Treat Bee Stings At Home

Treat Bee Stings At Home

When the sun goes out of the scene and the coats are thrown away, the summer news comes in. The weather that you wait for months for all outdoorsy activities and enjoying the garden and supper times. Many of us have been a victim to the wrath of a bee sting especially if you are a nature lover. Farmers and people who are fond of gardening working with blooming plants get stung often.

The bee’s hind end contains a sac that holds venom. Ever wondered why do bees sting after all?

The wonderopolis.org answers it rightly,

“Honeybees vigorously defend their hives from perceived threats. If you stumble upon a honey bee hive and the bees sense you as a threat, they will actively attack and try to sting you. When honey bees sting, pheromones are released that can incite other nearby bees to join the attack. One stinging bee can turn into hundreds or even thousands of stinging bees in just a short time.

When a bee stings you, its sharp, barbed stinger pierces the skin to inject venom called apitoxin. In most cases, the stinger’s barbed end gets stuck in the victim’s skin and tears loose from the bee’s abdomen. Not only does the stinging bee leave behind its stinger, but it also leaves behind part of its abdomen, digestive tract, muscles and nerves. This massive injury is what kills the bee. The part of the stinger left in the skin can continue to pump venom into the victim for up to 10 minutes or until it is removed.”

Read more about the bee sting here

Garlic

It is touted as one of the best remedies from the kitchen for relieving pain caused by a sting. Press crushed garlic against the stung site to release garlic juices.

Lavender essential oil neutralizes venom instantly.

Baking Soda

Soda/Bicarbonate is known to do wonders for almost every ailment. It is a forever remedy. Form a paste of baking soda and water and chalk on the skin. Let it stay on the sting site need not wash. Baking soda will help to neutralize the acidic venom.

Apple cider vinegar

It is an age-old remedy. It is applied as a fast pain reliever. Simply take a cotton swab and dab on the swollen skin.

Honey

The uses and benefits of honey are unlimited. It acts as an antiseptic which works best for bee stings. Apply it directly on the stung area. You may add turmeric for added benefits i.e, reducing swelling.

Mud

It is an ancient remedy for its cooling after effects. It helps soothe the hot and burning chili like sensation on the skin surface. It will reduce pain and redness. Form a thick paste of mud and water, apply to the bee sting and let it dry. Wash off when the swelling is gone.

Meat tenderizer

It contains an enzyme/latex called papain found in papaya fruit that breaks down the toxins in the venom. Combine vinegar, baking soda and meat tenderizer in the form of a paste and apply on the sting.

Toothpaste

Baking soda is the base of a toothpaste helps greatly to soothe stung site. The glycerin found in most toothpaste dries out the venom. The alkalinity of a toothpaste neutralizes the acid inside a bee sting.

Ice

It numbs the affected area and reduces swelling. It constricts vessels and slows down the flow of venom in the blood. By numbing the sting it gets rid of itch and pain as well.

 

The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.

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