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Bee sting treatment - How to treat a bee sting at home

For ordinary bee stings that do not cause an allergic reaction, home treatment is enough. On the other hand,  an allergic reaction or multiple stings can be a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

Bee sting treatment - How to treat a bee sting at home
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Bee sting - Toxic substances:

  • Enzymes;
  • Hemolytic agents;
  • Neurotoxin;
  • Vasodilator   

Bee sting Symptoms:

  • Local pain;
  • Burning sensation;
  • Whiteness at the site of sting;
  • Swelling and redness;
  • Multiple stings may cause generalized swelling,
  • Respiratory distress, and shock;
  • Rarely death.   

Bee sting Treatment:

1. Keep calm.
2. Carefully but fast remove the stinger. It takes seconds for all of the venom to enter your body. Get the stinger out any way you can, such as with your fingernails or a tweezer.
3. Wash the sting area with soap and water.
4. Apply ice cubes or something cold.
5. Administer oral antihistamines and analgesics as needed.
6. Multiple stings or allergy may require immediate hospitalization.

Avoid scratching the sting area. This will worsen itching and swelling and increase your risk of infection.

Most people do not experience severe reactions to bee stings, but the bitten person can develop more serious symptoms. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, or if the person has been stung multiple times – particularly if he or she is a child – seek medical attention immediately.

Home remedies for bee stings

Most home treatments for bee sting symptoms aren’t supported by scientific research!!!
Using them is at your own risk.

  • Honey - helps with wound healing, pain, and itching.
  • Baking soda + water paste - neutralize bee venom, reduces pain, itching, and swelling.
  • Apple cider vinegar - neutralizes bee venom.
  • Toothpaste – according to some, alkaline toothpaste neutralizes acidic honeybee venom. However, toothpaste doesn’t work on alkaline wasp venom.
  • Wet aspirin tablet – 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.


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