Swollen Eyelids After Ant Bites?

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I want to ask. My brother was bitten by a red ant in the upper eyelid and then it became swollen over time so it was really big, and for 1 month, it didn’t even get bigger. Even though I’ve given medicine. How is that?

1 Answer:

Hello Citra,

Thank you for the question.

Swollen eyes caused by ant bites can be caused by several things, such as:

  Urticaria, or allergic reaction involving the dermis. Angioedema, or allergic reactions that affect the dermis layer of the skin even deeper. Allergic contact dermatitis. Blepharoconjunctivitis, or infection of the outer layers of the eye and eyelids. Other medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. Allergic reactions usually take place quickly and improve in a short time. However, there is still a possibility that it will continue to be chronic for more than 1 month. This can be caused by exposure to substances that trigger allergies repeatedly, as well as the presence of other allergens besides ant bites. Ant bites can cause allergic reactions such as the swelling you mentioned above.

You need to make sure your sister's allergy history, and if it hasn't been determined, you can advise your sister to do elimination therapy such as avoiding ingredients that often trigger allergies, such as eggs, milk and milk products, nuts, and seafood. Treatment such as with antihistamines / antiallergics can indeed relieve symptoms, but if the cause of allergies is not avoided, then complaints will still continue to occur. In addition, pay attention to whether there are other symptoms that accompany, and consult a doctor if there is still no improvement and there are other symptoms such as body weakness, weight loss, and others.

Hopefully this information can help and hopefully your sister gets better soon.


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