It’s 2014 and ants are still biting me. My most recent run in with these vicious creatures was in the Caribbean. As I hung my laundry up to dry on a clothesline a tiny little ant silently climbed up on me and bit me. I’m guessing that this is what happened since I didn’t feel the bite. After I noticed a little bump, like a pimple, I ignored it since it didn’t seem so bad.
But true to an ant bite, the bump just kept getting worse and worse day after day, more painful and more painful. After days of pain and swelling where hot showers and aloe were not helping I searched the internet for advice. I found out that heat directed right at the bite might kill the pain. Someone advised using a hair dryer. I didn’t have one so I heated up a wet washcloth in the microwave and used it as hot as possible on the bite area. Finally relief!
I had discovered previously that hot water would help, but now I realize that it has to be really hot, as hot as one can stand without burning the skin, to help. I endured another week of the bite spreading, and then weeping for days requiring me to wear band aids. 3 weeks later I can say the bite is healed.
Every summer I manage to get bitten by ants while working in the garden. At least I think its ants. I’m praying it’s not spiders. I never see the critters attacking me, it’s later when the bites swell up, turn red, and start to hurt that I notice them. Usually they are on my skin under my clothing. I guess ants like privacy when they bite. Ant bites hurt, I always forget, so how to stop the pain?
The key to making the bite heal faster is recognizing it before it starts to hurt. It takes a day or two for the bite to start hurting and swelling. Lots of hot water compresses as soon as possible will make the whole healing process happen faster.
These ant bites have been the worse insect bites I have every received, and that includes having camped in the tropics for weeks at a time, and being stung by a wasp a few years ago. My advice is watch out when you move through the garden in late summer, as it seems that ants are crawling on every leaf and stem. Preventing ant bites and all insect bites is really my best advice!