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How to Stop Fleas from Biting Humans

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Fleas Are Tiny

That means that it is almost impossible to stop fleas from jumping on you. While chemical treatments eventually kill off fleas, these creatures can stick around for a little bit. The key is to find some good flea repellent to make sure fewer fleas jump on you.

To find out specific ways to stop fleas from biting humans, just continue to read our article. It explores the issue, so you have the answers you need.

What to Do When Fleas Bite Humans

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For most people, flea bites will not trigger any allergic reactions. That means you do not have to go to your doctor’s or the emergency ward to receive treatment. You just have to go to your bathroom cabinet or your local drug store to find the right medication.

Common over-the-counter anti-itch creams or ointments and antihistamines should take care of any discomfort you are feeling. However, if you do get an allergic reaction, and start having headaches or a fever, then you should consult your doctor.

They will be able to prescribe the right medication to cure you of those health issues. Make sure you do not scratch the flea bites. That action may open up the area and put you at risk for infection or worse illnesses.

Reach for the anti-itch cremes or ointments instead. The flea bite will only remain for a few days and you can keep the area clean by using normal soap and water. Cover the flea bites with a bandage to prevent any further issues from forming in the area.

What Can I Put on My Skin to Keep Fleas Off of Me?

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There are some good commercial products on the market today that will protect you from fleas. You just need to go to the right counter and read the different labels. You want to make sure you are getting the right medicine for your skin type.

The drawback to using these products is that they will have harsh chemical ingredients. If you are allergic to those, then you may have further health issues. However, you can find some natural products like essential oils to help repel those fleas.

Thyme oil and myrtle oil are two of those essential oils that seem to repel fleas better than most commercial products do. Other oils that can help are made from eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, rosewood, cedar, citrus, or lemongrass.

Just mix them with some water and spray the solution over vulnerable areas that fleas like.

There’s a bug bite on your leg but are unsure of what bit you? Check out our post “Where do fleas usually bite humans?” to learn more.

What Scent Will Keep Fleas from Biting Me?

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There are a few different scents that can work for you. One would be to mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil, and water to make up a great scent that repels fleas.

This mixture should be powerful enough to handle all the fleas you come in contact with. Apple cider vinegar is said to be a mild deterrent though which is why you mix in some essential oils.

Mixing the oils made from the following ingredients- Citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary- with water, should provide you with a great scent that repels fleas. Don’t mix the different oils together though. They are to be individually used.

You can just spray the solution onto your pet’s coat and yourself before you go for a walk outside.

How Can I Keep Fleas Off Me?

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Aside from avoiding any outside area or animal you think has fleas, you can make your own flea repellent and use that. There are different essential oils whose fragrance is enough to repel fleas and do no harm to yourself.

Or you can buy a flea repellent from your local market or grocery store or even a pet store. That is going to be the best way to keep fleas from jumping on you or your pet. Also, you can try 100% coconut oil. It is said to be an effective flea repellent and flea killer.

Or you can try lemon juice mixed with rosemary essential oil for an extreme flea repellent. These natural repellents should work on both you and your pet.

Some Final Words

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When you get flea bites, do not rush off to the doctor. Just treat it yourself unless you are experiencing more severe physical issues. If you are and are having an allergic reaction, then get to your doctor as quickly as possible.

Or go to the hospital’s emergency room for treatment. Treat the bites as quickly as possible and then cover them with a bandage so they do not get worse.

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