Fire ants are wingless insects that belong to the same family of insects as bees and wasps. Fire ants are found in the southeastern and south central United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. They tend to attack and sting in great numbers.
A fire ant attaches itself to a person by biting with its jaws, then pivoting its head and stinging from its abdomen in a circular pattern at multiple sites. Symptoms of a fire ant sting may include:
Home treatment can help relieve pain and prevent infection.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||October 15, 2011|
Last Revised: October 15, 2011
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