Fire ant bites are the worst. If you live in an area where it is summer year round, like Florida or California, you probably get a few single fire ant bites throughout the year. They are annoying because after the bite, it itches, then seems to go away, but later it itches again, and then turns into a blister or pimple.
If you try and pop it or pick at it, you set yourself up for weeks of more itching and picking, many times leaving a scar.
So what do you do if you step in a mound of fire ants only wearing flip-flops? That’s what happened to me. I was standing in the grass near the street by my house, and before I knew it, I felt my foot covered with ants. I had a mini freakout as I flung my shoe off, and quickly brushed all of the little ants off. Now what?
The race against the fire ant bites
I went inside and with the help of my sister-in-law, started Googling. The first thing we saw was ice and elevation. So that is what I did first. My mom had some Benadryl medicated spray so I used that next. Then we decided to narrow the search to “natural remedies”. Since I knew I had more fire ant bites than I had ever had before, I decided to do everything I could with what I had available in the house, from our search of natural remedies.
This was the order I applied the remedies, based on the random order we came across them during our Internet search.
I cut a lemon in 1/2 and squeezed the juice onto my foot and rubbed it in with the lemon, coating the area with the pulp too. I left that on for about 30 minutes. (Featured Photo)
Next, I made a paste with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Frontier Baking Soda. I coated the area, kept it elevated for another 30 minutes.
I rinsed the paste off, then coated the area with Worcestershire Sauce. It was a vegan version, so I was not sure if it would still work like the “normal” kind many of the blogs mentioned. I kept that on about 5 minutes.
While washing that off I used a hot water technique. Hot water running over it to tolerance – not only to the heat, but the itching. The heat brings histamines to the surface, which are then released and fight the sting from the venom.
Lastly, aloe was recommended. I do have aloe gel, but since I was doing all of this in the kitchen and have Aloe Gold Aloe Juice right inside my refrigerator door, I just used that instead.
During this whole process, I was skeptical, but hopeful; especially since I felt very little discomfort or itching. And I was pleasantly surprised as the day went on that the relief held up pretty well. That night I did the lemon rub again before bed, and did not wash it off.
The good news is over the course of the next 6 days, they never itched! Therefore, it was easy to keep my hands off the area, and although you can see and count about 10 red “bites”, they didn’t go through the normal pattern of getting worse. Instead of lingering, they were disappearing!
The bad news is, I don’t really know which remedy was most effective since I did so many. But now I know what remedies to reach for in the future, even if I get just a single bite.
Lastly, I have been putting pure Sea Buckthorn Oil on the area daily, because I know how well that helps heal all skin aliments of almost any kind.
I hope this post gives you some ideas to experiment with this summer and year round, for all bug bites and stings that need relief and quick healing.