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should you pop the blister on a red ant bite/

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Margaret Mann
18 years experience Dermatology
Only if it is tense: Usually we don't recommend popping blisters, as the intact skin prevents infection. The fluid will generally resolve on its own. If the blister is t ... Read More
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Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Use ice: I would apply ice compress to the area. Put some ice cubes or crushed ice in a ziploc bag and put it on the ant bite for 20 mins, then leave ice off ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
No need to burst: It gradually dries up and goes away. Popping it puts you at increased risk for infection.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Of course first ?: is where were you recently, as this certainly could be a bite reaction. But other conditions can cause bite like inflammation including something simp ... Read More
Dr. Raymond Schneider
45 years experience Family Medicine
This sounds like a skin condition related to dry skin.: Look up" hyperkeratosis pilaris" in Google and then switch to the images and see if the picture looks like you're rash. If it appears to be a match th ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Mccarty
31 years experience Dentistry
I do: Not really sound medical advice, but I have had many fire ant bites for years practically weekly, and i pop them right away. It seems they heal faste ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Asseff
27 years experience Dentistry
No: Do not pop the blisters as it increases the risk of infection and scarring.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: The blister contains sterile material which will absorb back into your body. Breaking open the skin will increase your chances of developing an infect ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Fire ants: I empathize with you about fire ant bites -- they can really itch and burn! the lesions (with little blisters) can also last for a week or more. The ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: They normally contain sterile material. Breaking open a lesion - puts you at higher risk of infection.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reena Gupta
18 years experience Dentistry
See physician: Would not recommend popping blisters..If itchy or seems infected..Get checked by physician and can treat appropriately.
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A female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Possible infection : Any insect bite, no matter what the bug, has the potential to get infected, as there is a break in the normal skin integrity. Add scratching to the mi ... Read More
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