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I got bit by a black ant and my foot was covered within minutes with these patchy red lumps. Should I be tested for allergies, if it happens again?

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In brief: Get checked ASAP

I would get tested right away and not wait for another occourance.

In brief: Get checked ASAP

I would get tested right away and not wait for another occourance.
Dr. Vincent Travisano
Dr. Vincent Travisano
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Again?

I hope you are getting the current problem treated.
An antihistamine would be a good idea as would ice.

In brief: Again?

I hope you are getting the current problem treated.
An antihistamine would be a good idea as would ice.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If you were bit by one ant that is a pretty big reaction.
I would get tested before you are bit again to make sure you do not have a more severe reaction the next time or at least be prepared in case you do.

In brief: Yes

If you were bit by one ant that is a pretty big reaction.
I would get tested before you are bit again to make sure you do not have a more severe reaction the next time or at least be prepared in case you do.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Fire ant allergy

Louisiana is prime territory for fire ants.
These nasty critters latch on with their jaws then pivot around leaving a circle of stings. Painful & you can develop life-threatening anaphylaxis to the venom. I recommend that you see a board-certified allergist for evaluation. Venom immunotherapy can be life-saving. An Epipen (epinephrine) may also save your life until you get the shots. Not a podiatry problem.

In brief: Fire ant allergy

Louisiana is prime territory for fire ants.
These nasty critters latch on with their jaws then pivot around leaving a circle of stings. Painful & you can develop life-threatening anaphylaxis to the venom. I recommend that you see a board-certified allergist for evaluation. Venom immunotherapy can be life-saving. An Epipen (epinephrine) may also save your life until you get the shots. Not a podiatry problem.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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