Bee and Wasp Sting: What to Do and 18 Home Remedies That Can Help

Have you been stung by a bee or wasp? During spring and summer we spend more time outdoors and it coincides with a period when both bees and wasps are more active.

According to the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC), people in good health can withstand up to 25 bites and it is estimated that the lethal dose for a healthy adult is 500 bites, while for children that limit is set at 100 bites.

In this post we tell you the most important things to keep in mind in case you or someone else suffers a wasp or abjea sting.

How to avoid wasp and abenas stings?

Wasps and bees will only sting us if they are in danger, threatened.

If you see that there are any nearby, avoid making loud noises, sudden movements and scare them away. Just try to ignore them (and yes, I know it can be difficult sometimes…).

And if you are going to go to the field, avoid wearing garish colors and perfume (includes scented cosmetics, such as deodorant, creams, hair products, etc.) because in both cases they are attracted.

Obviously, people who know they have an allergy to these insects should be especially careful.

Food, and especially fruits, attract them too. If you go on a picnic, surely one of them will appear to pay you a visit.

As we will see, most of the bites of these heminoptera are not serious, although they can cause some discomfort that, luckily, does not last long and we can also alleviate it with some very simple actions that I will tell you below.

How to know if you have been stung by a bee or a wasp, most common symptoms

In healthy people , the SEAIC highlights three immediate reactions to the venom in the area of ​​the bite:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Redness

These symptoms can be seen within a radius of less than 10 cm around the bite and symptoms can last for several hours .

To these symptoms that appear immediately after the bite, it can be added, for example:

  • The sting area hardens
  • The swollen area around the bite is larger and this swelling lasts for more than 24 hours

In people allergic to wasp or bee sting :

  • Just one sting can cause anaphylaxis. The anaphylactic reaction consists of shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, hives on the skin, etc. It is very important to provide medication for these cases as soon as possible and you must go to a hospital urgently to seek medical help and follow up.

An adult is more likely to have a more severe reaction in the second and successive wasp and bee stings than in children.

Fortunately, we can turn to home and natural remedies to alleviate the bite of these insects . When the bee stings, it leaves the stinger on the skin, so it will have to be carefully removed. The wasp sting is especially very painful and a strong burning or burning sensation is experienced in the affected area, even several hours after the sting.

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Home remedies for wasp and bee sting

In mild cases, we can implement some actions that will help alleviate the symptoms:

  • Wash the area and observe whether or not there is a stinger (bees are the ones that leave a stinger), if so, remove it with tweezers or by pressing the sides to make it come out.
  • Ice has a great calming power, put one or two ice cubes in the area.
  • The sage leaves combat itching and discomfort, Mash them and apply them locally ..
  • With a few drops of apple cider vinegar we help reduce inflammation, especially in the sting of wasps.
  • Applying a slice of raw potato on the area calms the discomfort.
  • The natural aloe vera or aloe vera gel relieves itching and refreshes the area.
  • Crush some basil leaves and put them on the bite. You can hold them with a gauze.
  • Mix a little water with bicarbonate and make a paste that you will apply on the sting, soothe the discomfort of the bee sting.
  • Another home remedy to relieve inflammation is the application of mustard .
  • Calendula oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and prevents itching.
  • A few parsley leaves relieve and improve symptoms and inflammation.
  • The lavender essential oil reduces inflammation, relieves pain and itching. Dilute it with a base oil (sweet almonds, jojoba, olive, argan, etc.) and apply it on the area.
  • If you are in the field, apply mud on the bite to alleviate the symptoms.
  • A few drops of tea tree essential oil diluted in water will help us disinfect the area.
  • Cut a garlic in half lengthwise and apply it on the bite, it reduces swelling, pain and itching ..
  • A few drops of lemon can neutralize the wasp venom.
  • Putting a piece of onion is of great relief, both for pain and for the rest of the symptoms.
  • Applying papaya is another natural remedy to relieve bee sting symptoms.
  • Put witch hazel oil or crushed flowers on the bite to eliminate pain, inflammation, and itchiness

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