Do Ants Cause Hives?

Depending on the type of ant you are stung by, you may develop one or more of the following symptoms:

Ant bites can last for up to a week. You can apply a topical antibiotic ointment three times a day to help prevent skin infections. You can also apply a cool compress to reduce swelling and itching. If the swelling is severe, you may need to use steroids. You can also use an ibuprofen product to help with pain.

The most common symptoms of an ant bite are pain, soreness, and a yellow crust around the bite. You can also develop a white pustule, which is filled with infection pus. The pustules dry in four days.

Some species of ants, like carpenter ants and green ants, can cause severe allergic reactions. These reactions are also called anaphylaxis. If you think you may be allergic to an ant, see a physician immediately.

The symptoms of a severe systemic reaction may include hoarseness, angioedema, dizziness, flushing, or chest pain. You may also experience abdominal pain, severe vomiting, and difficulty breathing.

In general, most ant stings are mild and last a day or two. The severity of your symptoms depends on the amount of ants you are stung by, your age, and the number of stings you receive.

Some species of ants, like black ants, can cause a wide variety of clinical manifestations. They can cause itching, swelling, and even blisters. You may also develop maculae cerules, or maculae, which are a result of dermal hemorrhage.