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Bites and Infestations

Picture of Fire Ant Bites

Picture of Fire Ant Bites

Fire ant stings cause intensely itchy red lesions that resemble hives. The areas affected by bites can develop blisters that later may become filled with pus. Fire ant stings may cause uncomfortable burning that can be relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers. Antihistamines and cold packs can also provide relief. Some people may have life-threatening reactions to fire ant stings causing anaphylaxis. Anaphylactic reactions require emergency medical treatment.

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Text Reference: "Insect Sting Allergy." American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.