Fire Ant Allergy


News and Articles

Recent News


Fire Ant Allergy

October 15, 2014



How serious are fire ant allergies?

Fire 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?

Allergic 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?

If 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?

Fire 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?

Make 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.


“Khare” is pronounced “KHA-ray”. To learn more about fire ant allergy and other health information, log on to Our topic next month will be “Autumn Pollen Allergies”, email questions about this or any other healthcare topic to


Print Story      Email Story





Contact Info


2687 Jenks Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405

850-747-3665 office




What Our Clients Say


Dr Khare is a wonderful, compassionate person who commits herself to excellence in healthcare. The staff at Asthma and Allergy Clinic are spectacular and always responsive to questions or concerns. I couldn't recommend a better doctor or office. ~ Christy and Jonathan Goodwin, Panama City





2687 Jenks Ave
Panama City, FL 32405

850-747-3665 office


Our Services:


Asthma & Other

Allergic Rhinitis

Skin Allergies




Allergy Testing


Sinus Infections


Patient Center:


Recent News & Articles

Patient Forms





Asthma & Allergy Clinic © | Login | Powered by