A sand flea is tiny, about 3 mm big. It is also called the beach fly or the sand fly. If you are at the beach, wetlands, creeks, or marshes, where the sea deposits the seaweed, look out for a whining noise. It will be a swarm of sand fleas.
Sand Flea Bite Symptoms
By and large, sand fleas bite around the ankles. They can jump almost forty centimeters high before biting. You may not receive a bite on the upper body, unless you are reclining on the beach. The area turns red and itchy. Red angry blotches / welts appear, accompanied by excessive itching. Swelling may develop. A sand flea may also bury itself in the skin and continue drawing blood.
Sand Flea Bite Treatment and Remedies
- First and foremost, avoid scratching. This reduces the soreness and cuts down the risk of bacterial infection.
- Anti-histamines, over the counter, or as prescribed by the physician help control the symptoms of the flea bite.
- In case of excessive pain, you may need to use pain killers.
- Occasionally, after one is bitter by a sand flea, he may suffer from leishmaniasis, since, these fleas carry a host of infections. It is a known fact that the sand fleas are carriers of various diseases. Sodium stibogluconate treats leishmaniasis effectively.
- Ideally, if you are visiting the beach / marshland / swampy areas, use a flea repellent to prevent a sand flea bite and to protect yourself.