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What should I do for an allergic reaction from an ant bite? Usually I need an Epipen (epinephrine) but this time I didn't. The bite area (my foot) is VERY swollen.

What should I do for an allergic reaction from an ant bite? Usually I need an Epipen (epinephrine) but this time I didn't. The bite area (my foot) is VERY swollen.

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Glad you didn't need an Epipen this time but if you have a history of breathing problems in past with ant bites don't leave home without it! Benadryl (diphenhydramine) usually first emergent medication I recommend. Keep foot elevated. Compresses 50/50 white vinegar/water. Make appointment to see your MD asap.
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Dr. John Chiu
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Fire ant bites reaction please help, what to do?

Fire ant bites reaction please help, what to do?

Fire ants: 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. ...Read more

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What would be recommended to take care of ant bites at home to relieve the reaction?

What would be recommended to take care of ant bites at home to relieve the reaction?

Don't scratch: Ant bites usually appear as a small red bump. There is sometimes a small blister in the middle, and depending on the type of ant, there can be swelling. Try not to scratch; as this will only serve to increase the symptoms. You can use Hydrocortisone cream topically and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally to help control the itching. Good luck and try to avoid the ants in the future. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of ant bite?

What are the key symptoms of ant bite?

Sterile pustules: Fire ants cause the most distressing ant bites. They actually are stings, produced by the rear end of the insect, often in a circular pattern. There is intense stinging, and then later, after that subsides, you will see a clear blister with yellow pus inside. Don't break it. If you are allergic to the fire ants, you can have a lot of itching, swelling, or even throat closing, asthma and shock. ...Read more

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Can people be allergic to ant bites?

Can people be allergic to ant bites?

Yes: As above, fire ant bites contain some carbolic acid which is not allergenic, but any bite is contaminated with protein debris which may trigger an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Hand swollen and red after fire ant bites...Itchy...Am I allergic?

Hand swollen and red after fire ant bites...Itchy...Am I allergic?

Possible: Hard to tell as the fire ant bite is often red swollen and itchy just like really allergy. The protein component of the venom is indeed allergenic so subsequent stings may lead to progressively more severe reactions. If this happens see your doc. ...Read more

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My 18mo old received about 30 ant bites on her hand and maybe 15 more around her body she has had fever since the bites could she be allergic?

My 18mo old received about 30 ant bites on her hand and maybe 15 more around her body she has had fever since the bites could she be allergic?

Ant bites & fever: Are you sure these are ant bites or something else causing the rash and the fever.If the fever is too high than take her to your pediatrician for exam to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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What sort of problem can come from an ant bite?

What sort of problem can come from an ant bite?

Easy question: Ant stings are a cutaneous condition caused by stinging (as distinct from biting) venomous ants, always painful, but most painful when involving fire ants.[1]. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flea and ant bites?

What's the difference between flea and ant bites?

Here are a few.: Flea bites itch more and ant bites sting more. Flea bites swell more and fire ant bites cause a painful small pustule. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ant bite?

What is the definition or description of: ant bite?

Blister with redness: Skin lesions from ant bites usually have a red base with a blisters on the sites of bites. ...Read more

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What should I do to stop the itch of black ant bites?

What should I do to stop the itch of black ant bites?

Baking soda: Apply a poultice of 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 water to the effected areas. Benedryl taken orally is also helpful. ...Read more

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What to do when you have ant bites should I leave it alone pop them?

What to do when you have ant bites should I leave it alone pop them?

Don't: Popping increases the risk of infections.

Here is some info:
http://www. Webmd. Com/allergies/fire-ant-stings ...Read more

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Do ant bites produce pus at area?

Do ant bites produce pus at area?

Need doctor: The blisters of ant bites can be fluid filled, but a blister with puss is infected. See a doctor and get this treated. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve itching from ant bites?

Baking soda/ h2O mix: Mix 1 part baking soda with one part water. Apply poultice to bites. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ant bite. The followingwhire head?

I am experiencing ant bite. The followingwhire head?

Using this site: To get the most from this site, you need to provide background information and ask a clear related question. As written, you have provided background, but the question is gibberish. Perhaps you posted it without proofreading. You need to start over. ...Read more

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Do fire ant bites cause nubness?

Do fire ant bites cause nubness?

Strange question: Unless you received numerous stings by some potent ants I would not think so. You may not really have numbness but a strange alteration of sensation called parasthesia. This is very possible as ant bites cause release of chemical irritants as your bodies defense mechanism which are capable of causing a parasthesia. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of an ant bite?

What is the treatment of an ant bite?

Ant bite: Hydrocortisone or triamcinalone cream locally and antihistamines such as Allegra or Claritin. ...Read more

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Should I pop pustules from fire ant bites?

Should I pop pustules from fire ant bites?

No: You will increase the chance of infection if you pop them let them heal. ...Read more

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How long does chigger and ant bites itch lasts? :

How long does chigger and ant bites itch lasts? :

Chigger bites: Usually resolve in 1 to 2 weeks w/o treatment. Get medical eval for infection. ...Read more

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My fire ant bites turned into boils! Please help?

My fire ant bites turned into boils! Please help?

Pustules (vs boils): It is typical after a fire ant bite to develop a red welt which can become fairly large. Most often (not always) a pustule develops within a few hours to a day. These are very painful. My family & I have had them. Apply a 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's for pain. Benadryl for itching. Call 911 for an allergic rxn. If these are boils you need medical care - I suspect. ...Read more

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Do you think I should pop this pus filled ant bite?

Do you think I should pop this pus filled ant bite?

No: The material is sterile inside. Breaking the skin will create a portal for germs to enter your body. ...Read more

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When an ant bites you why does it turn into a pimple?

When an ant bites you why does it turn into a pimple?

They: Don't always. It would depend on the insect bite and the way your body responds to it. If concerned please see your physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Which treatments are most highly recommended for ant bites?

Which treatments are most highly recommended for ant bites?

Don't sratch!: These can be very uncomfortable; but scratching and picking will only make the problem worse. Hydrocortisone cream can be used on the bites topically and you can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally for the itching. Both are available over the counter. They will fade within a few days. Watch for signs of infection and see your health care provider if symptoms continue past a week. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have ant bite? Need treatment?

Should I still go to work if I have ant bite? Need treatment?

Ant bites- not bad: Ants are insects, and all insects may bite people and cause inflammation and itching, and sometimes pain. These are not dangerous and can be treated with benadyl pills and Hydrocortisone cream. You can stay home from work for many reasons, but this is not a good one and you will miss a day of work and a paycheck, for not a serious problem. ...Read more

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Why is calamine solution applied on the skin where an ant bites?

Why is calamine solution applied on the skin where an ant bites?

Neutralization: Calamine solution contains zinc carbonate (basic ph) and ant's sting contains formic acid. The reaction between the acid and the base neutralizes the effect of the sting. Taking an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin and applying a topical steroid cream also help. ...Read more

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My child hates taking medicine. What can I do to treat ant bite?

My child hates taking medicine. What can I do to treat ant bite?

Keep it clean: Once an insect bites there are not many things to do. Medicines by mouth are not necessary. There are some topical agents to numb it but it will go away by itself. Teach them to not scratch it. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more


Ant Bite (Definition)

Skin lesions from ant bites usually have a red base with a blisters on ...Read more