Flea bites are not a good look. Even one can look embarrassingly unsightly as it moves from a pink bump through to a scabby red mark and finally a dark purple welt. If you are bitten more than once, the resulting bite marks can make you feel truly miserable. The worst part is, even once the itch is gone, the mark can remain for weeks. Find out how to deal with flea bite marks and get rid of them as fast as possible.
This post is about:
- Treating bites that are no longer active (ie they don’t itch any more)
Read more about how to identify flea bites and treat active flea bites.
Flea Bite Marks: Four Step Treatment
Often people refer to flea bite “scars”. Thankfully, those dark purple marks aren’t scars; they are not permanent and you can get rid of them. If you let nature take its course, they will be gone within a few weeks. However, sometimes a few weeks is too long. If you are too embarrassed to uncover your legs and arms, you need quick treatment. Here’s how (these tips should work for other insect bites too):
Once your bite is no longer active, and the skin is unbroken, you can speed up recovery by gentle exfoliation. Don’t exfoliate if the skin over the bite is broken as this may simply introduce an infection. Once the bite is healed, use a mild facial scrub over the bite and gently work over the area. The effect of exfoliating is to speed up the turnover of skin cells, so should help the mark to heal faster.
After exfoliating, and at regular intervals through the day, apply a little moisturiser to the bite. Don’t just dab it on top, gently work it into the skin. Although regular moisturisers like E45 cream should work well, other creams I have seen mentioned as particularly effective are Bag Balm and Aveeno.
Use Sun Block
The new skin that forms over your flea bite mark will be vulnerable to hyperpigmentation, which means that it will be likely to go darker than the surrounding skin when exposed to sunlight. So, whilst it might seem like a good idea to sit in your yard and soak up some rays so that the bite marks get hidden by a tan, in fact the bite marks will simply turn a darker shade.
By all means go in the sun, but as well as applying your regular sun cream to the rest of your skin, apply a total sun block to any bite marks. Alternatively, apply some fake tan lotion!
Heal yourself from the inside out by maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables with a minimum of processed foods. Consider adding these three natural immune boosters to your diet:
- Zinc – shown to reduce healing time and shrink wounds.
- Vitamin C – a well-known natural healer.
- Bromelain – an enzyme present in pineapples, this boosts immunity and reduces inflammation. [break]
How Long Do Flea Bite Marks Last?
Everyone’s bodies react differently to scarring and how you dealt with the bite in its active phase will have a bearing on healing time too. If you scratched the bite and broke the skin repeatedly, it’s more likely to take longer to heal, perhaps up to a few weeks. In an ideal world, someone who has a healthy diet and who managed not to scratch, may get rid of the mark within a week to 10 days.
Hopefully, if you follow these tips, you will reduce your healing time and eliminate your bite marks sooner rather than later.
- Don’t scratch by following our tips here
- Once your bite is not itchy, follow the four step plan above
- Don’t forget to treat your pet and your home too!
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