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Reaction To Fire Ant Bites
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Seeing your physician is the safest approach. ...Read more
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.
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
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
Home remedies: I agree w dr. Pappas who provided homeopathic info. I will touch on home remedies. Apply 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water to decrease pain & reaction. Or try paste of water & meat tenderizer applied directly to the lesions. You can use Benadryl for itching or tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's for pain. Call 911or go to the nearest emergency room for difficulty breathing or swelling as discussed by dr. Pappas. ...Read more
Had fire ant bites on foot and major swelling next day chair falls on my same foot. Put icepack on foot but now have dark spot that won't go away?
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
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
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
5yr old girl has rash, looks like fire ant bites. If fluid gets on skin from one another one appears. It is on lower abdomen and inner thigh.?
Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes raised, pearl-like papules or nodules on the skin.The virus can spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as towels, clothing, or toys.Cantharidin, commonly called "beetle juice, " is the most common solution used to treat the lesions. Tretinoin cream or Imiquimod cream may also be prescribed. ...Read more
I have leg weakness after fire ant bites. Difficulty walking and fatigue. Episodes of nausea/vomiting, 19 yo female. Tremors when moving legs?
Vomiting fatigue: This is serious. All your symptoms together might be a sign of a serious situation with infection and probably some electrolytes disturbances or calium deficiency. But because of the coexistence of the symptoms, I suggest you be seen by a physician in office or in the emergency room. ...Read more
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
If u have a 20 CM large local reaction to mosquito or ant bite,do u need a cortisone injection?what is the danger in not taking the injection?
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.
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.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/insect-stings ...Read more
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