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Grabbed a half-bag of corn chips from the cupboard one night. Was on my 2nd mouthful before realizing ants had gotten into the package. Soon my lips were swollen to a truly comical extent and I was getting worried about my trachea swelling shut. That would have been tragic since I was alone in the house at the time. Fortunately that didn't happen and my lips were back to normal in 20 hours or thereabout.

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1 hour ago, Guy F. said:

Grabbed a half-bag of corn chips from the cupboard one night. Was on my 2nd mouthful before realizing ants had gotten into the package. Soon my lips were swollen to a truly comical extent and I was getting worried about my trachea swelling shut. That would have been tragic since I was alone in the house at the time. Fortunately that didn't happen and my lips were back to normal in 20 hours or thereabout.

Sorry for the laughing, I did the same. My lips looked liked I have just been to the dentist.

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1 hour ago, Guy F. said:

Grabbed a half-bag of corn chips from the cupboard one night. Was on my 2nd mouthful before realizing ants had gotten into the package. Soon my lips were swollen to a truly comical extent and I was getting worried about my trachea swelling shut. That would have been tragic since I was alone in the house at the time. Fortunately that didn't happen and my lips were back to normal in 20 hours or thereabout.

Pictures please! :hystery:

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1 hour ago, OnMyWay said:

Pictures please! :hystery:

The wife made me delete them. Take my word for it that it was really bad. So bad that you wouldn't have believed it to be possible.

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9 hours ago, Freebie said:

I dont know what works for red ants

Wearing white socks with your sandals and shorts will stop them from biting your ankles and feet. :56da64b51da2f_36_1_681:

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10 hours ago, Guy F. said:

Grabbed a half-bag of corn chips from the cupboard one night. Was on my 2nd mouthful before realizing ants had gotten into the package. Soon my lips were swollen to a truly comical extent and I was getting worried about my trachea swelling shut. That would have been tragic since I was alone in the house at the time. Fortunately that didn't happen and my lips were back to normal in 20 hours or thereabout.

 

9 hours ago, jimeve said:

Sorry for the laughing, I did the same. My lips looked liked I have just been to the dentist.

You both could have gone on You Tube and done Mick Jagger impersonations?:whistling:

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17 hours ago, Freebie said:

I dont know what works for red ants ( other than jumping around shouting and swearing  ) but for everyother bite here a liberal application of Tiger balm seems to take all redness away and all the itchiness..... at least it does for me.

 

Some other good remedies posted here.

I was just going to post that, Freebie. Helps with many itchy skin things I've found.

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On the subject of red ants I had a pretty bad encounter with them when doing a recce on a new road being built between Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro. I'd been following the route which at the time was a dirt track bulldozed through the jungle. 

I came to the end of the track which was near a beach and instead of going through the jungle followed the coast. After about 1km the beach ran out and I was faced with a swim or climb a rock face about 60m high to what looked like another bulldozed track that had come from the other direction. It looked an easy scramble so I set off up it but near the top it got pretty steap so I ended up climbing. I reached up to a ledge about 5m from the summit and was pulling myself up when the ants hit. I'd stumbled on a nest and couldn't go back down as there was lots of loose rock.  They had me for a good few minutes before I got past the ledge and as I got over the top I felt nauseous as I'd been bitten so many times,  even my heart rate was pumping like crazy.  Never again. 

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