A 38-year-old member asked:
child with fire-ant bites. what's the best treatment?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Patrick Hieber answered
50 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 child. The "white heads" on the ant bites are not a sign of infection but rather a sterile material caused by formic acid injected during the bite. Topical mupurocin (bactroban) at first signs of true secondary infection is helpful.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Fire Ants don't : Actually bite. Pinchers grip skin while stinging injects solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. Apply a 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water to decrease pain & reaction. Or try paste of water & meat tenderizer or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching. Do not squeeze or disrupt the lesions that develop. About 15% of people are allergic to fire ant stings. For anaphylactic rxn call 911 for immediate treatment.
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
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