How To Treat A Horse Fly Bite

How To Treat A Horse Fly Bite


In this article, we’ll be covering the best ways to treat a horse fly bite in a few simple steps.

Cool the bite down using a cold compress.

  • Cool the bite down using a cold compress.

If you can catch the bite early, it’s important to keep it from getting worse by cooling it down. The best way to do this is with an ice pack or even just a regular bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel or paper towel and applied directly to the bite location for 20 minutes at a time. Make sure that you don’t leave the cooling on for longer than that; doing so could damage your horse’s skin or cause other issues like frostbite.

Apply a paste of baking soda and water.

  • Make a paste of baking soda and water.
  • Mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part water until it forms a paste, then apply it to the bite.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with cool water.

Apply an antihistamine cream to the bite.

You may have come to this article searching for a way to treat your horse flies bite. Anti-histamine creams can be useful if you’ve already had the bites and want to reduce any itching or swelling that remains.

Anti-histamine anti-itching creams are available over the counter at any pharmacy and will usually work within minutes of application.

Take an over-the-counter painkiller.

Take an over-the-counter painkiller.

If you don’t have access to a horsefly repellent, or if you’re allergic to benadryl and can’t take it, there are other options for treating the pain from a horsefly bite. Taking an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help relieve the itching and swelling associated with bites. If your bite contains venom, though—or if this is your first time dealing with a horsefly bite—you may want to go with something stronger like naproxen (brand name Aleve).

Use hydrocortisone cream if the bite is very itchy.

You can also use hydrocortisone cream if the bite is very itchy. Hydrocortisone works by decreasing redness, swelling and itching. It’s a good idea to keep a tube of this on hand in your first aid kit, just in case.

There are many ways to treat insect bites, and most are surprisingly simple to do at home.

There are many ways to treat insect bites, and most are surprisingly simple to do at home.

  • Wash a wound with soap and water, then apply an antibiotic ointment or cream. Don’t use rubbing alcohol on the wound, as it can be irritating and slow healing. Instead, rinse the bite area with lukewarm water several times a day if necessary.
  • Apply a cold compress (a washcloth soaked in cold water) to relieve pain and swelling brought on by insect bites. This should also help reduce itching from mosquito bites or other irritations that may follow an insect bite attack.
  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for relief from itching caused by insect stings or bites; Benadryl is safe for children age 2 years old and older (unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician). If you’re using any type of topical pesticides around your home—for example, flea treatments—always read the label carefully before applying them anywhere near your pet’s face because they can cause severe harm if ingested accidentally by pets who lick themselves after application!


If a horsefly has bitten you, you may be in pain and worried about infection. There are many ways to treat these bites, even at home! You can use over-the-counter products like hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion, which will help with inflammation and itching. If the bite is serious, try an oral antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablets or capsules. You can also apply ice packs wrapped in cloth to reduce swelling. Remember that any open sores should be cleaned with antiseptic soap regularly for three days after being bitten by a horsefly so as not to spread bacteria from the bite wound into your bloodstream.”

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