Biting ants, or fire ants, leave red hive-like lesions that are distinct for their immense burning and itching, according to WebMD. In some cases, the lesions or blisters fill with puss and, in other cases, the bites create a life-threatening allergic reaction, according to WebMD. For the quickest relief, ice packs, pain relievers and antihistamines are commonly used to treat the pain and itching associated with ant bites, according to WebMD.Continue Reading
After being stung, the area should be washed with soap and water and ice should be applied to alleviate some of the pain, according to KidsHealth. Antihistamines are useful for helping to control swelling and itching, according to KidsHealth. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that It is important to avoid breaking the blisters at the site of the stings to prevent a secondary infection.
While not common, it is possible to have a severe allergic reaction to ant bites, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Characterized by a tightness of the chest, swelling of the tongue or throat, abdominal cramping and nausea and itching or swelling in areas other than the original sting site, this reaction is life-threatening and immediate medical attention is necessary, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.Learn more about Insect & Animal Bites
Symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include minor burning, white blisters and severe pain at the bite site, followed by severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever and muscle pain, according to eMedicineHealth. The initial bite may just look red with fang marks before healing during the next few weeks after the bite.Full Answer >
A bite with a red circle around it may be from a tick that's carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to WebMD. The red circle appears approximately one month after the bite and often resembles a bull's-eye. There may be one or more red rings, advises Everyday Health.Full Answer >
Symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include itching of the skin, pain and a blister at the bite site that gradually ulcerates, according to WebMD. In certain cases, the bites do not cause immediate discomfort, so an individual may be unaware he was bitten until additional symptoms develop.Full Answer >
A person bitten by a dog often can treat the bite at home but should seek medical care if the dog is unknown and if the bite is deep, seems infected or continues bleeding, according to WebMD. Report a bite from an unknown dog to animal control.Full Answer >