Black flies: How to treat the painful bites

Black flies are becoming a local nuisance in Spokane County, and their bites are packing a painful punch. Khq took to Facebook to find out just how bad the flies are. Our video has been viewed over 17,000 times and has garnered hundreds of shares, and comments.

Jack Lynch said in a post "Worst year ever! Never seen so many and they are swarming when outside this is how many are stuck in our screen door."

Nicholas Overturf shared a picture of his 3-year-old daughter with us on Facebook who was bitten several times reading “Out of the four of us. The flies only liked my three-year-old daughter.”

It's pictures like Nick's that really bring home the horror that these little pests are capable of inflicting. The bites leave a small punctured wound causing bleeding, slight swelling and in more severe cases swollen bumps the size of a golf ball. 

So the question is how do you treat these bites? We made some phone calls to doctor's, and they gave us some tips on how to make those painful black fly bites.

The first thing you should do is contact your doctor and make an appointment to have bites looked at.

To make the swelling go down apply ice to the area for 15 minutes.

Wash the bites with hydrogen peroxide.

Purchase over the counter hydrocortisone cream to reduce swelling and irritation.

Your doctor will provide you with topical steroidal cream.

If the itch or bite from the fly worsens in the area and there's yellow drainage coming from the bite get to get checked out by a doctor because it could be a sign of an infection and may require treatment with antibiotics.

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