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What is the definition or description of: tropical fire ant allergy?

What is the definition or description of: tropical fire ant allergy?

See below: It consists of reactions (other than the typical itching and swelling at sting site) of any of the following symptoms: diffuse itching, swelling, hives, flushing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, shock and death. An allergist can order blood tests and perform skin testing to confirm fire ant allergy. Carry an epipen (epinephrine). Allergy shots can provide long term protection. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Permanent damage from single shot of prednisone for ant allergy?

Permanent damage from single shot of prednisone for ant allergy?

Usually not, unless: Injection into tendon can result in tendon rupture. Steroid could exacerbate infection or diabetes. ...Read more

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Fire ants allergies - are there places I should avoid?

Fire ants allergies - are there places I should avoid?

Be careful: , fire ants are found throughout the United States esp the southern states.They can also be found in south america, australia the philippines taiwan and china.Avoid stepping in a fire ant mound avoid brightly colored clothings, wear pants. ...Read more

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Fire ants allergies - I think this is a bad year- please advise?

Fire ants allergies - I think this is a bad year- please advise?

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. ...Read more

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I think I have cold allergy, if something cold touches my skin it starts to itch a lot..., and then it becomes swollen asif bitten by hundreds of ants?

I think I have cold allergy, if something cold touches my skin it starts to itch a lot..., and then it becomes swollen asif bitten by hundreds of ants?

Cold Urticaria: Cold urticaria is an allergy to cold temperatures. With cold urticaria, exposure to cold temperatures causes redness, itching, swelling and hives on the skin that has been in contact with the cold. As much as possible, people with cold urticaria should avoid exposure to cold air and cold water. For example, swimming in cold water is the most common cause of a severe reaction. ...Read more

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Can a child overgrow an allergy to an insect venom? If fire ant causes rashes, and swollen ear does it mean a child has severe allergy?

Can a child overgrow an allergy to an insect venom? If fire ant causes rashes, and swollen ear does it mean a child has severe allergy?

How old is ur child?: The reaction you described differs if before or after 5 years of age, please avoid exposure, keep an epinephrine pen and antihistaminic handy, check with an allergist/immunologist, might need desensitization according to clinical judgement after history and examination. Check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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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? 

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! ...Read more

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Dear doctor, i'm female 29 years old from uae and I have severe allergy from ant sting.Do you know if there is any treatment for the same. Thx ?

Dear doctor, i'm female 29 years old from uae and I have severe allergy from ant sting.Do you know if there is any treatment for the same. Thx ?

Allergic reaction: Please make sure that you have an emergency kit on hand at all times if you have had a severe reaction! the kit should include 2 epi pens, 50mg of Prednisone and an otc zyrtec (cetirizine). A trip to an allergist would be a good thought as well. ...Read more

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