Fire ants are wingless insects that belong to the same family of
insects as bees and wasps. Fire ants are found in the southeastern and south
central United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. They tend to attack and
sting in great numbers.
A fire ant attaches itself to a person by biting with its jaws, then
pivoting its head and stinging from its abdomen in a circular pattern at
multiple sites. Symptoms of a fire ant sting may include:
Home treatment can help relieve pain and prevent infection.
October 15, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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