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How can I reduce swelling and pain caused by an allergic reaction to fire ant stins?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Antihistamine/steroi

The best is probably steroids--such as prednisone, but this needs a script from your doc.
You can try otc zyrtec/benadryl etc...Motrin/aleve may help. Topical calamide lotion and hydrocrtisone may help a bit as well. If severe, consult doc. Good luck.

In brief: Antihistamine/steroi

The best is probably steroids--such as prednisone, but this needs a script from your doc.
You can try otc zyrtec/benadryl etc...Motrin/aleve may help. Topical calamide lotion and hydrocrtisone may help a bit as well. If severe, consult doc. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Is it an allergic

Reaction? About 15% of people who have been stung are allergic.
When the fire ant stings it injects solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. This causes a welt which can become enlarged & this is usually followed by a sterile pustule. If you have an allergic rxn - concur w previous recommendation for steroids. If you are experiencing pain & itching from stings consider these things. Apply a 1 to 1 mix.

In brief: Is it an allergic

Reaction? About 15% of people who have been stung are allergic.
When the fire ant stings it injects solenopsin - an alkaloid venom. This causes a welt which can become enlarged & this is usually followed by a sterile pustule. If you have an allergic rxn - concur w previous recommendation for steroids. If you are experiencing pain & itching from stings consider these things. Apply a 1 to 1 mix.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
of baking soda & water to decrease pain & reaction. Or try paste of water & meat tenderizer, benadryl for itching or tylenol or NSAID's for pain. Call 911 for a serious allergic reaction.
Dr. John Chiu
You may end up with an anaphylactic reaction if you get periodic stings. In that case, you should consider an allergist ASAP.
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