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I stepped into an ant Hill on the golf course yesterday and got about 6-7 bites around one ankle. Not fire ants, just garden variety brown ants, and now my ankle is swollen like a sausage and itches like crazy!

The older I get, the more significant the reaction seems to be. I am so sick of the little bastards!
 
Posts: 1832 | Location: Arkansas | Registered: April 14, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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That sucks! Rub a liberal amount of vinegar on it, the acidic vinegar (any type but white stinks the least) counteracts the poison in the bites and will stop a lot of the itching.
 
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The pharmacist recommended a tube of Benadryl ointment for me. It helped quite a bit.



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Posts: 18984 | Location: Central Florida (near Orlando) | Registered: January 03, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The pharmacist recommended a tube of Benadryl ointment for me. It helped quite a bit.


Benadryl is very good too. Vinegar ASAP (if possible) neutralizes the poison very fast, then followed by Benadryl is preferred by most paramedics, DR's.


I recently had a customer/owner step on a jellyfish and go into epileptic shock in Treasure Cay,Bahamas. The chief paramedic poured the vinegar on and administered Benadryl pills. But told me the acid in the vinegar neutralizes the poison almost instantly. The owner was so bad he was going in and out of consciousness, really strong stomach pains, we had to carry him back to the boat on a lounge chair.
 
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I recently had a customer/owner step on a jellyfish and go into epileptic shock in Treasure Cay,Bahamas.


Did you mean anaphylactic shock?
 
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Interesting, I always worked under the assumption that ant venom was a carboxylic acid derivative and applied ammonia to any bites (immediately) followed by a hydrocortisone cream.

I just read on a University of Florida Entymologist's website that for several types ants my assumption was true.

Fire ants apparently have a different type of venom which is basic rather than acidic and also include some weird proteins as well. That would explain why the vinegar treatment is effective.

Learn something new everyday. Thanks guys.


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Ants inject Formica acid when they bite you, so you need a base to neutralize the acid, a old country doctor once told me if you can get to a base fast enough just apply it to the area. But if it has been a while you should scrub the area to break any blisters then apply your base (he recommended Clorox) it will burn like hell, but now you are not treating a insect bite, you are treating a chemical burn, rinse well then apply hydrocortisone to reduce the inflammation then after a bit apply a antibiotic ointment, oral Benadryl will help with any allergic reaction, from there the area should scab over.
 
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Ants inject Formic acid when they bite you, so you need a base to neutralize the acid, a old country doctor once told me if you can get to a base fast enough just apply it to the area. But if it has been a while you should scrub the area to break any blisters then apply your base (he recommended Clorox) it will burn like hell, but now you are not treating a insect bite, you are treating a chemical burn, rinse well then apply hydrocortisone to reduce the inflammation then after a bit apply a antibiotic ointment, oral Benadryl will help with any allergic reaction, from there the area should scab over.
 
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