fire ant bite

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fire ant bite

Injury caused by he venom of the fire ant, resulting in local redness and tenderness, and occasional episodes of life-threatening anaphylaxis.


The area, which may contain multiple bites, should be washed with soap and water. Epinephrine, 0.3 to 0.5 ml of a 1:1000 aqueous solution, should be given subcutaneously every 20 to 30 min in cases complicated by anaphylaxis. Use of a tourniquet slows absorption of the venom. Application of ice packs to the area relieves pain. Oxygen, endotracheal intubation, and vasopressors, as well as corticosteroids and antibiotics, may be required.

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For humans, the consequences of fire ant bites range from an annoying burning sensation to anaphylaxis and death.
Most are generally harmless, but fire ant bites can be similar to bee stings for some people and cause allergic reactions that quickly can become serious.