How Serious is an Ant Bite?

Posted on 2019-09-11

Most ant bites are relatively harmless. They’re annoying and possibly slightly itchy, but you’re not in any real danger. However, you should still call an exterminator as soon as possible to get rid of them.

Of all the ants you will find in Ontario, the fire ant’s bite is the most noticeable. It may sting a bit, and even lead to slight discoloration, swelling or tiny blister-like impressions on the skin.

This can be amplified if these bites are clustered together. However, there is no dangerous venom to worry about.

Treating Fire Ant Bites

Some people will react more than others to fire ant bites.

If someone is experiencing serious swelling or discomfort, you will want to ice the area for about 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.

You can also take an over-the-counter antihistamine or a hydrocortisone cream to relieve the itching. If you’re having a bigger reaction, a doctor can prescribe antihistamines or steroids to treat the discomfort and swelling.

Allergic Reactions From Fire Ant Bites

Things are obviously considerably more serious if you are allergic to fire ant bites.

The unfortunate part is you have almost no way to know if you have the allergy until you’ve been bit and you’re seeing your reaction is severe.

You may experience:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Tightness in your chest

  • Swelling of your tongue or throat

  • Dizziness

  • Hives

  • Cramping, nausea or diarrhea

If you experience any of these symptoms, this is not normal and you need to call 911 immediately.

If you have an epinephrine shot for any other allergies, use it right away. Repeat the shot after 5 to 15 minutes if your symptoms haven't subsided.

Even if your condition improves after the shot, you’re not out of the woods yet, no pun intended. You still need to seek medical treatment as soon as you can, even if you’re feeling better.

If you have a known allergy to fire ant bites, we probably don’t have to tell you to avoid fire ants on sight. If you’re an avid outdoors lover or traveller, you will always want to travel with an epinephrine shot.

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