How to Remove the Stinger
Before using any of the treatments below it is important to remove the stinger that could be left behind by a bee or wasp. Here are a few things you can use.
Lightly scrape the area with a credit card and flick it away to remove both the stinger and venom sac left behind.
Use the stick end of the popsicle to flick the stinger and sac away from the skin, then apply the popsicle itself to the stung area to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
If the stinger is in too deep to be lightly brushed away, applying Preparation H to the area will help reduce the swelling skin around the stinger making it easier to remove. It will also provide relief for the stinging pain.
The tannic acid in tea bags can also help raise a stinger that is embedded in skin. An extra benefit is it will help relieve the stinging sensation as well.
Home Remedies for Bee and Wasp Stings
Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer
After removing the stinger combine some Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer with enough water to make a paste, then gently apply to the stung area. This will help relieve the pain.
Dampen the skin and rub an aspirin over the stung area (be sure you are not allergic to aspirin). This will help control swelling and/or inflammation.
Pure Baking soda will not only draw out the venom, but will also neutralize the sting. Make a paste of Pure Baking Soda combined with a little water. Apply to sting and then cover it with a band aid.
Deodorants that contain aluminum chlorohydrate (such as Ban Roll-on) work well for removing the pain and swelling of a bee or wasp sting. Simply rub some of the roll-on (a spray will work as well if it contains the above ingredients) and the pain will disappear almost immediately.
Make a home made ice pack by throwing some ice cubes in a Ziploc bag, wrapping it in a paper towel and placing it over the stung area. The ice will help ease the pain and reduce the swelling.
A paste made from water and sugar will help neutralize the poison from the stinger. Apply this paste to the stung area and leave on for a few minutes.
The tannic acid in tea bags works great for getting rid of the stinging pain. Also in many cases it will help draw the stinger to the surface of the skin if you cannot get to it easily.
Applying some white vinegar with a cotton ball will also relieve pain from a bee or wasp sting.
Applying some Listerine mouthwash to a bee sting will help relieve the pain almost instantly! It helps to disinfect the wound as well.
Putting some orajel on the sting will instantly numb the pain of the bee or wasp sting.
Applying some Pepto Bismol to the stung area will also help to relieve pain and itching.
When To See a Doctor
In some cases a person might not be aware that they are allergic to bee or wasp stings if they have never been stung before. It is important to get emergency medical treatment if a person who has been stung has any of the following symptoms:
• Difficulty in swallowing or wheezing
• Has difficulty breathing
• There is swelling of the throat, face or mouth tissue
• Becomes anxious or restless
• Experiences a sharp drop in blood pressure
• Experiences dizziness
• Has a rapid pulse
• Gets a rash or hives that spreads to areas beyond the stung area
Under these circumstances have the person take an antihistamine such as Benadryl as soon as possible and get emergency care immediately.
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