Suffering from ant bites in Australia may seem like a minor problem, but in some cases, they can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions.
Some of the most dangerous Australian ant species include:
- Myrmecia pilosula: jack jumper or jumper ant
- Myrmecia pyriformis: bulldog or bull ant
- Rhytidopenera metallica: green-heat ant
- Diamma bicolor: ‘blue ant’, which is actually a type of wasp
Causing often painful swelling and/or itching at best and anaphylactic shock at worst, especially in people who have had allergic reactions to ant bites before, these ants’ bites should be treated as described below.
No previous reactions
If you never had allergic reactions to ant bites before, you should:
- Use soap and water to wash the area around the bite
- Relieve swelling and pain by applying an ice pack to the bite area
- Treat persistent swelling or itching with antihistamine tablets
Look out for the following symptoms:
- Red blotches or itchy rash over the body
- Swelling in areas other than the actual bite site, in particular around the eyes and lips
- Light-headedness, dizziness or feeling faint
- Breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath, wheezing
- Tightness in the chest
Should you develop any of these symptoms, you may have an anaphylactic reaction and will require immediate medical attention. Call 000 and ask for an ambulance.
If you ever had an allergic reaction to ant bites before, you should respond to a bite by immediately calling 000 and requesting an ambulance.
Should existing allergies require you to carry adrenaline, administer it. Lie down and do not walk about or even stand up while waiting for the ambulance. These steps also apply for cases of ant bites in the throat or mouth.
Depending on your travel itinerary, ant bites can not always be prevented. Slips, trips and falls, on the other hand, can. So can outbreaks of food poisoning and other unfortunate accidents in public places. Should you sustain a preventable personal injury on holiday, you may qualify for travel injury compensation.
Start your public liability claim by contacting Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Specialising in compensation claims for slip, trip or fall injuries, food poisoning incidents, and other accidental injuries such as in shops and restaurants, since 2000, our law firm’s in-house lawyers have the necessary experience to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice