Bitten by Fire Ants Home Care
Home care for ant bites includes:
- Apply a cold compress:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 4 hours, for the first few days.
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream for itching.
- Do not open fire ant blisters.
- Elevate the area above your heart if swelling is present.
- Clean the ant bites:
- Use mild soap
- Clean 3 times a day
- Take oral antihistamines for itching:
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Bitten by Fire Ants Itching
Home treatment for itching in someone who has ant bites includes:
- Wash the skin with mild soap and water.
- Massage the itchy area with an ice cube or cold compress.
- Take a cool bath or shower. Consider oatmeal (Aveeno) baths.
Medications for itching include:
- An oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- For children 1 to 6 years old: 6.25-12.5 mg of diphenhydramine every 4-6 hours
- For children 6-12 years old: 12.5-25 mg of diphenhydramine every 4-6 hours
- Adults may take 25 to 50 mg of diphenhydramine every 4-6 hours
- A steroid cream or ointment, such as a 0.5 to 1% hydrocortisone:
- Anti-itching cream, such as:
- Benadryl cream
- Take prescription antihistamines or steroids as directed.
Bitten by Fire Ants Warning Signs
Seek immediate medical care for ant bites and any of the following:
- Difficulty breathing
- Fire ant bites in anyone who has had severe allergic reactions to ant, bee or wasp stings in the past.
- More than 100 fire ant bites in an adult
- More than 20 fire ant bites in a small child
- Mouth or tongue swelling
Notify your doctor for:
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