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Sand Fleas: What Are They and What Can You Do About It

What are sand fleas?

Sand fleas, sometimes called sand mites, are most often misunderstood because of their name. But actually, they are crustaceans.

They like to live in the water, making them pests of marine animals. 

What do sand flea bites look like? 

They are red raised bumps usually occurring in the ankle and feet. They can be really bothersome and some can even turn into blisters filled with fluid inside. 

Sand Fleas

How can you treat the bites?

  1. Wash the bitten areas with cool water. Not only will it clean the area, but it will also help in relieving the itchiness.
  2. Pat dry with a cold towel to add more cooling effect on the bites. Cold temperature itself can help reduce inflammation.
  3. Apply anti-itch or anti-inflammatory creams or lotions to prevent further scratching of the lesions. Scratching promotes more redness and itchiness, which will delay healing.
  4. If the inflammation persists, take antihistamines to provide more comfort and to boost up the anti-inflammatory effect. 
  5. If still not enough, consult with your physician for possible steroid medications.
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Dr. ElliAbout the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.


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