Home Remedies for Bee Stings

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Ouch! Did you just get stung by a bee? It can hurt, but there are some ways to reduce the symptoms. Yesterday our blog provided first aid for a bee sting and today is followed by a list of home remedies for bee stings and their effectiveness.

Home Remedy 1: Ice

  • Apply ice wrapped in fabric to the bee sting for 20 minutes.
  • The symptoms should disappear almost immediately, and stop bothering you for about 5 hours before you need to reapply. The coldness constricts blood vessels (which slows the flow of venom-tainted blood) and numbs the pain and itching.

Home Remedy 2: Toothpaste

  • Apply toothpaste on the bee sting. The tingling action will make you feel like you're scratching the itch, which is relieving.
  • Wait 15 minutes for the symptoms to be alleviated.
  • Reapply in 5 hours.

Home Remedy 3: Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Meat Tenderizer

  • Mix vinegar, baking soda, and meat tenderizer into a paste.
  • Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme called papain that can break down toxins in bee venom.
  • This mixture will make you smell like an antipasto sampler.
  • Apply it to the bee sting. It will fizz.
  • Wait 20 minutes for the symptoms to subside; they should disappear about an hour after application.
  • Reapply after several hours.

Home Remedy 4: Calamine Lotion with Analgesic

  • Apply a calamine lotion with analgesic (e.g. Caladryl). You'll start feeling a soothing tingle.
  • Wait 45 minutes for the symptoms to be relieved.
  • Reapply 4 hours later. The symptoms will return suddenly, unlike with other remedies.

Home Remedy 5: Hydrocortisone Cream

  • Apply maximum strength hydrocortisone cream on the sting site. It'll dry visibly white.
  • Expect the symptoms to be slightly relieved.
  • Reapply after four hours, when the symptoms return full-force.

Home Remedy 6: Honey

  • Apply honey on the bee sting.
  • Expect the cool and soothing sensation to alleviate the symptoms slightly for 30 minutes.

Home Remedy 7: Antihistamines

  • Apply an antihistamine cream to the bee sting. Most creams are odorless and dry invisibly, which can be beneficial depending on your situation.
  • Expect the symptoms to be relieved slightly for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Home Remedy 8: Benzocaine Sticks

  • Rub the stick against the bee sting. The Benzocaine deadens nerve endings, and the sticks are convenient to carry, although the relief is brief.
  • Expect slight relief for 15 minutes.

Home Remedy 9: Deodorant

  • Apply a deodorant (such as Ban Roll-On) on the site.
  • Expect for the symptoms to be displaced, rather than relieved. The area immediately surrounding the sting will be soothed, but the area surrounding that might get worse.

Home Remedy 10: Raw Onion

  • Hold a slice of raw onion on your sting at your own risk.
  • Prepare for the possibility that the symptoms will get worse, and you'll smell.

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Warning: Consult your physician if you are noticing more severe symptoms to stings.


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