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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tropical Fire Ant Allergy (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
5 Doctors shared insights

Tropical Fire Ant Allergy (Overview)

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.


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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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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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What is the definition or description of: Ant allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Ant allergy?

Ant allergy: Ant allergy - allergic reaction to ant sting/ bite. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue. ...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?  

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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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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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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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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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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What would doctors do to take care of a swell from a fire ant?

What would doctors do to take care of a swell from a fire ant?

Fire ant bite.: Fire ants don't actually bite. They grip your skin with pinchers while stinging from their abdomen. Their sting injects solenopsin which is an alkaloid venom. A fire ant is the gift that keeps on giving – as 1 ant can repeatedly sting you in different locations. Apply a 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water to decrease both pain & reaction. A paste made of water & meat tenderizer can be effective. ...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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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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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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Do fire ant stings always scar?

Do fire ant stings always scar?

No: Having lived in an area with lots of fire ants - I glad to say that they often don't leave scars. ...Read more

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Should you drain fire ant blisters?

Should you drain fire ant blisters?

No: Be sure stinger is removed if present but leave blister alone to decrease infection risk it will gradually dry up and dissappear. ...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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Can you take amoxicillin for fire ant infection?

Can you take amoxicillin for fire ant infection?

No: 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. Don't 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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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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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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For fire ant bites or wasp stings, what helps give relief. Thoughts on homeopathic apis?

For fire ant bites or wasp stings, what helps give relief. Thoughts on homeopathic apis?

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

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My son stummbled into a fire ant nest the other day and his toes are are swollen and red. Its been a week and he still acts uncomfortable.?

My son stummbled into a fire ant nest the other day and his toes are are swollen and red. Its been a week and he still acts uncomfortable.?

Ouch!: I sympathize deeply with your son - fire ants are diabolical critters, and their bites burn like fire, as their name suggests. It does not surprise me at all that he is still uncomfortable after a week; it may be another week or two before it's all over. Feet heal particularly slowly because he is walking on them. A washcloth soaked in cool water and applied 2-3 times a day will help somewhat. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Likely just a bruise: From chair. Continue icing, topical steroids and antihistamine. If worsens instead of improves, make appointment with doctor, and watch out for those chairs ...Read more

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Hand swollen and red after fire ant bites...Itchy...Am I allergic?

Hand swollen and red after fire ant bites...Itchy...Am I allergic?

Possible: Hard to tell as the fire ant bite is often red swollen and itchy just like really allergy. The protein component of the venom is indeed allergenic so subsequent stings may lead to progressively more severe reactions. If this happens see your doc. ...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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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

Dr. John Chiu
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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


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Ant Allergy (Definition)

Ant allergy - allergic reaction to ant sting/ bite. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, ...Read more