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Fire ant bites swelling

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 30 years experience
Likely just a bruise: from chair. continue icing, topical steroids and antihistamine. If worsens instead of improves, make appointment with doctor, and watch out for those ... Read More

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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
See Dr if many bites: For fire ant bites beyond age 2yr, oral antihistamines like Claritin or zyrtec can help block itching and swelling. Motrin, advil, or tylenol (acetami... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Fire Ants don't : Actually bite. Pinchers grip skin while stinging injects solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. A fire ant is the gift that keeps on giving – as 1 ant can re... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
No: You will increase the chance of infection if you pop them let them heal.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: breaking the skin will cause a portal for germs to enter your body.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Behram Dalal
32 years experience
Probably: Would recommend applying some neosporin / polymixin topical ointment. If it is a problem see your physician. Hope this helps.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
38 years experience
Don't sratch!: These can be very uncomfortable; but scratching and picking will only make the problem worse. Hydrocortisone cream can be used on the bites topically ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 49 years experience
3-5 days: Three to five days to heal, but beware of significant allergy to fire ant bites, as severe as with bee stings! Consider seeing an allergist, if your ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Care: Care for acute insect bites that cause a localized rash can include: 1) oral or topical antihistamine agents such as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) 2) t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Tough to treat: antihistamines such as claritin, (loratadine) Alegra or Zyrtec can be helpful. Topical cream such as hydrocortisone can be helpful. Ice to the area 20... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Van Stralen
38 years experience
Yes: Seeing your physician is the safest approach.
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