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Child with fire-ant bites. What's the best treatment?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Pediatrics
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In brief: Fire ant bites

Oral antihistamine such as Diphenhydramine (benadryl) for relief of itching and prevention of secondary infection secondary to deep scratching by child.
The "white heads" on the ant bites are not a sign of infection but rather a sterile material caused by formic acid injected during the bite. Topical mupurocin (bactroban) at first signs of true secondary infection is helpful.

In brief: Fire ant bites

Oral antihistamine such as Diphenhydramine (benadryl) for relief of itching and prevention of secondary infection secondary to deep scratching by child.
The "white heads" on the ant bites are not a sign of infection but rather a sterile material caused by formic acid injected during the bite. Topical mupurocin (bactroban) at first signs of true secondary infection is helpful.
Dr. Patrick Hieber
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