How serious are fire ant allergies?
ant allergies are extremely serious. Though some allergic reactions may
be mild, some may advance to the point of becoming life threatening.
This life-threatening allergic reaction is called anaphylactic shock and
requires immediate medical attention
What kind of problems do fire ant allergies cause?
reactions to fire ants may be as mild as just some localized swelling.
More serious reactions include swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or
throat, wheezing or difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, nausea,
vomiting, lightheadedness, or anaphylactic shock.
What should I do if I’m stung?
The sting causes a sterile pustule. It’s important not to “bust” this pustule. The pustules will often rupture on their own after two to three days. At this point, it is important to keep the area clean in order to avoid infection. If you suspect that the site is developing an infection, see your doctor right away. After the pustule ruptures, you will often develop a small scar that will gradually heal and fade.
If you develop any degree of allergic reaction or if the site appears to be infected, seek medical attention. Moderate to severe allergic reactions require emergency treatment—call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
When should I see a specialist?
you have an allergic reaction, you should see a Board Certified
Allergist/Immunologist. A specialist can also offer specific advice on
how to avoid, treat or prevent fire ant stings.
She will be able to help you assess your risk of adverse outcomes and may also be able to offer you immunotherapy for fire ant.
What is Fire Ant Immunotherapy?
ant immunotherapy involves injections of gradually increasing doses of
fire ant extract. This treatment can often result in a long-lasting
decrease or elimination of your sensitivity to fire ant.
How can I prevent fire ant sting?
sure you wear closed toed shoes when you are outdoors. Survey the area
you are in for any nests. Engage a pest control service to eliminate any
nests within your own yard. Fire ants build their nests on the ground,
usually where it is somewhat moist. In open fields, these nests appear
as large mounds. Nests may also be found hidden under other items such
as tree stumps, rocks or other objects.
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