Who knew ants could be so annoying? While most ant bites aren’t dangerous, excessive exposure to the irritating chemicals that ants inject when biting can cause major skin irritation.
Whether you are strolling in the garden or lounging by the pool, insect bites can be annoying and itchy.
Why do ants bite you, and how can you prevent them? Find out more here on treating and preventing ant bites.
The Science of Itchy Ant Bites
When an ant bites you, they release a venom that can cause an allergic reaction. This venom contains a chemical called histamine, which is known to cause itchiness. The bacteria on the ant’s body can enter the wound and cause an infection.
Another reason ant bites may be itchy is because of the body’s natural healing process. When the body is healing a wound, it will release chemicals that can cause itchiness.
How to Deal With the Itch
To get rid of ant bites, wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible. This will help to remove any allergens that may be on the skin. You can also apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce the swelling and itching.
If the itching is severe, you may need to take an antihistamine. You can also try applying a topical steroid cream or ointment to the area. If the bites are still bothering you, you may need to see a doctor to get a prescription strength medication.
Ants are attracted to sweet things, so one home remedy is to make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the bite. This will help to neutralize the acid in the ant’s venom and provide relief.
Another is to apply a paste of meat tenderizer and water to the bite. This will help to break down the proteins in the venom and provide relief.
You can also try applying a paste of one-part vinegar and three parts water to the bite. This will help to neutralize the venom and provide relief.
When to See a Doctor
If you have an itchy ant bite, it is important to treat it properly to avoid infection. Wash the area with soap and water, then apply a cool compress or ice pack to reduce swelling. You can also take an oral antihistamine to help relieve itching.
If the bite is on your face, if you have any signs of an infection (redness, swelling, pus), and if the ant bite treatment is not working, see a doctor immediately.
One way to prevent itchy ant bites is to avoid areas where ants are known to reside. If you must go into an area where ants are present, be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves to cover as much skin as possible. Apply a repellent to exposed skin before entering the area.
Be sure to inspect your clothing and body for ants before leaving the area. If you find an ant on your skin, brush it off immediately. But if the area is already infested by an ant colony, best to contact a pro ant control service to deal with your ant problem.
The Itchy Truth
Don’t let ants ruin your summer fun. Avoiding them during their dormant period is not easy, you’ll have to take a few safety measures in your home. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to treat those itchy bites in no time.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.