Bee stings can be a daunting experience to think about, however, for most people, they are nothing more than a minor inconvenience. This is especially true for honey bees because after bees sting someone their stingers break off and embed the person’s skin. And since the breaking of the stinger results in the death of the honey bee, their ability to sting is limited to once in a lifetime. Other species of bee-like insects such as wasps, however, are more troublesome as their stingers do not break off after they sting someone so they usually are able to sting more than once.
Yet despite the fact that bees sting only once, the sting can still be extremely painful. Which is why in this article we will discuss the various home remedies for bee stings. There are, of course, store-bought alternatives, different bee sting ointments, that you can use for pain relief. And you can make use of them if the pain does not subside after trying a home treatment. But why not try a home remedy first?
Before we start, though, it is crucial that you know that there are people who suffer from an allergic reaction to a bee sting. In case you are one of them, please seek out emergency aid immediately as opposed to treating the sting at home. Because your allergic reaction can lead to anaphylactic shocks and in some extremely severe cases even death.
People allergic to bee stings will experience the following symptoms and should always opt to be treated by a professional:
- Dip in blood pressure
- Spike in heartbeat
- Inflammation of areas other than the sting site
- Breaking out into hives
Regular symptoms of a bee sting include:
- Inflammation of and around the area where the bee stung you
If the pain you experience after the bee sting is manageable and the symptoms are not severe then please go on to use one of the remedies we will tell you about below. Just note that it is imperative to remove the bee stinger as soon as possible. Try doing this with the edge of a card or have someone with long, clean nails take it out. And once the stringer has been removed press or pinch the area to ensure that all the venom left behind from the stinger is out of your wound and the treatment you are about to apply can easily reach the afflicted area. Only then are you can start the treatment of the affected area with the remedies mentioned below.
This bee sting remedy may seem ironic but it really does help alleviate the pain. It also helps in the healing process and reduces itchiness. The best way to use it is to apply the honey to the affected area for an hour covering it with a loose bandage.
A simple yet effective way to treat a bee sting is to apply ice to the afflicted area. The ice will cool down the area allowing for any inflammation to go down and numbs the sting site to ensure that alleviation of pain. Also, as the ice melts it continues to wash out any venom that may have been left behind even after you have removed the stinger and attempted to get all of the venoms out of your wound.
Another popular yet strange bee sting remedy is making a mixture out of one part meat tenderizer and four parts of water. It is said to provide bee sting itch relief as there is a compound known as papain in the meat tenderizer that causes the disintegration of the protein found in bee venom thus alleviating the pain.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It is said that the use of vinegar may also be beneficial in neutralizing the venom from a bee’s sting. There two ways how you can do this bee sting relief treatment. Either soak the affected area in a bowl of apple cider vinegar. Or apply a cloth drenched in the vinegar to the site of the sting.
Tea Tree Oil
Considered to be antiseptic tea tree oil is said to work really well for insect bites and bee stings. To use this method of bee sting relief you need to add the oil to another base such as coconut oil or olive oil and rub the mixture to the affected area.
The site of the bee sting may suffer from some inflammation, which is why lavender oil is often suggested to be rubbed into the wound. It is said to help subside inflammation and even hives. However, lavender oil also needs to be added to base oil before using it.
It might surprise some to find an ordinary household product such as toothpaste among the methods that are considered to be what’s good for bee stings. The theory behind using toothpaste for bee stings is that since the bee venom is acidic in nature and toothpaste is alkaline this results in the venom being neutralized by the toothpaste thus allowing the pain to subside along with the symptoms. It is a cheap and easily accessible method of bee sting relief as all you have to do is apply it from the tube directly to the afflicted area.
When a bee stings it releases venom into your body that leads to pain, inflammation, and itchiness. So a good way to combat the venom and neutralize it is mixing baking soda and water until it reaches a paste-like consistency and applying this paste in a thick layer on the site of the sting. Then cover the paste with a loose bandage and leave it on for about 15 minutes. If the bee sting itch isn’t alleviated within the 15 minutes, you can repeat the process a few more times.
The aloe vera plant’s gel is known to have a soothing effect thus it is easy at home remedy to alleviate any discomfort caused by the bee sting. The way to extract the gel from the plant is simple. Cut on a leaf of the aloe vera plant horizontally as close to the base as you can without injuring the roots, this allows you to get the biggest and broadest part of the plant. The cut will expose the gel. Once that happens continue cutting along the length of the leaf to further expose a greater surface area of the gel and rub it on the sting-afflicted area. If the gel dries out use your fingernails to scratch the surface to extract more.