While most of the ant species bite, a fire ant bites as well as stings. Although ant bites do not leads to serious health problems unless you are allergic to the toxins sprayed on the site of the bite by the ant, it causes swelling, redness, discomfort and pain. Fortunately, the discomfort caused by the ant bite can be easily treated with the help of simple home remedies.
Here Are Some Of The Most Effective Ways To Treat Ant Bites
Baking Soda And Vinegar
Mix baking soda with vinegar and spread the paste on the affected area. It will help in providing fast relief from the itching and discomfort and will gradually reduce the swelling. The baking soda and vinegar mixture also helps in preventing secondary infections that may occur by scratching the area.
When stung by a fire ant, apply a small amount of fluoride toothpaste on the affected area. Fluoride helps in neutralizing the venom. Hence, it helps in providing fast relief from irritation and pain that occurs when a fire ant bites you.
Applying ice pack on the affected area helps in reducing the discomfort. Ice also helps in decreasing the swelling. However, do not apply ice pack on your skin for more than 5 minutes continuously. Reapply the ice pack after an interval of 10 to 15 minutes.
Rubbing the bite site with salt also helps in reducing the itching and swelling. Make a paste by mixing salt with a small amount of water. Rub the affected area for about a minute with the salt paste and then leave the salt paste on the bite site. The antiseptic effect of salt will help in preventing secondary infection that may occur when you scratch the itchy area.
Putting hot tea bag on the affected area helps in providing relief from the itching, pain and swelling. The anti-inflammatory property of tannin in black tea helps in reducing the swelling and its astringent effect helps in soothing the bite site, thereby alleviating the itching and discomfort.
Lime juice works as a natural anti-itch. It also helps in neutralizing the toxins on the bite site. Cut a lime and gently massage the lime slice on the affected area for a few minutes. It will gradually reduce the discomfort.