Sand mites are tiny crustaceans that bury in the sand and feed on decaying plants. They are often found in large numbers in areas where seaweed has washed ashore. Their bite produces red welts similar to mosquito bites that itch and swell. If left alone, the bite will heal on its own after a few days. Be careful not to scratch as broken skin can lead to infections.
Things You'll Need
- Pain Relievers
- Antibacterial soap
- Colloidal oatmeal
- Baking soda
- Aloe vera
Rinse bite with antibacterial soap and warm water. As sand mite bites itch, it is important to keep the area clean in case inadvertent scratching breaks the skin.
Apply baking soda and water. Mix baking soda and water to create a thick paste and apply directly to bites. This will immediately relieve itching and reduce redness.
Apply aloe vera gel. This natural remedy provides cooling relief to insect bites and calms irritated skin. Apply 100 percent aloe vera gel liberally to skin as often as needed.
Soak in a colloidal oatmeal bath. Mix the powder into a tub filled with warm water and allow particles to evenly disperse. Soak in the tub to help relieve itching.
Take oral medication. If the itching is severe, oral antihistamines can provide relief to severe sand mite bites. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen can reduce swelling and alleviate pain.