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Decreasing the Sting of Fire Ant Bites on Your Feet
There is nothing worse than having a beautiful day enjoying the outdoors ruined by stepping in a pile of fire ants! Ouch! Then days of itching that follow…..
Fire ants actually do not bite, they sting. The fire ant pinches you then injects a toxic alkaloid venom called solenopson. This sting results in a welt, sometimes quite large! Fire ants sting over 20 million people in the U.S. every year. Some people can have severe allergic reactions to them. Others, especially those with diabetes or a compromised immune system, can end up in the hospital with a secondary infection due to a fire ant sting.
What should you do when a fire ant stings you? If you have ever had a true allergic reaction to fire ant bites, seek medical attention immediately. Fire ant toxin is 95% non-water soluble so washing the area is a waste of time. The best thing to do is massage (not scratch) the area gently with either lime juice or baking soda plaster. Alcohol or peroxide can help as well but not as effective. Scratching is bad! It can spread the toxin to non-damaged skin and make your pain and suffering worse!
Apply a baking soda plaster or even just toothpaste to the area. Take Benadryl to help with the itch and the reaction to the toxin. After a few hours, gently exfoliate the top off the pustule and then cleanse with soap and water. Apply a topical antibiotic to the area. Watch for increasing redness, swelling, or streaking that may indicate an infection. If this occurs, seek medical attention.
What does an allergic reaction to fire ant bites look like? Severe allergic reactions can be deadly! Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe chest pain, sweating, slurred speech, shortness of breath, extreme swelling, or profound nausea.
Most people just put up with the sting and burn of fire ant bites. Hopefully some of these tips will help ease your pain the next time you fall victim to the nasty red ant!
Foot and ankle athletic injuries are very common. We specialize in sports medicine getting you back to sports as soon as possible. The most common foot and ankle sports injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis, anterior tibial tendonitis, neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle instability, and metatarsalgia. Gait problems can also cause ileotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis, back pain, hip pain and piriformis syndrome. Medications, injections, splinting, orthotics and/or physical therapy are often quite helpful in treating most injuries. Our doctors will discuss your injury and prescribe a course of treatment that will return you to sport stronger than when you came into the office.
Fall down, go boom? Foot and ankle trauma is extremely common no matter how young or old you are. Fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, sprain and strains, puncture wounds and toenail trauma occurs every day. Our physicians can help put you back together so that you can recover from your accident as fast as possible. Don't wait too long to seek medical advice after your accident or injury. Delaying treatment often only worsens the problem!
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Healthy Steps Shoe Store and Spa welcomes patients and their families as well as the surrounding communities of Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and beyond to help them with their therapeutic shoe gear needs. A certified pedorthotist is always available by appointment for consultation, and safe pedicures by a licensed medical nail technician highlight your spa experience. An extensive array of prefabricated and custom orthotics as well as many foot care essentials are also readily available to compliment your shoe and sandal purchases. We carry a wide variety of comfort shoe gear that are as pretty as they are comfortable.