Fire ant bites

Treat it: Soothe it with an ice pack, and use an antihistamine to treat the itching if necessary.<br /><br />

Head to the doctor if: In rare instances, you can go into anaphylactic shock and will feel lightheaded and nauseous. If that's the case, head to the emergency room ASAP &mdash; or if you have an EpiPen on hand, use it now. If you're attacked by a swarm, you may want to get checked out by a doctor just in case, even if you aren't allergic.<br /><br />

FYI: These are mainly found in the Southern U.S., so if you're in the Midwest or in the Northeast, you can probably rule this bite out. But if you are in the Southern U.S. and are allergic, you can get allergy shots, which are 97 percent effective in preventing an allergic reaction.<br /><br />

The expert: Bassett

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Treat it: Soothe it with an ice pack, and use an antihistamine to treat the itching if necessary.

Head to the doctor if: In rare instances, you can go into anaphylactic shock and will feel lightheaded and nauseous. If that's the case, head to the emergency room ASAP — or if you have an EpiPen on hand, use it now. If you're attacked by a swarm, you may want to get checked out by a doctor just in case, even if you aren't allergic.

FYI: These are mainly found in the Southern U.S., so if you're in the Midwest or in the Northeast, you can probably rule this bite out. But if you are in the Southern U.S. and are allergic, you can get allergy shots, which are 97 percent effective in preventing an allergic reaction.

The expert: Bassett

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