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MattMeissner posted:
A couple years ago I squeezed a black ant on a job site (construction) the juices from the ant got into my left eye, causing reddness, swelling, tenderness to the left side of my head, and irregular dialtion of my left eye. I am now, years later, suffering from migraines, still irregular dialtion of the left eye, and the pain seems to "float around" through the left side of my body, down to my lower back, kidney area, and back to my head, almost daily debilitating migraines which I can feel coming on. I have read a bit about the formidic acid in black ants but cannot find any solutions to neutrilize the acid. I have also read that this can damage optic nerves, kidneys, and other parts of the body. Any suggestions as to where to turn for a solution? Thank you in advance for any suggestions...
Chris_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Matt and welcome,

Have you been to the doctor? I'd start with your primary care doc and go from there. No guessing at this here, and you best bet is to turn to the doctor. Best of luck and helath to you!

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
-William Ellery Channing
carpetcrawler5 responded:
Are you sure it was the ant or maybe you have another disorder? Good reason to see a good dr or specialist.
MattMeissner replied to carpetcrawler5's response:
I had no symptoms prior to this. I have seen/discussed this with my family doctor, he prescribed Naproxin for the migraines, which made me very sick to my stomach. I have also recieved a catscan shortly after (approx. 3 months) when the migraines and eye dilation problems did not go away. Which showed nothing.
itmatsb responded:
So sorry to hear about your pain. I think that a neurologist would be better than your primary care doctor for the kind of problems that you are having. But if it is from the bug exposure, you may need to see someone else, but the neurologist might know who else.

Good luck.

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