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Fire Ant Bites Overview

Another name for Fire Ant Bites is Ant Bites.

What are ant bites?
A person with an ant bite has injury to the skin from the bite of an ant. Most ant bites are harmless. Some people may be allergic to the venom contained in fire ant bites.

What are the symptoms of ant bites?
Symptoms of an ant bite usually results in skin swelling, redness and itching. Other symptoms consistent with an allergic reaction may also be present.

How does the doctor treat ant bites?
Treatment for an ant bite includes skin cleansing, cold compresses, oral antihistamines, and corticosteroid creams or ointments.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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