YIKES!..That hurts...  

ButteryDelight 59F
1961 posts
6/16/2006 1:35 pm

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YIKES!..That hurts...


Yikes! That hurts!..

We go about our everyday lives and then BAM! The unexpected happens to us. Something we didn’t count on happening, it just did. When that happens it is like getting hit upside the head and you’re left shaking your head and wondering, what, and how did that happen? Last night I had such a night. Before I tell you what happened, I will tell you a little bit about me first.

We all lead busy lives. I lead a very busy life too. I have a seventeen- year- old son still at home and he keeps me pretty busy driving him around various places. I also have three jobs. During the day I work for a home health care agency that specializes in caring for the elderly in their homes. I go to my client’s homes and try to help them. Every day is different. Sometimes, I get their prescriptions, do their grocery shopping or take them to the store and I take them to their doctor’s appointments as well. Other times I cook meals, clean and do laundry for them. I usually work from eight in the morning until noon. Now, on to what happened last night.

I have two night jobs. The first one I work from five to eight pm. in a medical building cleaning the operating rooms, doctor’s offices and the restrooms. Then, from nine to midnight I clean the classrooms at the junior college. The cleaning jobs are not that physically demanding, just repetitious and sometimes boring. It can get pretty quiet in those buildings when you are there all by yourself. The hardest part is when I have to empty the two large trashcans on the outside of the building but still close enough for those students walking out of or into the building to throw their trash away. It is also fairly dark right there by that trashcan. So, dark that when I stuck my hands down in it to pull out the trashcan I didn’t notice that the trashcan was covered with ants. These were not just any old ants. They were Solenopsis invicta, or Fire Ants. Naturally these aggressive ants crawled down into my gloves and proceeded to sting me. I also had some crawling up my pant legs and stinging my ankles. I of course tried to brush off as many as I could but I still ended up getting about 15 stings on my hands and ankles. I really didn’t worry about the stings too much at first. I just went back into the building and back to work. All of a sudden I started having problems breathing. I have asthma, so I didn’t panic I just took my inhaler out and took two puffs. When five minutes later I still was having breathing problems I knew I was probably having an allergic reaction. I walked to the bathroom and stripped off my gloves only to see more ants still stinging my hands. I washed off my hands in cold water but I could tell that my hands especially the left one was starting to swell up bigger then normal. I quickly found my co-worker and told her I was ill and had to leave work. I left and drove myself to the emergency room. I ended up spending about 6 hours there while they treated my allergic reaction to the fire ant stings. I had a breathing treatment with a nebulizer. They also gave me a cortisone injection and steroid one as well. They finally sent me home with instructions to take double the regular adult dosage of Benadryll every 4 hours and a prescription for an anti itch cream. I am doing better today; getting plenty of sleep thanks to that Benadryll and the only thing bothering me now is the itching of the bites.

I would like to know if anyone has any home remedies for fire ant stings? Maybe if I had used a home remedy I wouldn’t have ended up in the hospital.


wickedeasy 68F  
31321 posts
6/16/2006 3:25 pm

BD - my son was bitten - once - when he was younger - it became infected within hours - going to the ER was necessary - and smart

damn nasty things - those fire ants

take it slow and a bath in baking soda helps the itching

hugs

WE

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


loadeddice05 45M

6/16/2006 6:43 pm

Gonna have to move!! California doesn't have fire ants!! Just earthquakes!! LOL!!


ohcurious14 60M  
1684 posts
6/16/2006 7:01 pm

Wow Buttery, I am sure you never want to experience that again huh. I'd bet good ole baking soda paste would work as would a paste of oatmeal.Can't hurt to try though.


ButteryDelight 59F

6/16/2006 10:46 pm

    Quoting __JVT__:
    BD...don't know any home remedies, but I am glad you are ok now. Take care of yourself.
I will, JVT. The only thing I did that was not too smart was driving myself to the ER. I could have stopped breathing and had an accident.
I was fortunate that didn't happen.


ButteryDelight 59F

6/16/2006 10:49 pm

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    BD - my son was bitten - once - when he was younger - it became infected within hours - going to the ER was necessary - and smart

    damn nasty things - those fire ants

    take it slow and a bath in baking soda helps the itching

    hugs

    WE
Thanks, WE..I have been bathing because the itching is about to drive me crazy! No sign of infection so far.

Hugs
Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 59F

6/16/2006 10:54 pm

    Quoting loadeddice05:
    Gonna have to move!! California doesn't have fire ants!! Just earthquakes!! LOL!!
lol, loadeddice. When my grandmother was alive she lived in LosAngeles. We would visit her several times a year and she would just stop and say..that was a little earthquake right then.


ButteryDelight 59F

6/16/2006 10:59 pm

    Quoting ohcurious14:
    Wow Buttery, I am sure you never want to experience that again huh. I'd bet good ole baking soda paste would work as would a paste of oatmeal.Can't hurt to try though.
No..oh curious, Sir I definitely do not want to ever experience that again.

I've tried the baking soda and have actually gotten more relief from it then from the prescription itch cream. Haven't tried the oatmeal yet but I might just to see which one works better.

Buttery Delight


MamChelle 49F
1443 posts
6/17/2006 12:06 am

i lived in fla for nearly 10 years...baking soda and vinegar was the best remedy i have found ...make a paste of it and place it on the bites . *hugs and hope that doesn't happen again...the stings seem to take forever to heal. c


ButteryDelight 59F

6/17/2006 7:11 am

    Quoting MamChelle:
    i lived in fla for nearly 10 years...baking soda and vinegar was the best remedy i have found ...make a paste of it and place it on the bites . *hugs and hope that doesn't happen again...the stings seem to take forever to heal. c
* hugs, Chelle... And Yes, Chelle they do seem to take forever to heal.The swelling has gone down now and the puss filled centers can be seen.

I did out the baking soda and vinegar on them. Hmmm..now I have little white dots all over my hands and ankles..lol.


MamChelle 49F
1443 posts
6/17/2006 5:13 pm

yes but the vinegar and baking soda when first stung usually takes the swelling down and helps abate the itch.....


ButteryDelight 59F

6/17/2006 6:41 pm

    Quoting MamChelle:
    yes but the vinegar and baking soda when first stung usually takes the swelling down and helps abate the itch.....
oh..when first stung, use vinegar and baking soda. I will keep that in mind. Though the doctor has told me that if I ever got that many stings again to get to the ER room ASAP because it could be life threatening.

Thank you for the suggestions, Chelle and for the postings you do on my blog.

Buttery Delight


rm_Melciber 63M
214 posts
6/19/2006 1:19 pm

With a reaction like that - you did the best thing in going straight to ER . . .
we have a nasty, almost invisible bug called a cricket flea - it gets crushed anywhere that your clothes rub - especially socks and waist bands. The resultant "juice" starts to eat the flesh . . . then as one scratches it opens the skin. . . and the juice just goes on eating. . . I have seen ulcers the size of a dime in 5-6 days of scratching. Washing doesn´t help. This can all be avoided by a drop of lavender which stops the process in its tracks.
Different from your reaction, I know BD, just another story from another part of the world


ButteryDelight 59F

6/19/2006 10:21 pm

    Quoting rm_Melciber:
    With a reaction like that - you did the best thing in going straight to ER . . .
    we have a nasty, almost invisible bug called a cricket flea - it gets crushed anywhere that your clothes rub - especially socks and waist bands. The resultant "juice" starts to eat the flesh . . . then as one scratches it opens the skin. . . and the juice just goes on eating. . . I have seen ulcers the size of a dime in 5-6 days of scratching. Washing doesn´t help. This can all be avoided by a drop of lavender which stops the process in its tracks.
    Different from your reaction, I know BD, just another story from another part of the world
Melciber, I think that's very interesting. I believe and use herbal remedies in my home. Lavender oil is a very potent inflammatory.
Thank you for sharing this.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 59F

12/18/2006 9:57 pm

lake-
Really??..how interesting. i have not heard of that.


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