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How long do fire ant bite blisters take to dry up/pop on their own? I'm going on five days now with the blisters still there.

How long do fire ant bite blisters take to dry up/pop on their own? I'm going on five days now with the blisters still there.

A couple of weeks: It may take a couple of weeks for fire ant bites to heal depending on your immune system. Sometimes there can be scarring. Keep the area clean so you don't get an infection. They to avoid them in the future. ...Read more

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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more


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A fire ant bite blister ruptured from my jeans. Since then, my entire calve has swelled to softball size. Just over 24 hours since the rupture. Normal?

A fire ant bite blister ruptured from my jeans. Since then, my entire calve has swelled to softball size. Just over 24 hours since the rupture. Normal?

Agree- Emergency: This is one of those rare questions on this network that truly means trouble if you don't act immediately. Sitting at home for the purpose of even reading this answer or any other will just place you at greater risk for complications of supreme proportions. Up and out to your local emergency room or urgent care clinic post haste! Make sure you tell someone if you are penicillin allergic. ...Read more

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Should you pop a blister from a fire ant bite?

Should you pop a blister from a fire ant bite?

No: The blister contains sterile material which will absorb back into your body. Breaking open the skin will increase your chances of developing an infection. ...Read more

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How to treat a fire ant bite that turned into a blister?

How to treat a fire ant bite that turned into a blister?

Fire ant bites: Fire Ant Bites- Use ice to v itching & pain. Aloe Vera can be applied straight from the plant. Tea tree oil can help healing. Don’t open a blister. ...Read more

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I got several fire ant bites and a day later 3 of the bites developed painful, marble-sized blisters on my foot. Is this normal? Should I drain them?

I got several fire ant bites and a day later 3 of the bites developed painful, marble-sized blisters on my foot. Is this normal? Should I drain them?

The material in: The blister is not infectious in nature. You can apply a poultice made of 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Do not break the blister open. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I just got bitten by a tiny black bug with wings. About the size of an exclamation mark. Should I be worried? What is it? Hurt like a fire ant bite.

I just got bitten by a tiny black bug with wings. About the size of an exclamation mark. Should I be worried? What is it? Hurt like a fire ant bite.

The following are: ...reasons for concern: 1. If you get a rash over other parts of your body. 2. If you get swelling of your face, lips or throat. 3. If you have trouble breathing. 4. If the bite area turns into an open wound or increases significantly in size. Meanwhile, apply ice to the area for 15 minutes every 2 hours as needed, Take OTC pain meds as needed & an OTC antihistamine if it itches. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I popped a fire ant bite what will it do now?

Probably: Would recommend applying some neosporin / polymixin topical ointment. If it is a problem see your physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Bubble under hole on penis head? No pain or irritation not that big but curious to know what it is its like a fire ant bite but no pain is noticeable

Bubble under hole on penis head? No pain or irritation not that big but curious to know what it is its like a fire ant bite but no pain is noticeable

Epidermoid Cyst: Epidermoid cysts are the most common type of skin cyst. They can occur anywhere on the body but tend to occur more on the face or upper trunk. The only treatment is surgical excision. Since I cannot see the lesion, see your dermatologist for a disgnosis. ...Read more

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Should I pop blisters from an ant bite?

No: They normally contain sterile material. Breaking open a lesion - puts you at higher risk of infection. ...Read more

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Should I pop the blister from a red ant bite?

Should I pop the blister from a red ant bite?

Only if it is tense: Usually we don't recommend popping blisters, as the intact skin prevents infection. The fluid will generally resolve on its own. If the blister is tense and painful though, it can be helpful to drain the fluid. I would try to keep the skin intact as much as possible. And cover the wound with a bandage. ...Read more

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When an ant bite blisters do you pop it?

Never pop it: If you pop it you risk infection. Don't pop the ant bite, let it heal or see md if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to pop ant bite blisters or not?

Are you supposed to pop ant bite blisters or not?

No: Do not pop the blisters as it increases the risk of infection and scarring. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the blister to heal from ant bite?

How long does it take for the blister to heal from ant bite?

Ant bites: Bites from ants, especially fire ants, can last 1-2 weeks. Do not scratch them or they can get infected. Use cortisone or benedryl cream for the itch. See a doctor if there is sign on infection. ...Read more

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I have a giant painful blister from a ant bite. What should I do?

I have a giant painful blister from a ant bite. What should I do?

Observation: Ant bites will typically resolve without treatment, but if there is increasing blister size, or redness/pain/warmth at the site a medical visit would be prudent idea ...Read more

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How does a red ant bite blister burst if you don't pop it?

How does a red ant bite blister burst if you don't pop it?

No need to burst: It gradually dries up and goes away. Popping it puts you at increased risk for infection. ...Read more

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I have tiny ant bite looking blisters on 3 of my fingers on each hand, what could they be?

I have tiny ant bite looking blisters on 3 of my fingers on each hand, what could they be?

Dyshidrotic eczema: If they are recurrent, itchy, and along the sides of the fingers dyshidrotic eczema may be a possibility. A strong prescription topical steroid would clear them up quickly. Really good thick moisturizer will help also, like petroleum jelly at bedtime. ...Read more

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I have blisters on my leg from a mosquito bite or ant bite they keep filling up with some kind of liquid what could it be?

I have blisters on my leg from a mosquito bite or ant bite they keep filling up with some kind of liquid what could it be?

Exudate vs. Pus: The clear fluid is likely exudate, a response of your body to the injury. Cool compresses with aloe vera gel may help. Liquid which is opaque or colored could indicate an infection, which should likely be treated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Skin bumps with an ant-bite like inflammation with itching and end up in red tiny blisters after sometime with reduced itching. Started from my leg.

Skin bumps with an ant-bite like inflammation with itching and end up in red tiny blisters after sometime with reduced itching. Started from my leg.

This sounds like a skin condition related to dry skin.: Look up" hyperkeratosis pilaris" in Google and then switch to the images and see if the picture looks like you're rash. If it appears to be a match then you need to do quick bathing so as not to dry out the skin and use a lot of lotion. ...Read more

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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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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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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. ...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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How to get rid of fire ant bites?

How to get rid of fire ant bites?

Tough to treat: Antihistamines such as claritin, (loratadine) Alegra or Zyrtec can be helpful. Topical cream such as hydrocortisone can be helpful. Ice to the area 20 to 30 minutes each hour can also be helpful. Most symptoms will resolve within a week to 10 days. If not, see your doctor for evaluation. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long does it take fire ant bites to heal?

How long does it take fire ant bites to heal?

3-5 days: Three to five days to heal, but beware of significant allergy to fire ant bites, as severe as with bee stings! Consider seeing an allergist, if your internist is not able to help you as these bites can be life threatening. ...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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