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A 18-year-old member asked:

Ant bite caused swollen and pimple where it hurts and itches. what should i do?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Depends on reaction: Insect bites can cause a variety of reactions, ranging from infections, mild allergic reactions, serious allergic reactions, and "toxin" reactions (but rarely fatal.) what should be done depends on which of these reactions is occurring. Swelling & a pimple could indicate an infection and/or an allergic reaction. Infections can worsen quickly so suspicions for this should be checked by your doctor.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Doctor eval: Ice, benedryl, and ibuprophen will help. Don't scratch it or your risk infection. Sometime fire ant bites can last a while. If it looks infected, red, draining, pus, then see your doctor. Since your bite looks like a pimple then this is a sign of infection and you should see doctor.

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