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Fire ant stings should you pop?

Fire ant stings should you pop?

No: The blister is filled with sterile material. Popping it will create a portal for infection. ...Read more

Dr. David Frankfurter
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Do you pop the blister from fire ants?

Do you pop the blister from fire ants?

Fire Ant Blisters: You need to get professional advice from a doctor on how to pop ant bite blister. This is the only way that you can be sure to do it in the right manner. Most doctors would not recommend popping of this blister since it eventually resolves on its own. However, if you have to pop the blister, you should do it in such a manner that the skin stays intact. This will prevent the 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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Toddler bitten by fire ants, should I pop the blisters?

No: Fire ants actually inject hydrochloric acid in their bite which will steralize the wound to some degree.If you pop them, you will increase access of skin germs to the wound area.Just keep the rea clean and monitor it for drainage or increasing redness and swelling.It should self heal over a week or more. ...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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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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I have brown recluse bite or fire ant, what to do?

I have brown recluse bite or fire ant, what to do?

If you have a brown: Recluse spider bite- a blister develops with swelling. It then enlarges, hardens ; becomes red. This develops into an ulcer. Other symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, joint pain, fevers, chills and possibly a rash over the body with small red to purple dots. A brown recluse spider bite with significant reaction - should be evaluated at an emergency room. Wash fire ant bite, keep clean ; dry. ...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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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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Allergy to eggs, poultry should I get a flu shot ? I have ckdstage4.

Allergy to eggs, poultry should I get a flu shot ? I have ckdstage4.

You can get Flu shot: If you are allergic to eggs you can still get flu shot.There is a flu vaccine that does not contain egg proteinapproved for use in adults over the age of 18 and older. But even the flu vaccine containinf egg protein can be given safely to people with egg allergy. Talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a gluten allergy & if I eat pasta I'll break out in hives. I have to keep Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & an epi pen w/ me. I'm pregnant & craving raviolis...help!

I have a gluten allergy & if I eat pasta I'll break out in hives. I have to keep Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & an epi pen w/ me. I'm pregnant & craving raviolis...help!

Gluten free pasta: Try gluten free pasta! There are lots of alternatives now that use rice/quinoa flours. The only problem is that they're a little more expensive, but hey, pregnancy is an expensive, constraining condition. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Hi, I have gout and need feedback on whether the following food items can flare up gout:? Nuts, white eggs, pomegranate, spinach, wheat bread, honey.

Hi, I have gout and need feedback on whether the following food items can flare up gout:? Nuts, white eggs, pomegranate, spinach, wheat bread, honey.

Gout and food: None of those foods will flare up gout; excellent choices; avoid organ meats, fatty meats, alcohol; drink 3 liters per day; incline diet toward alkaline foods; tart cherry juice helps; good for you for thinking this way..... ...Read more

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I ate spinach ricotta tortelloni (pre prepared) but some bits i cooked weren't cooked on the outsides. Will this lead to food poisoning/ oth problems?

I ate spinach ricotta tortelloni (pre prepared) but some bits i cooked weren't cooked on the outsides. Will this lead to food poisoning/ oth problems?

Not really.: Pre-prepared foods are usually packed in such a way that they do not get contaminated. Even if you did not cook your tortellini property there almost no chance of food poisoning or even upset stomach. ...Read more

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Can i die from getting bitten by fire ants even if i'm not allergic?

Unlikely: Although there are a wide variety of symptoms which have been reported from people who have experienced exposure to fire ant sting(s). ...Read more

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