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Dr. Denny Cho Dr. Cho
Dentistry
14 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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What to put on ant bite on a toddler if it starts to turn into scabs

What to put on ant bite on a toddler if it starts to turn into scabs

An antibiotic...: Like neosporin may help lubricate the scars and prevent any infection. It may also help heal the area a little quicker according to the manufacturer.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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My toddler has 3 fire ant bites on his foot. 2 are swollen. Is this normal?

My toddler has 3 fire ant bites on his foot. 2 are swollen. Is this normal?

Probably: Fire ants sting & inject solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. This causes a welt which can become fairly swollen. Within hours to a day a sterile pustule usually forms. If the whole foot is swollen this could represent an allergic reaction. What you are describing may be a fairly normal fire ant sting reaction. When in doubt see a physician for evaluation.

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Dr. Bobbi Sipes Dr. Sipes
Emergency Medicine
32 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Toddler got what we think were ant bites, next day they formed blisters that turned into oozing, open sores, and her entire calf is swollen and tight?

Toddler got what we think were ant bites, next day they formed blisters that turned into oozing, open sores, and her entire calf is swollen and tight?

See a doctor: If the calf is tight and painful when the child moves her ankle or toes, go to the emergency room. If it is associated with a fever, redness, pain, pale color to the toes or foot, or lethargy then go to the emergency room.

David Escobar Dr. Escobar
Family Medicine
5 years in practice
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
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What should I put on my toddlers spider/ant bites?

What should I put on my toddlers spider/ant bites?

Calamine Lotion: Calamine lotion should work well to relieve itching and soreness until the bites heal.

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Dr. Barry Bergman Dr. Bergman
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are good fire ant bite treatments for toddlers?

What are good fire ant bite treatments for toddlers?

Just keep clean: Fire ants inject carbolic acid in their bites, which produces a sterile pustule that will self heal unless the kid contaminates the wound by scratching. Decontaminating the surrounding skin reduces the local germ population and reduces the chances of a secondary infection.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Child with fire-ant bites. What's the best treatment?

Child with fire-ant bites. What's the best treatment?

Fire Ants don't: Actually bite. Pinchers grip skin while stinging injects solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. 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.

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Should I pop ant bites?

Should I pop ant bites?

Insect Bites: Do not pop your insect bite as you risk having an infection. The best treatment for insect bites is topical prescription cortisone or an over the counter medication called Sting Ease.

Dr. Joshua Batt Dr. Batt
Emergency Medicine
5 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What makes ant bites itch?

What makes ant bites itch?

Histamine: Ants release a chemical called formic acid when they bite. As this is an irritant, our bodies release histamine at the site of the bite which causes itchiness.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What soothes green ant bites?

What soothes green ant bites?

Worth a try >: Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 2 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions.

Dr. Marshall Dicker Dr. Dicker
Dentistry
42 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
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What causes ant bites to itch?

What causes ant bites to itch?

Ant bite: When an ant bites there is a good chance formic acid will be introduced into the wound. Most likely the formic acid, which is an irritant is causing the itching if it does not go away quickly......See a dermatologist asap.

Dr. Joseph Gutman Dr. Gutman
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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Should I put Vicks on my ant bites?

Should I put Vicks on my ant bites?

Actually: Many say that it will not hurt and can help with the itching and pain... For sure you will not hurt yourself.

Dr. BEHRAM DALAL Dr. DALAL
Dentistry
27 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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How can I drain ant bites?

How can I drain ant bites?

I wouldn't try: To drain them. You will only set yourself up for infections and possible scarring.. Instead go to the drug store and look on the itch relief section. There are some effective alternatives there. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) line and the Hydrocortisone line (sprays, creams etc) are quite helpful. Hope this helps.

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Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Is it safe to pop ant bites?

Is it safe to pop ant bites?

No. U break the: Natural barrier, the skin, to infection. Bad idea.

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko Dr. Eleczko
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Stephen Calendine Dr. Calendine
Dentistry
30 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Do red ant bites swell and pop open?

Do red ant bites swell and pop open?

Possibly...: Some people are more sensitive to the bites/ stings of insects than others. Your body reacts to venom or insect saliva by walling it off. I.E. Making pustules etc...

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What is the best thing for fire ant bites?

What is the best thing for fire ant bites?

See Dr if many bites: For fire ant bites beyond age 2yr, oral antihistamines like Claritin or zyrtec can help block itching and swelling. Motrin, advil, or tylenol (acetaminophen) can help decrease pain and inflammation. Putting an otc cream or gel with a skin anesthetic (such as itch-x) gel can help numb the bite. Putting otc Hydrocortisone cream on the bite twice a day for a few days, up to a week, can cut down itching/inflammation.

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Dr. Jeffrey Krantz Dr. Krantz
Dentistry
5 years in practice
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Why does itching an ant bite feel so good?

Why does itching an ant bite feel so good?

Stimulant: Everytime you scratch any itch, you are either a-removing the irritant b- stimulating the blood flow to the area which moves the histamine which is causing the itch.

Dr. Kathryn Akin Dr. Akin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
33 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I have a lot of fire ant bites please help?

I have a lot of fire ant bites please help?

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.

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