Almost nothing is more painful than being attacked by fire ants. If you accidentally step on a fire ant hill, then the ants will swarm all over your feet and legs. They not only bite, but they also inject venom when they bite you. This means the wound will go through several stages before it heals. Here’s how to handle a fire ant bite.
What You’ll Need:
Meat Tenderizer or Aspirin
1. Get the ants off
As soon as one fire ant bites you, other ants will start to bite you too. It seems that they get excited when one ant starts biting. They won’t stop biting either, even if they are out of venom. Get the ants off and immediately take an antihistamine like Benadryl.
2. Neutralize the Poison
As quickly as you possibly can, cover the bites with something that will neutralize the effects of the fire ant venom. Water won’t do it. You need to cover the sores with either aspirin or meat tenderizer mixed into a paste, or if you can stand it, alcohol.
3. Stop the Itching
Put an anti-itch cream on the bites. It’s very important that you don’t scratch at the bites. Fire ant bites are notorious for scarring, and you want to avoid that if possible.
4. Kill the Pain
If they are very painful, then soak them in salt water. Epsom salts will work wonderfully for this. Soak the bites for as long as you can stand to sit still, because the more the better. This will kill the pain for literally hours and it will never be as bad.
5. Avoid Infection
Fire ant bites often become open sores. Keep an eye on the sores and keep them clean. Use something like Neosporin to keep infection at bay; it will also help to kill any pain. Any kind of antibiotic ointment will work, but Neosporin will also help to prevent scarring.
These tips will help you deal with fire ant bites. Make sure you seek medical attention if you have a severe reaction to the bites, such as chest pains, nausea, swelling, sweating, or shortness of breath. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and fire ant bites can make people deathly ill who normally are not allergic to insect venom.