Ant bites can be painful for a few seconds but what is worse is the desire to itch the bite area. The more one itches, the more time the bitten area would take to get better. The venom of the ant bite is quite toxic and causes an immediate burning sensation.
The area becomes red and swells due to the effect of histamine on the skin. It is not a very severe bite and one can easily treat it at home and usually with no need to go to the doctor. So below are some home remedies for ant bites:
The quickest way to prevent swelling on the skin’s surface is to rub an ice cube on the affected area. The reaction of histamine causes the area to swell.
Ice cube helps in preventing histamines reach the surface of the skin. Ice here acts as anti-histamine and helps in reducing pain and the desire to itch by numbing the area.
Vinegar has anti-bacterial properties and if the skin has been scratched due to itching caused by ant bites, vinegar helps in preventing bacterial infection. It also helps in reducing pain and the desire to itch.
Due to the presence of peppermint, cloves or menthol, toothpastes have a cooling effect on the skin. Application of toothpaste on the affected area will numb the area and helps in reducing the pain and itching.
It will also prevent the swelling of the skin as it masks the histamine action. A toothpaste containing peppermint is usually preferred more than other toothpastes.
Rubbing any product with high alcohol content can be used on ant bites to suppress the action of histamine and prevent the skin from swelling.
Also, due to alcohol’s astringent qualities, it will help in preventing itching. Apply alcohol content product or beverage every hour until the itching reduces and the swelling subsides.
#5: Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a great cooling agent and works great on ant bites. Aloe Vera gel helps in tempering the pain and the itching and soothes the skin. It should be applied often for the best results.
#6: Baking Soda
Baking soda will help in restoring the pH balance of the skin when applied in a paste form of baking soda and water. It will help in reducing itching and prevent any infection due to the ant bite.
#7: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Applying this to the affected area helps in controlling the itch and also helps in preventing the infection that can be caused by the ant bites.
If applied within 15 minutes of the bite, it will also help in controlling the swelling.
Salt is a great home remedy for ant bites. Applying a paste of salt and water on the affected area helps in prevent itching and swelling. Salt also helps in preventing any infection. It should be rubbed on the affected area thoroughly.
These are just a few of the home remedies for treating ant bites. As mentioned before, ant bites are usually not very serious, but if the swelling does not go away within 10 days, a doctor should be consulted as there might be some infection caused by the ant bites.