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A 38-year-old member asked:

fire ants allergies - i think this is a bad year- please advise?

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Dr. Lily Hwang
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 18 years experience
See an allergist: An allergist can help you determine if the reaction you have to fire ant is life-threatening and offer you treatment for the allergy. You need an epi-pen if you have life- threatening reaction to fire ants. Normal reaction includes large local reaction, blistering, itching, swelling in the area bitten. Difficulty breathing, hives, nausea, vomiting, passing out are examples of life-threatening rxns.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fire Ant Allergies: About 15% of people have fire ant sting allergies. The symptoms may be mild or could be more severe w hives, swelling (mouth, tongue, lips), nausea, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness or shock. In extremely rare situations there have been deaths related to fire ant stings. Please see your allergist for evaluation. Desensitization is possible with an imported fire ant vaccine.

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