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- Feb 09 2017
How to treat Fire Ant.
Fire ants are a insects that sting and are commonly found in the South/Southeast areas of the U.S – from Florida to Texas, and in some parts of the Southwest.
Symptoms of a severe reaction:
For individuals with fire ant allergy, stings may cause a fatal reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis). Symptoms of anaphylaxis commonly involve more than one part of the body and may include hives, itching swelling in the tongue or throat, dizziness, difficulty breathing, stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhea. In serious cases, a quick fall in blood pressure may result in shock and loss of responsiveness. Symptoms of anaphylaxis need emergency medical treatment.
Given the severity of a possible reaction, a correct diagnosis for fire ant allergy is the key to being ready for an emergency. An immunologist/ allergist has comprehensive training and skills to test for stinging insect allergy and create a plan to manage allergies.
Identifying Fire Ants:
Often on the edges of sidewalks or road, fire ants build nests of dirt in the ground,. In soggy, clay-type soil, the hillocks can be quite tall, up to eighteen inches. In dry, sandy soil the hillocks may be completely flat. Since fire ants do not discard greenery from the area around their mounds, they may be very difficult to see.
Management and treatment:
The insect sting allergy is treated in a 2-step approach:
Step one is the emergency treatment of the symptoms of a severe reaction when they happen.
Step two is preventive treatment of the hidden allergy with venom immunotherapy.
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