Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
You catch a whiff of a co-worker's new fragrance, and within minutes, you have a whopper of a headache.
You pop open that new bottle of dish-washing liquid, and by the time you've washed the pots and pans, your hands and arms are covered in hives.
You walk into a friend's home and smell freshly baked pumpkin pie. Only after you start sneezing uncontrollably and feeling dizzy, weak, and sick to your stomach do you learn she hasn't been baking --...
Some people have larger reactions around the sting. For example, a sting on your arm might cause your whole arm to swell. If you’re otherwise OK, you can start treatment on your own and then see your doctor. Here's how:
Put ice on the sting off and on (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off). Use a towel. Don’t put ice directly on your skin and don’t use heat.
If the sting is very large and painful your doctor may give you prescription antihistamines and steroids.
Reducing Your Risk
Once you have had a reaction to a fire ant sting, you have a 60% chance of having a similar or worse reaction if you are stung again. Ask your doctor about an Auvi-Q or EpiPen -- carry two injections with you if your doctor prescribes it -- and ask whether allergy shots would help.
To help reduce your risk of future stings:
Stay away from fire ant nests. Be careful when mowing the lawn.
Have a trained exterminator check for and get rid of fire ant nests around your home.