fire ant sting

fire ant sting

a potentially lethal venomous injection of piperidine alkaloids by a fire ant. The ant attaches itself to the skin with its mandibles and injects venom through a stinger in the posterior part of its abdomen. The ant injects repeatedly as it rotates its body around the attachment site. All victims experience a local wheal and flare reaction that lasts up to an hour, followed by formation of a sterile pustule. The pustule sloughs off after about 48 hours but is followed by itching that may last for days. Fire ant stings are a common cause of anaphylaxis in the southern United States.
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Recently, a neighbor of ours who had been treated for anaphylaxis to a fire ant sting was stung again while jogging in the neighborhood.
With the data of these reports, we undertook further analyses of allergic reactions caused by fire ant sting in mainland China.
Neurologic sequelae following the imported fire ant sting.
Immunotherapy for fire ant sting allergy, as for flying Hymenoptera allergy, is generally indicated for patients with a history of a systemic reaction to a fire ant sting and a positive skin test or in vitro assay for fire ant allergen.
Fox RW, Lockey RF, Bukantz SC: Neurologic sequelae following the imported fire ant sting.
Elderly and young children have the worse side effect to fire ant stings.
Surveys show about 2 percent of Americans are severely allergic to fire ant stings and require medical treatment.
When I hear that more than 25,000 people a year seek medical attention from fire ant stings, that a fire ant mound can be 15 to 24 inches in diameter, 10 to 18 inches high, and 1 to 3 feet deep with tunnels extending 5 feet or more down to the water table, it's time to bring Carl Spackler from "Caddyshack" on board to eliminate the nasty little insects.
A public education campaign also will be launched to alert residents of heath risks from fire ant stings as well as how to eliminate the pests from their property.
Several children were hospitalized after suffering severe reactions to fire ant stings.
As more than 10,000 people seek medical attention for fire ant stings annually, this product offers relief to families across the country.