Bee stings can be a terrible thing to think about. Thankfully, for most people, they’re nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
This is especially true for honeybees because their stingers break off, staying in the victim’s skin and resulting in the death of the honeybee. This means that honeybees can only sting once in their lifetimes. Other stinging insects, like wasps, are more troublesome. Their stingers don’t break off after stinging, so they’re usually able to sting more than once.
No matter how many times they sting, that sting can still be extremely painful. This is why in this article, we’ll discuss the various home remedies you can use for bee stings.
Bee Stings: Signs of Allergy
Before we start, it’s crucial to know that there are people who have allergic reactions to bee stings. If you’re one of these people, please seek emergency aid immediately, rather than trying to treat the sting at home. An allergic reaction can lead to anaphylactic shock and, in some extremely severe cases, death.
People who are allergic to bee stings should always be treated by a professional. They may experience the following symptoms:
- Decreased blood pressure
- An increased or weak heartbeat
- Inflammation in areas other than the sting site
- Difficulty breathing
Regular symptoms of a bee sting include:
- Redness and inflammation around the sting site
Please note that it’s imperative to remove the stinger as soon as possible. Try doing this with the edge of a credit card or have someone with long, clean nails take it out. Once you’ve removed the stinger, clean the area to ensure that all the venom is out of your wound. This will also ensure that the treatment can easily reach the afflicted area.
If the pain you experience after the bee sting is manageable and your symptoms aren’t severe, then please use one of the remedies we share below.
Home Remedies for Bee Stings
There are, of course, different bee sting ointments and store-bought alternatives that you can use. If the pain doesn’t subside after trying a home treatment, you can try one. But why not try a home remedy first?
This bee sting remedy may seem ironic, but it really does help alleviate the pain. It also helps with healing and reduces itchiness. The best way to use it is to apply the honey to the affected area for 30 minutes, 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 the area, reducing any inflammation and numbing the sting site to ease the pain. As the ice melts, it will continue to wash your wound, removing any venom left behind.
Another popular bee sting remedy, which might sound a bit strange, involves meat tenderizer. Make a mixture of one part meat tenderizer to four parts of water. The papain in the meat tenderizer helps to disintegrate the protein found in bee venom, thus alleviating the pain and itchiness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar may also be beneficial in neutralizing the venom from a bee sting. There are two ways you can do this: either soak the affected area in a bowl of apple cider vinegar or apply a cloth drenched in vinegar to the site of the sting.
Tea Tree Oil
Considered to be antiseptic, tea tree oil can work really well for insect bites and bee stings. To use this method of bee sting relief, you need to add the tea tree oil to another base, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Then apply this mixture to the affected area.
The site of the bee sting may have some inflammation, which is why many suggest rubbing lavender oil into the wound. It can help reduce inflammation and even hives. However, as with tea tree oil, you need to mix lavender oil with a base oil before using it.
It might surprise you to find an ordinary household product like toothpaste among these home remedies for bee stings. The theory behind using toothpaste for bee stings is that since the bee venom is acidic and toothpaste is alkaline, the toothpaste neutralizes the venom, allowing the pain to subside along with the symptoms.
This is a cheap and easily accessible method of bee sting relief as all you have to do is apply the toothpaste 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. A good way to combat the venom and neutralize it is by mixing baking soda and water until it reaches a paste-like consistency.
Apply this paste in a thick layer on the site of the sting. Cover the paste with a loose bandage and leave it on for about 15 minutes. If the itchiness hasn’t gone away after 15 minutes, repeat the process a few more times.
The gel of the aloe vera plant has a soothing effect. This makes it an easy at-home remedy to reduce any discomfort caused by the bee sting.
Extracting the gel from the plant is simple. Cut a leaf off the aloe vera plant horizontally, as close to the base as you can without injuring the roots, which will allow you to get the largest and broadest part of the plant. The cut will expose the gel.
Continue cutting along the length of the leaf to expose a greater surface area with gel and rub this on the afflicted area. If the gel on the plant dries, you can scratch the surface to extract more.