This page will offer you a complete summary of everything we have thoroughly researched on sandflies and sandfly bites for you on our mission to not have one more backpacker’s adventure ruined. This guide will show you how to prevent, to treat and to heal sandfly bites, which can drive you mad and spoil your vacation once they hit.
In our past years we have found that taking breaks from everyday life and learning as much about different countries and cultures as somehow possible through travelling is the best way to keep a human mind healthy and prepare for the stressful days throughout a year’s work. Let it be in university or business surrounding. It is nowadays more than important to stay grounded, to take time for one selves, log off and tune in. Even one week can enough to feel lost spirits coming back to a worn out body, mind and soul. Travel and having as much time as one can want is pure luxury.
We believe that the best way to invest your hard earned money is to spend it on a backpack and a ticket to the destination of your dreams. There should be nothing holding you back. And definitely not sandflies and their bites.
We unknowingly encountered the first sandflies (sand fly) in Asia some years ago. They attacked our legs and arms and we didn’t even knew what they were and where all the bites came from. The following weeks are still burnt into our heads: we had horrible sleepless nights full of itching, scratching and hurting. Sometimes we even had allergic reactions within our group of fellow backpackers, which led to infections and nasty scars.
We felt that the relaxation of being on the beaches had somehow been taken away from us by an evil force. And a great part of our holiday was ruined.
So back in Germany we started searching for solutions for this awful sandfly problem. We learnt that sandflies are a general disease in many of the world’s most sought after destinations.
With this site we have done everything to put together a complete overview on sandfly bites for backpackers, flashpackers and all kinds of travellers around the world. We have experimented with all possible remedies, medicines, lotions, spoken to countless pharmacists, locals and experts and researched even the tiniest information hidden on the internet regarding the cure of sandfly bites and the avoiding of sandflies
Believe us – we have been where you might be right now. Itching, scratching, bleeding and simply becoming desperate. And we want to help you.
The first thing you should do after a new sandfly bite is apply heat to the sandfly bite
This will destroy the proteins of the histamine in the salvia of the sandflies, which initially causes the itching
Our top tip to do so is the “bite away“ bite pen, which heats up to 51°C, and is very safe to use
You can also use a towel and very hot water
But take care not to hurt yourself!!!
No, there is nothing you can do or apply on your skin that will 100% prevent sandflys to bite you.
You can apply coconut oil on your skin to make it harder for the sandfly to land on you
Sandflies have also difficulties to bite through the lubricating oil film of the coconut oil.
There are several really good sprays and lotions to put on the bite afterwards
As the itching is caused by the histamine in the salvia of the sandfly you can get anti-histamine-tablets in the pharmacy, which will help you a lot (also they will make you a but tired)
Every sandfly bite heals differently depending on your sensitivity and on the spot you have been hit
The less you touch (or scratch) the sandfly bite, the quicker it will be healed off
In general it can be said that it take around 3 days until 1,5 weeks
But check out our amazing tips, which will help you getting over the sandfly bite
In most of the cases sandfly bites are a real pain in the neck but in some cases there might be possibilities to carry diseases
We have put together hygiene tips to be prepared for bites (and other situations) even on the beach here…
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