Ant Bite Treatments

Ant bite treatments are available in various types although they may not be usually necessary since ant bites can heal in time. Treatment is applied to alleviate pain and itching that follows right after a bite. Removing extremely painful bite is necessary if the bite was made by a fire ant. A bitten person may … Read more

Ant bite treatments are available in various types although they may not be usually necessary since ant bites can heal in time.

Treatment is applied to alleviate pain and itching that follows right after a bite. Removing extremely painful bite is necessary if the bite was made by a fire ant. A bitten person may scratch the itchy bite and create a bigger wound susceptible to infection.

Remember the following simple tips to treat ant bites.

Wash bitten area with soap and warm water

Start by washing the bitten skin area with soap and warm water. Sterilize bite area hydrogen peroxide, Betadine or alcohol. They can prevent infection while flushing out the venom from the ant bite. Regular washing with soap and water for the next few days is necessary to keep the bite area clean.

Take antihistamine

Redness and swelling from ant bite can be reduced by taking antihistamine like Benadryl. It can also reduce itching during the healing time.

Reduce swelling and skin irritation

An ant bite treatment for an extremely painful bite is baking soda. A paste-like form of baking soda and water can be placed on the bite to eliminate skin irritation.

Toothpaste or aloe vera can also be used to reduce swelling and pain.

Cortisone cream can also be applied to an itchy bite.

Numbness as well as swelling can be reduced by icing the bite, lessening the pain in the bite area as well.

Not all treatments should be used at the same time. If you think one treatment handles the ant bite very well, then stick to that cure.

Watch out for allergic reactions

Any signs of allergic reaction borne out of the use of either treatment or from the ant bite would need hospital care.

Symptoms like shortness of breath, pale skin, confusion, fast heart rate, sweating, huge skin rashes which develop around the bite as well as unconsciousness are enough to rush the patient to the hospital.

Hospital personnel will ask for pertinent information such as the precise place and time when bite occur. If you can show an example  of the ant itself, that can also be a big help.


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