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People use all sorts of remedies for bee or wasp stings. Some swear by tobacco juice, but that is getting hard to come by as the habit of chewing tobacco is fading. Others prefer mud or baking soda paste (which is one of the first remedies I always try). One of our favorites combines vinegar and baking soda as a foaming paste to be slathered on the sting.
Here’s another option that apparently works really well! -
I was cleaning up my flowerbeds for fall when a wasp flew up and stung me on the cheek. Not only did it hurt, I feared it might swell up so my eye would shut. I remembered you writing something about a cut onion, so I sliced the end off an onion and held it on the sting for about 20 minutes. It took the pain away quickly, and the site did not swell up either. Thanks for the remedy. According to Eric Block, PhD, an expert in onion chemistry, there are enzymes in fresh-cut onion that help break down the compounds in a sting that cause inflammation.
I had heard about using either toothpaste or baking soda. My husband uses a baking soda toothpaste, so I quickly put some of that on the sting site. I immediately felt a drawing sensation as had been the case when I had gotten stung as a child and was pasted up with chewing tobacco. After that sensation went away, the pain subsided quickly.
I came to your website for another remedy in case this didn’t work, though it seemed to. After reading the baking soda/vinegar remedy, I am trying it. I think the baking soda toothpaste worked really well and was handy without having to mix up something. And so far, there’s little swelling. Thanks.
If you have a ‘wasp sting – what to do?’ dilemma, here’s what you can do:
- Extract the wasp sting as soon as possible. This is the first aid for wasp sting.
- Do not allow the spread of wasp venom to other body parts. You can lie down and lower the arm or leg, whichever body part has got stung, to keep it restricted to that particular region.
- You may tie a ribbon tightly at some distance from the stung area, towards the body. This will also prevent the wasp venom from spreading.
- The stung area may be itchy and irritating. Do not scratch, squeeze or pinch it or it may assist in the spread of venom.
- To relieve itchiness, apply corticosteroid or calamine lotion on the injured area for 4-5 times a day. This is a great wasp sting remedy.
- In case, you do not find any comfort from the above step, you can take oral antihistamine. It will reach the stung region through the bloodstream and will treat inflammation and itchiness faster.
- Keep the stung area clean. It will speed up the healing process. Wash the region with water and soap 3-4 times a day.
- You may soothe the affected skin by wrapping a cotton towel dipped in ice-cold water for about 15 minutes. Do not apply ice directly to the skin as it may cause skin burn.
- Freeze some peas and wrap them in clean towel. Tie it around the stung area for about 20 minutes everyday, till healing is visible.
- To relieve tenderness due to wasp sting, you may take over-the-counter pain killers like paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. Make sure you don’t have any allergies against these medicines first.
- One of the effective wasp sting remedies include Benadryl. Apply a few drops topically, once or twice a day for fast recovery.
- Apply a paste of chilly or green clay on and around the stung area. These are some other wasp sting home remedies.
- One very efficacious home remedy for wasp sting is aloe vera gel. Spread it on the affected area and keep it on for 10-15 minutes. Do it twice a day for reducing swelling, itching and inflammation on the stung skin part.
- Take a fresh flower of marigold and rub it on the injured skin. This is one of the simplest and natural wasp sting remedies.
- Interestingly, a copper coin may also act as a remedy for wasp sting. Place it on the stung part for a couple of minutes, for momentary relief.
- Take a slice of onion and rub it on the affected skin. It provides comfort and ease from tenderness and redness, and hence is one of the natural wasp sting remedies.
- Wasp venom is alkaline in nature. Its neutralization with acids like vinegar will ease the discomfort. Apply 1-2 drops of cider vinegar on the stung area for 20-25 minutes, and then rinse it off with water. Do it 3-4 times a day for fast relief.
- Following the above mentioned strategy of neutralization, take a teaspoon of baking soda or any other alkali and add 3-4 drops of water to it. Mix well so as to make a paste. Apply it on the stung area. Keep it overnight to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by wasp sting.
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