fire ant bites

Treat Fire Ant Bites Naturally

Fire ants are a menace spreading throughout the United States and many other countries. They are a potential killer as, not only do they cause a similar allergic reaction in those allergic to bees and wasps, but they swarm over a victim delivering thousands of stings and bites. When they attack, each ant will take a bite with their large mandibles, this leaves them free to swing their bodies and deliver venomous stings with their hind-ends. When dealing with fire ant stings don’t take any chances. If you feel any anaphylactic symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

 

Symptoms of an anaphylactic  response to a fire ant bite

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a fire ant and shows any of the following symptoms seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY:

  • General flushing
  • General hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Slurred speech
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Syncope
  • Difficulty breathing

 

General Symptoms of a Fire Ant Sting

  • Intense pain
  • Welts or hives
  • Small blisters within 24 hours
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Red halo around the sting

 

How do I prevent fire ant bites?

  • Avoid fire ant mounds.
  • Do not let children play near fire ant mounds.

 

How can I treat fire ant bites?

  • Get away from the fire ant mound as quickly as you can!
  • Remove the ants by raking them away. If they have clamped onto you with their mandibles this may require pulling them off one by one.
  • DO NOT strike the ants as this will simply make them angrier.
  • Ice the area immediately to help reduce inflammation.
  • Elevate the limbs that have been bitten.
  • Wash the area with soap and water to help prevent infection.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, then spread over the bites and stings to help alleviate pain.
  • Rub the stings with aloe vera gel to help reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Don’t scratch. The bites and stings will form blisters that should not be ruptured.
  • Use calamine lotion to control itching.
  • Vinegar can be used to wipe down the area as it may help to neutralize the venom and relieve pain.
  • Onion and garlic can be applied to a sting to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation as well as cutting the risk of infection.
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