How To Treat a Bee Sting or Wasp Sting

Reliable Remedies If You're Not Allergic to the Sting!

As a child, I was walking on a trail into the woods with my day camp friends when suddenly, one of them accidentally walked through a beehive while stepping on an old fallen tree. Well, although it put the ultimate fear into us, running at speeds that only an adrenaline rush could explain, we were quickly under attack. There must have been hundreds of bees sharing one goal: to get revenge on the ones who dared to disturb them and destroy their home. Needless to say, each and every one of us looked like raspberries by the time we reached the parking lot of the park where parents were supposed to pick us up. Nobody had been stung less then twenty-five times. How were the stings treated? Let's see!

Step 1

Heal these stings the natural way! When you are into the woods, a park or any outdoor place away from home, the best way is to use some soil and some water to make mud. Then apply generously on the stings. This will not only decrease the pain level, but it will also take care of the swelling. It is fast, easy to do and easily available. Our day camp instructors suggested this to us at the time and believe me...IT WORKS!

Step 2

Its smell may be strong, but so is its healing power! What am I talking about? None other than vinegar! It is particularly available at picnics, which unfortunately are places where bees and wasps also tend to be the uninvited guests. You do not need much vinegar, as it is a liquid with a low viscosity level. It is quite effective!

When I was stung so many times, a mother who just came from a grocery store before picking up her son happened to have some vinegar in her trunk. I tried it myself at the time and was relieved to benefit instantaneously from its soothing properties. We may have stunk like there was no tomorrow, but relief was immediate, so it was well worth it.

Step 3

Its power has bite! While toothpaste's main use is keeping your teeth clean, it is also known to clean jewelry and soothe insect stings. In fact, it not only soothes them, but also decreases the swelling of the wound. Toothpaste is a good quick remedy for someone stung at home.

Step 4

This will cool off more than drinks! Ice is another way to soothe the pain of an insect sting and diminish the swelling of the wound. If you do not have ice, an ice pack will do the trick too! Either way, remember not to apply the ice or ice pack directly onto the skin. Wrap the ice or ice pack into a towel or dishcloth before applying it to the wound.

Step 5

It's not just useful for Chicken Pox! Calamine lotion is another way to treat a bee sting. It will cool the inflamed region, diminish the swelling and provide pain relief.

Step 6

YOU MUST DEAL WITH AN ALLERGIC REACTION RIGHT AWAY! React swiftly if someone has a known allergy to insect stings, experiences sudden swelling on their bodies, breaks out in rashes or, most importantly, is having difficulty breathing. It is called anaphylactic shock! When a person knowingly has this type of allergy, they usually have an Epipen, which is an injection that can be given in the largest part of the thigh, even through winter clothing or jeans.

If the person who is stung was unaware of allergies and is suffering from an allergic reaction, CALL 911 and rush them to the hospital by ambulance. Share the symptoms with the emergency crew so they are able to deal with this situation rapidly and appropriately. Even following an injection with the Epipen, call 911 to get the person to the hospital to be checked out as a precautionary measure.

Aside from cases of allergic reaction, these Granny's remedies have proven their efficiency over the years. They can also be used to relieve stings from other flying insects like mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies, etc. You can even usethese remedies on poison ivy rashes and chicken pox spots if you run out or do not have access to some calamine lotion. After all, before people started buying medicines from the pharmacy, they used various ingredients or plants that had medicinal properties. Isn't it why Granny knows best?


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Great suggestions as we have to deal with many insect bites during summer.

By Mary Norton