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Here are some tips to take the sting out of fire ant bites.

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!


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Welcome to the Business Team at Foot and Ankle Associates of North Texas. Our appointment schedulers and billing department work in tandem to assist you and your family during your FAANT experience.
Our scheduling team will complete a short appointment questionnaire that will allow us the opportunity to contact your plan prior to your visit. We will find out what type of Podiatry benefits you should expect, including your coverage limits, which we will then review with you before you are seen.
If you are a new patient, we ask that you complete our online patient forms. We also update paperwork for established patients at least once a year or upon any changes. Having the most accurate information on you and your family will help us better treat your medical conditions, and it will also allow us to process your insurance claims more efficiently.
Thank you for helping us to be more prepared for your visit. Please download our online patient forms and fax them to our confidential fax at least 48 hours prior to your visit at 817-886-3612. We ask that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your visit with your insurance and identification cards; we will scan each card to validate your electronic health record. Please allow for ample time to check in with our team in order to help prevent your appointment being delayed or even rescheduled.
We invite you to bring your socks and athletic/dress shoes along with a list of prepared questions. For a list of sample questions visit http://www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer/ You may also visit our business office library, where you can view frequently asked questions, insurance contract list and become even more familiar with our office.