A bee sting can result in a painful, swollen bump. In most cases, bee stings can be easily treated at home. The pain and swelling around the sting site usually goes away within a few days without treatment. In the meantime, home remedies can reduce discomfort and speed up the healing process. However, if a person has an allergic reaction to a bee sting, they need immediate medical attention. If the swelling extends outside the area of the bite, or if it occurs in other parts of the body, this indicates an allergic reaction. In this article, we describe home remedies that can calm bee stings.
Eight home remedies for bee stings
Before using any remedy, inspect the site of the bite. If the bee stinger is still in the skin, remove it by wiping the area with gauze or scraping it with a fingernail. Do not squeeze the stinger by hand or with tweezers. Honeybees can only sting once because they leave their stinger behind. Removing the stinger and its venom sac from the skin will prevent further irritation.
Below are home remedies that relieve swelling and pain caused by stings. ‘bees and explore related searches:
Ice may reduce pain and swelling.
Immediately after a bee sting, wash the area thoroughly to remove any remaining bee venom. Then apply ice to reduce pain and swelling:
– wrap an ice pack, or a bag of ice or frozen vegetables in a cloth
– place the package against the sting site
– hold the package in place for several minutes – repeat the operation if necessary.
Always use a cloth to protect the skin from ice. Ice can damage the skin if it touches it directly.
2. Essential oils
A number of essential oils have antiseptic, antibacterial or antifungal properties.
The following oils are often used in home remedies:
– tea tree oil
– witch hazel
– lavender oil
– thyme oil – rosemary oil Before applying any essential oil to the skin, mix it with a neutral carrier oil, such as olive oil. Typically, the mix is about one drop of essential oil to four or five drops of carrier oil.
3. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is a plant-based gel that naturally soothes and moisturizes the skin. According to a study by 801, aloe vera extract has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Spreading some gel on the bee sting can reduce swelling and help prevent the site from becoming infected. Aloe vera gel is available for purchase at many pharmacies and online.
4. Calamine Lotion
Calamine Lotion is often used to relieve itchy skin. It can also help reduce the pain and itching caused by a bee or wasp sting. If the site of the itchy bite, try applying a little calamine lotion. You can buy it in health stores or online.
Honey can fight inflammation and reduce swelling. Honey has many medicinal properties. It contains compounds that fight inflammation, so it may help reduce swelling. The natural antibacterial agents in honey can also help prevent infections and speed healing. For these reasons, some medical professionals use honey extracts in dressings. Try smearing a small amount of honey on the bite. Do it indoors, so that the smell of honey does not attract other bees.
6. Baking soda
Some people use baking soda to neutralize bee venom. However, there is little quality research to suggest that baking soda can help relieve the discomfort of a bee sting. Baking soda can also damage the skin as it is very alkaline, so medical professionals tend not to recommend this remedy.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Some people claim that apple cider vinegar can help reduce the swelling from a bee sting. However, clinical research has yet to show that apple cider vinegar can really help relieve the effects of a bee sting. It’s safe anyway and if you don’t have anything else on hand.. it’s always better than nothing.
An unconventional home remedy is to smear alkaline toothpaste on the site of the bite to neutralize the venom. To try it, smear a small amount of toothpaste on the bite site, but proceed with caution. The skin may react to the toothpaste, especially if left on for long periods of time. At the slightest sign of a reaction, rinse off the toothpaste immediately.
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