The venom from a fire ant bite can cause redness, itching or swelling and burning pain. Blisters, hives are also possible symptoms of a fire ant sting. Discomfort as it is, for most of the fire ant stings are easy to treat. However, if you are experiencing allergic reactions like shortness of breath or tightness in your throat after a fire ant sting, call for emergency assistance immediately. This article will tell you how to deal with a common fire ant sting.
Home Remedies for Ant Sting
1. Remove the fire ant away from your skin. Usually stings occur when people offended the fire ants by accidently destroy a fire ant mound. If you get stung, remove the ants and leave the area immediately.
2. When you are heading to your house try to elevate the sting site to minimize the swelling.
3. Wash the sting area with soap. Washing and removing dirt from the stung area will avoid further infection.
4. Applying a cold compress will immediately ease the inflammation and itchiness.
5. Aloe is effective in relieving the itching and pain. Applying vinegar or a baking soda paste is also highly recommended as natural remedies to soothe the redness and pain of fire ant stings.
6. Over-the-counter medications, such as an antihistamine or a hydrocortisone cream can help to ease the pain and itchiness.
7. Use rubbing alcohol and meat tenderizer. Rinse the area with rubbing alcohol immediately after you got stung, and then sprinkle the area with meat tenderizer. This one will prevent the expansion of swelling.
8. Don’t scratch the affected area. The venom of fire ant will kill the healthy cells on the stung area, and as a response, small blisters formed to protect our body. If you can’t hold the urge to scratch, it is easy to break the blisters, which make it prone to infection.