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Symptoms from fire ant stings can range from minor to severe and can even cause death. The best thing to do is to avoid being bitten and stung. This often comes down to wearing appropriate clothing, knowing where fire ants tend to live, being alert and watchful, and staying away from the ants. In most cases, these bites and stings require only minor first aid. In other cases, however, bites and stings require immediately getting the person to emergency medical assistance. Prevention begins by knowing if there are fire ants where you live and work. If there are, know how to avoid them and how to provide first aid, especially for more serious reactions.