One evening my neighbor came to our house to ask what she could use to treat fire ant bites. Her husband was bitten by fire ants at their front yard. His body was swelling and developed bumps and rashes due to 10-15 ant bites. I looked around the kitchen and gave her Benadryl and aloe leaves. Anti-histamine helps stop itching from the bite. Aloe vera gel disinfects the ant bites. Her husband’s ant bites were better next day after taking Benadryl and applying the gel from aloe leaves several times throughout the day and night.
Some people could develop allergic actions (e.g. sweating, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, headaches and/or server skin rash) to ant venom, in which case they will need immediate medical attention. However, a number of easy home remedies are available for ant bites.
First, remove the ants from your skin.
Second, wash the bites with lukewarm water and soap. Avoid using hot water because it stimulates circulation and makes the ant venom quickly travel to different parts of the body.
Third, sterilize with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Fourth, try some of the easy treatments to ease the itching and skin irritation.
1. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste and apply to the bites.
2. Apply aloe vera gel repeatedly to reduce pain, swelling and rash.
3. Apply hydrocortisone cream or Desitin (zinc oxide) to relieve pain and itching.
4. Take an antihistamine like Benadryl or pain reliever like Ibuprofen.
5. Do not scratch skins around the bites.
Fifth, repeat the treatment that works for a couple of days or until the skin rash or swollenness disappears.