Do Ants Make You Itchy?
Usually, ant bites do not cause a serious allergic reaction. However, some species of ants are more toxic than others. For these species, the itching sensation of an ant bite can become intense. In these cases, a medical emergency must be sought.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as dizziness, hoarseness, or difficulty breathing, you need to get to the nearest hospital emergency room. These symptoms may indicate a severe allergic reaction. If you have experienced a severe allergic reaction, you should use an epinephrine injector, or EpiPen.
A severe skin reaction may last for several days or even weeks. These symptoms include swelling, redness, and extreme itching. The swelling may interfere with the blood flow to your toes, fingers, and other parts of your body.
Ant bites may also cause secondary infections. These infections can cause itching, redness, and swelling. These symptoms may last for up to seven days. To help reduce the itching and swelling associated with ant bites, try baking soda, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. Also, a cool compress can help alleviate the pain.
If you are experiencing mild systemic symptoms, you can treat yourself with over-the-counter antihistamines, acetaminophen products, or Claritin. You may also want to take an antibiotic ointment, such as Cortaid. This will help prevent a skin infection and reduce the itching associated with ant bites.
If you have a severe systemic reaction, you should also seek emergency medical treatment. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine and an epinephrine injector, such as EpiPen, for emergency use.