6 Home Remedies To Treat Bee Stings

  • For most people, a bee sting is just a nuisance. You may experience temporary sharp pain, swelling, redness, warmth, and itching at the sting site, but no serious complications.
  • Unless you’re allergic to bees or experiencing signs of a severe allergic reaction, you can treat most bee stings at home.
  • First step- If a honeybee stings you, remove the stinger immediately with the edge of your fingernail or the edge of a credit card. This helps curb the amount of toxins released into your skin.
  • Next step- Wash the sting site with soap and water. Icing the sting site is the most effective way to reduce venom absorption. It also can help reduce swelling.
  • The home remedies that may help relieve bee sting symptoms are:
  • 1. Honey- Honey can help with wound healing, pain and itching. Apply a small amount to the affected area, cover it with a loose bandage and leave on for up to an hour.
  • 2. Baking soda- A paste made of baking soda and water can help neutralize bee venom to reduce pain, itching, and swelling. Apply the mix to the affected area, cover with a bandage and leave it on for at least 15 minutes.
  • 3. Apple Cider Vinegar- Soak the sting site in a basin of apple cider vinegar for at least 15 minutes. You can also soak a bandage or cloth in the vinegar and then apply it to the sting site.
  • 4. Toothpaste- Many claim that alkaline toothpaste neutralizes the acidic bee venom. Dab a small amount onto the affected area and let it sit for sometime.
  • 5. Meat Tenderizer- An enzyme in meat tenderizer, papain, is said to break down the protein that causes pain and itching. Add one part tenderizer to four parts water and let it sit on the affected area for 30 minutes.
  • 6. Wet Aspirin Tablet- A popular home remedy for reducing the pain and swelling of a bee sting is to apply a wet aspirin or aspirin paste to the sting site.
  • 7. Herbs and Essential oils- Other soothing agents like aloe vera, calendula cream, tea tree oil, lavender essential oil and witch hazel can also be applied to ease the pain, swelling and itching.
  • However, if you have any signs of a severe reaction to a bee sting or have been stung multiple times and the symptoms worsen over 2-3 days, get emergency help.

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