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Old 04-11-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default How do you make a fire ant bite stop hurting?

I've tried cold water, ice, benadryl creme, alcohol, and baking soda.... all the little remedies we found online. But it's been over 2 hours since I got bitten, and this **** still hurts! Anybody know a better way to make it stop hurting?

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Old 04-11-2009, 11:40 AM   #2
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:41 AM   #3
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:46 AM   #5
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:49 AM   #6
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:58 AM   #8
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Why is the Sting worse than the bite?
The fire ant bites the flesh to grab hold, and this is done so quickly and sharply that there is little pain. What inflicts the burn (hence the name fire ant) is the venom injected by a stinger. The venom is water-insoluble and nonproteinaceous and contains hemolytic factors that cause the release of histamine and other vasoactive amines. These produce itching and redness immediately and a bacterial uninfected pustule at the sting site after several hours. The venom also contains several allergenic proteins that can cause anaphylaxis in patients who are allergic to the proteins. Antigenic similarity exists between these proteins and bee and wasp venoms.

First aid for the stings includes
1. Move rapidly away from the nest
2. Quickly remove or kill ants on skin and clothing – to prevent further stings
3. Wash the area gently with soap and water to rid the skin of any venom on it
4. Disinfect bite with alcohol
5. Place cool cloth or ice cloth on sites for 15 minutes
6. Try dabbing the site with one of the following: diluted (1:1) bleach solution, Kleen ‘Em Away Naturally, calamine Lotion, Enzyme cleaner or meat tenderizer
7. Consider a spraying topical (cortisone) or systemic (oral) antihistamine (e.g. benadryl)
8. Do not scratch the pustule because this can lead to infection

The natural course is for the site to burn for several hours, then over 24 hours a pustule develops with itching, and over several days if not scratched the lesion will slowly disappear. Scratching can introduce infection and should be cleaned with alcohol. Rarely (0.5%) of patients will have an allergic response immediately or over the first few hours. The symptoms of this are difficulty breathing, light headedness and weakness. If allergic reaction occurs immediate medical attention by call 911 is indicated.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:08 PM   #9
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:12 PM   #10
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I have always used straight ammonia on stings. Works like a charm on bee, wasp and hornet stings. Give it a try. Just dab a bit onto a cotton ball and apply to affected area.
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Get a scorpion bite on other hand to didstract you from that pain.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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i always take a fingernail and create an x-shaped pair of indentions on it. think x-marks-the-spot.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:51 PM   #15
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The natural course is for the site to burn for several hours, then over 24 hours a pustule develops with itching, and over several days if not scratched the lesion will slowly disappear. Scratching can introduce infection and should be cleaned with alcohol. Rarely (0.5%) of patients will have an allergic response immediately or over the first few hours. The symptoms of this are difficulty breathing, light headedness and weakness. If allergic reaction occurs immediate medical attention by call 911 is indicated.
It has now moved to itching. The burn finally went away a bit ago, thankfully... but now the itch is annoying too

Bleh... ****ing ants... time to go crazy with the ant-killer pellets!
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:54 PM   #16
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:39 PM   #17
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Slay the offender and spread its remains on the site to cure the burn.


Or that's what I do.
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Jesus, didn't realize that those stings were that bad.
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I once got a fire ant bite/sting on my sac. I was a little kid playing on the playground and didn't realize that there were any around. It hurt for quite a while.
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I once got a fire ant bite/sting on my sac. I was a little kid playing on the playground and didn't realize that there were any around. It hurt for quite a while.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:03 PM   #21
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Jesus, didn't realize that those stings were that bad.
I didn't even feel it when it happened. I was trying to put in a fertilizer stake at our poor little Japanese Maple tree which has a rubber "mulch mat" around it. I didn't have on gloves, stupidly, and I lifted it up to put the stake in under it.

As I was walking away, I got about 10 steps away, and there was this pain like someone put a cigarette out on my hand. I looked down real quick, and there was no ant there or on the sidewalk under me. I went in the house and ran it under cold water while my wife was looking for the Benadryl creme... and that helped a bit... but DAMN!

CN: Yes that **** hurts!
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:05 PM   #22
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tobacco works well with bee/wasp stings, give it a try. It is odd that the pain has lasted for 2 hours, it should be gone within 5 minutes. Maybe you have some allergy or are more sensitive to the venom?
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Just make sure your leg doesn't end up like these poor suckers

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Just make sure your leg doesn't end up like these poor suckers

Dear sir,

Thanks for prepping me for when I do my clinicals in the code room.

Sincerely,

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