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Treatments for Non-Food Allergy -- Red fire ant

Treatment List for Non-Food Allergy -- Red fire ant

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Non-Food Allergy -- Red fire ant includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Avoid being stung, adrenaline injection if anaphylactic reaction occurs, antihistamines
  • Treatment is dependant upon the type and severity of the reaction but may involve:
    • Avoidance of stings - wearing shoes outside etc
    • Soothing lotions - calamine etc
    • Antihistamines - May minimise itching and decrease response in mild to moderate reactions, especially with primarily skin involvement
    • Bronchodilators - for asthma and wheezing symptoms
    • Oral steroids - used in short courses for moderate allergic reactions especially with asthma symptoms or skin conditions
    • Desensitisation - evidence is mixed, and efficacy dependant or the type of allergy and specific type of reaction
    • EpiPen - used as first line treatment prior to hospital care for those who have proven anaphylaxis to insect stings.
    • Anaphylaxis is a severe life threatening allergic response that may occur following an insect sting. Treatment includes:
      • Hospitalisation
      • IM adrenaline
      • High flow oxygen
      • Intravenous fluids
      • Intravenous and oral steroids
      • Nebulised bronchodilators
      • Nebulised adrenaline for upper airways obstruction

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