fleas have bitten your pet.
Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Use this remedy 2 or 3 times daily.
Store the remaining gel in the refrigerator.

Indian Lilac

Whether you want to control a flea infestation or treat flea bite symptoms, Indian lilac (also known as neem or margosa) is very effective.

Neem leaves and oil contain anti-irritant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities and is widely used on humans and dogs by those who prefer to treat flea bites in a natural way. Neem remedies are not suitable for cats.

Simmer a handful of neem leaves in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the solution and allow it to cool. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and place it on the flea-bitten area for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this a couple of times daily for a few days.
You can also apply a neem-based cream or lotion on the affected area a few times daily.
For your dog, dilute neem oil with almond oil in a ratio of 1:10. Rub it on the affected areas of your dog a few times daily.
To control a flea infestation, mix 12 drops of therapeutic-grade neem oil in a 1-ounce spray bottle. Spray this solution on flea-infested areas. You can also spray the solution on your dog’s fur and allow it to dry.