Fly Bites on Humans Symptoms and Treatment

Fly Bites on Humans

When most of us think of insect bites, we think of the notorious mosquito, or an ant that mistook our toe for a mobile picnic basket. But, when we think of flies, we think of filthy, waste breeding germ spreaders who are best dealt with via an old magazine or shoe. You may be surprised then to find that some flies do in fact bite, and fly bites can be just as annoying, if not more so, than other types of flesh munching vermin.

Horseflies for instance, can cause swelling, redness and pain, which can be severe. These larger airborne pests are blood suckers, meaning that fly bites from these common pests can also transmit parasites. Sand fly bites, more common in coastal areas where they breed and live are less intense but can still cause itching, redness and sometimes swelling. As with many insects, water is a frequent must-have for the northern United States nuisance, the black fly. Black fly bites will often manifest as other insect nibblings do, and can create redness and itch, with swelling in some cases.

No matter what high flying nautical nasty has made a mark on your forearm, forehead or other exposed part, insect bite treatment is rather universal. Step one involves cleansing. Soap and water will usually suffice, but let’s face it – flying insects land on many things during the day, and they leave some of those many things on you, and in your fresh, tiny wound. Cleaning the area for fly bites is important to prevent germs and infection. After cleansing, application of a mild antiseptic will provide more germ protection. Because some critters like the horsefly can carry some nasty stuff, no bite can be too clean.

After thorough cleansing, you can opt to apply an anti itch ointment. Many things over the counter are available to keep you from scratching, and if you’re in a pinch, preparation H will work just fine too. The point is to keep you from scratching your fly bites. Scratching adds germs and keeps a healing wound open. If you can’t stop scratching, employ the use of a band aid or a piece of tape to help you stave off the urge.

Should you have other symptoms besides mild surface irritation, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, extreme swelling or hives, you may need immediate medical treatment. An allergic reaction to bug bites can be very serious, and if you suspect you are allergic or are having a serious reaction, skip the band aid, and seek medical attention promptly. Untreated allergic reactions can be very serious.