By Gary M. White, MD
When fire ants bite humans, intense pain, burning and skin lesions result.
- Several species of fire ants are found in the United States with the most common being Solenopsis invicta.
- The ants are prevalent in the Southern states, e.g., South Carolina, Louisiana.
A wheal is followed by a vesicle, which finally forms a pustule. Intense burning and pain are associated with the bites of these ants. Anaphylaxis may occur [J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2007;17(1):48-9].
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