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Why is calamine solution applied on the skin where an ant bites?

Why is calamine solution applied on the skin where an ant bites?

Neutralization: Calamine solution contains zinc carbonate (basic ph) and ant's sting contains formic acid. The reaction between the acid and the base neutralizes the effect of the sting. Taking an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin and applying a topical steroid cream also help. ...Read more

Ant Bite (Definition)

Skin lesions from ant bites usually have a red base with a blisters on ...Read more


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I am experiencing ant bite. The followingwhire head?

I am experiencing ant bite. The followingwhire head?

Using this site: To get the most from this site, you need to provide background information and ask a clear related question. As written, you have provided background, but the question is gibberish. Perhaps you posted it without proofreading. You need to start over. ...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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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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What does a brown recluse spider bite look like I have a bite on index finger and the skin is coming off. It burns and itches, has little ant bite type bumps

What does a brown recluse spider bite look like I have a bite on index finger and the skin is coming off. It burns and itches, has little ant bite type bumps

A: A brown recluse bite can have different appearances. There can be almost no signs of the bite or there can be a dark escar (scab) with surrounding white tissue (that is dead). In some cases the brown recluse's bite can be necrotoxic and cause very severe damage. It can large amounts of skin to die and can eat into the muscle as well. This type of reaction is usually associated with fever, muscle and joint pain and feeling very ill. I can not diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Brown recluses are actually very little and non-descript looking. If your skin is sloughing off your finger - do recommend that this be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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Should I pop an ant bite?

Should I pop an ant bite?

No: The pustule normally contains sterile material. Popping it will increase chances for infection. ...Read more

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Can you die from a ant bite?

Can you die from a ant bite?

Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is a very severe, often fatal allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can occur to virtually any allergen, but hypersensitivity to nuts and hymenoptera (bees, wasps) are the most notorious. Epi-pens contain epinephrine, a life saving medication to quickly reverse allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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What happens if I pop my ant bite?

Chance of infection: Do not scratch the ant bite. This will increase the chance of infection. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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What's good to treat ant bites on a diabetic?

What's good to treat ant bites on a diabetic?

Pretty much: The same itch relief meds as if you were non diabetic. With that said, always consult with your physician or pharmacist depending on the severity of your diabetes, controlled / uncontrolled, other medical conditions, other medications being taken etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the differences between ant bites and spider bites?

What are the differences between ant bites and spider bites?

They can vary.: Depending on the species, spider bites are quite variable in appearance. Ant bites are usually very itchy, red, swollen but can become infected especially if scratched repeatedly, but can look like spider bites as well. There is no easy answer to this. ...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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What is the treatment of an ant bite?

What is the treatment of an ant bite?

Ant bite: Hydrocortisone or triamcinalone cream locally and antihistamines such as Allegra or Claritin. ...Read more

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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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How long does chigger and ant bites itch lasts? :

How long does chigger and ant bites itch lasts? :

Chigger bites: Usually resolve in 1 to 2 weeks w/o treatment. Get medical eval for 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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Do you think I should pop this pus filled ant bite?

Do you think I should pop this pus filled ant bite?

No: The material is sterile inside. Breaking the skin will create a portal for germs to enter your body. ...Read more

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When an ant bites you why does it turn into a pimple?

When an ant bites you why does it turn into a pimple?

They: Don't always. It would depend on the insect bite and the way your body responds to it. If concerned please see your physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Which treatments are most highly recommended for ant bites?

Which treatments are most highly recommended for ant bites?

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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Should I still go to work if I have ant bite? Need treatment?

Should I still go to work if I have ant bite? Need treatment?

Ant bites- not bad: Ants are insects, and all insects may bite people and cause inflammation and itching, and sometimes pain. These are not dangerous and can be treated with benadyl pills and Hydrocortisone cream. You can stay home from work for many reasons, but this is not a good one and you will miss a day of work and a paycheck, for not a serious problem. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What's the best way to prevent itching on a mosquito or ant bite?

Topical steroid: 1% hydrocortisone cream applied locally can often relieve itching. No systemic drowsiness effects. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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