Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ant Bites Treatment

Treatment for an ant bite includes gentle skin cleansing. Cold compresses, oral antihistamines, and corticosteroid creams or ointments may be used to relieve itching and reduce inflammation. Ant bites usually heal within 5 to 7 days. Rarely, a person who receives many ant bites at one time may experience a severe allergic reaction, which may require emergency treatment for anaphylaxis.

Treatment for ant bites may include:


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Ant Bites Severe Allergy

Treatment for allergic reactions due to ant bites may include:

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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