A 48-year-old member asked:
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what to do if i was bit by red ants! (fire ants) what do i do!?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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 Oct 23, 2015

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Likely ok: This will likely resolve within days. However I wonder how a fire ant got onto your tongue.
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Red fire ants: Fire ants don't actually bite. They grip your skin with pinchers while stinging from their abdomen. Their sting injects solenopsin which is an alkaloi ... Read More
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