[at-l] Fire Ants

bluetrail at aol.com bluetrail at aol.com
Wed Apr 25 09:53:05 CDT 2012

>From wikipedia: 
The venom of fire ants is composed of alkaloids such as piperidine (see Solenopsis saevissima). The sting swells into a bump, which can cause much pain and irritation at times, especially when caused by several stings in the same place. The bump often forms into a white pustule, which can become infected if scratched, but if left alone will usually flatten within a few days. The pustules are obtrusive and uncomfortable while active and, if they become infected, can cause scarring. Some people are allergic to the venom, and as with many allergies, may experience anaphylaxis, which requires emergency treatment.[7] An antihistamine or topical corticosteroids may help reduce the itching[citation needed]. First aid for fire ant bites includes external treatments and oral medicines.

External treatments: a topical steroid cream (hydrocortisone), or one containing aloe vera[8]
Oral medicines: antihistamines

Severe allergic reactions to fire ant stings, including severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, loss of breath, serious swelling, and slurred speech,[9] can be fatal if not treated.

I've probably gotten at least 40-50 fire ant bites over the years.  I'm not allergic to them.  They do itch for quite a while (days).  And bug spray doesn't stop them.
bluetrail at aol.com

-----Original Message-----
From: giniajim <jplynch at crosslink.net>
To: Thinktraub Thinktraub <hikeinmountains at gmail.com>; at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 9:36 am
Subject: Re: [at-l] Fire Ants

Does an insect repellent ward them off?  Do hikers know what the treatment 
s if you do get bitten by them?
----- Original Message ----- 
rom: "Thinktraub Thinktraub" <hikeinmountains at gmail.com>
o: <at-l at backcountry.net>
ent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:51 AM
ubject: Re: [at-l] Fire Ants

 They should be in Erwin and Hot Springs and other southern trail towns
 soon, if they're not there already.  And the lower elevations of the 

 Since they've made their way up to 3,000 feet in the Smokies already, 
 were you set up your tent (or step, or sit) in gaps and other lower
 elevation areas.  These suckers are bad news.



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