7 thoughts on “Epsom Salt Bath For Flea Bites

  1. how do you help with flea bites to ankles and other body parts?
    My dog got fleas from an abdonned apartment that had carpet init . The family lived there had a dog and it had fleas. now my dog has fleas. we have tried boric acic on the carpet and carpet powder for fleas. nothinh I try for home remidies is helping . Do you have any other suggestions?

    • You will need something stronger to get rid of the fleas. Ask at a local pet store or vet about what product is best for your situation. There are some really good ones out there.

      As for flea bites, try soaking in a warm tub with Aveeno Oatmeal Bath Powder added to the water. If you don’t have that, try some Epsom salts or good old baking soda. Any of these will relieve the itch. After you dry off, apply Caladryl lotion (it has calamine and Benadryl in it). If the itch is very severe, you might want to take Benadryl in the pill form. It will make you drowsy but it beats being itchy.

  2. What can be done for a dog that has stepped on a bee?
    It’s almost midnight Friday,(no vets available) and our dog came in limping and licking his paw. When I tried to check it, a bee flew up from it. We can’t find the stinger,but it still seems to be hurting.

  3. Something to help stop itching from fleas?
    I’ve tried “Equate anti itch cream” and “After Bite” and I tried rubbing salt on them, and lemon juice, and spit, because that’s what people told me to try. But NOTHING is working, I have over 30 flea bites and they’re itching like crazy. And yes I’m positive they’re fleas, I keep catching them on me and killing them. Is there ANYTHING else I can try to stop the itching?

    • If you are nowhere near the ocean, the next best thing is to soak about 30 minutes in an Epsom salt bath.

      “Epsom salt can be used to relieve dry, itchy skin that results from mosquito bites, bee stings, mild sunburn, poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. The Epsom Salt Council’s article “Treat summer ailments with Epsom salt” points out three ways in which Epsom salt can be used to reduce itching: Mix 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt with 1 cup of water and apply to the skin using a cotton washcloth. A poultice can also be made for direct application to the skin by adding a 1 tsp. of Epsom salt to 1 cup of hot water until it dissolves, and then chilling the solution in the fridge for 20 minutes. Taking a warm bath adding 2 cups of Epsom salt in a regular-sized bathtub can also be helpful in relieving itchy skin.”

      Also, vitamin C is important for many things, but it also neutralizes the poison from any insect bite.

      “Vitamin C (1,000 mg 2 – 6 times per day for a short period) — Supports immune system function …. Lower dose if diarrhea develops”

      Get a liquid Vitamin C. It gets into your blood stream quicker. Emergen-C drinks are very good.

  4. How Does Flea Bites Heal/ What is a good treatment?
    My two dogs just recently contracted fleas in our yard and now they are in the house and they have attacked the family. I have dipped the dogs and sprayed the house and now we are suffering from flea bites!!! How do you treat FLEA Bites?

    • I had this happen once. Fleas are unbelievably prolific! I did what a friend suggested, and it helped. It’s lots of work, though…

      First be sure the pests are GONE. Turn the AC down as low as you can bear it – sixty-something. That makes the living fleas go dormant. Powder the carpet with Boric Acid (won’t hurt anything) and then vacuum the bejeebers out of it several hours later. That will get the eggs they laid. Wash all the bedding. You already treated the critters – good.

      THEN – after you’ve made sure they aren’t coming back or hatching eggs, relax in a hot bath with a whole bag of Epsom salts – that will naturally help with the itching. If you still are irritated, OTC Benadryl cream is very effective (I’m sure other brands are, too). The bumps go away after a week or two if you don’t scratch.

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