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reaction to fire ant bites

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Fire ants: Apply a 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water to decrease pain & reaction. Or try paste of water & meat tenderizer or Benadryl (diphenhydramin ... Read More

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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
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
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
36 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience Pediatrics
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
No: You will increase the chance of infection if you pop them let them heal.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Mccarty
31 years experience Dentistry
Strange question: Unless you received numerous stings by some potent ants i would not think so. You may not really have numbness but a strange alteration of sensation c ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Behram Dalal
30 years experience Dentistry
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
17 years experience Family Medicine
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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Hieber
49 years experience Pediatrics
Fire ant bites: Oral antihistamine such as Diphenhydramine (benadryl) for relief of itching and prevention of secondary infection secondary to deep scratching by chil ... Read More
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