Home Remedies for Bee Stings

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Getting stung by a bee can be painful for some people and sometimes the pain can last for a certain period of time if not immediately treated. Some people are deathly allergic to bees and they can go into anaphylactic shock if they do not get immediate medical help. Many people that are allergic to bees carry a needle-like large medical allergy pen around with them when the bees are out in season just incase of emergency.

These pens need to be inserted immediately into the designated area stated on the pen to save this person from a life threatening attack or shock.

Seek immediate medical advice if:

•    If you cannot breath properly after a bee sting
•    If the bee has stung your mouth, eyes, throat, or any other area that may be of concern.
•    If you feel sick to your stomach.
•    If you feel light headed and dizzy.
•    Your speech is impaired.
•    A skin reaction appears such as rash (red spots) or hives(red skin bumps)
•    If your eyesight has seemed to change i.e. blurred vision

The symptoms of a bee sting may last a few hours and can be:

•    Itchiness
•    Inflammation of the skin
•    Redness and swelling of the skin

When treating the spot with bee sting remedies make sure that the bee’s stinger has fallen out. If it has not fallen off and seems it is stuck within the skin, use sanitized tweezers to remove it. If this is at home, sanitize the tweezers under hot water and clean them first.

Home remedies for bee stings include:

•    Use baking soda and mix it with some water. Apply the paste to the bee sting a few times and let it sit. This should bring down the swelling and inflammation.
•    Get a slice of onion and place it on the sting. Although it may sound strange it will reduce the swelling and pain of the bee sting.
•    Use Witch Hazel for bee stings. This is a great product to have in the home and always handy for sprains, bruises, insect bites, stings and more. It will cool the itching and burning feeling, and minimize the swelling of the sting.
•    Use ice to decrease the inflammation. Place ice in a cloth and wrap it. Apply to the sting and cool it down. Cooling helps reduce swelling, as well as to numb the pain.
•    Use a bit of deodorant as a home remedy for bee stings, or Talcum Powder to reduce redness and inflammation.

If the pain continues and if the swelling is increasing, or if there is any other concern you may have, go to a walk in clinic or emergency to have it looked out. It is poison that has entered your body and you don’t want to take any chances. Venom and poison can have a serious effect on our bodies and it is better to get rid of it, and make sure there are no further complications or risks.

Article Last Modified Sunday, April 4, 2010
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