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A 27-year-old female asked:

i got bit by one fire ant on my big toe last night. now, my whole foot is swollen. is this a sign of an allergy?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Yes, could be: this is a severe localized reaction, could very well be due to allergy, you need evaluation by an allergist/immunologist, keep antihistamines and epinephrine pen handy, ask your doctor about it, as re-exposure would be more severe, you might need vaccines (allergy shots) against fire ants, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area take OTC antihistamines & c ur doctor
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 43 years experience
No: More likely, this is a reaction to the bite itself, although if this occurred several days after, it could be an infection. In either case, seek prompt medical attention!
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Or an infection: I would see a doctor to help differentiate.

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Last updated Jul 13, 2015

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