The pain and swelling around the site of a sting will usually go away in a few days without treatment. In the meantime, home remedies can reduce discomfort and speed the healing process.
However, if a person has an allergic reaction to a bee sting, they will need immediate medical attention. If the swelling spreads outward from the area of the sting, or if it occurs in other parts of the body, this indicates an allergic reaction. The truth is the more you work around bees and the more comfortable you get, the less stings you’ll receive-but you’ll always get some. Honey bees are quite gentle, and to sting is a suicide mission for them, so it’s not taken lightly. Some days your bees are crabby and you’ll get a couple of stings, but most days they are fine with letting you rip the roof off their home, expose their precious brood, and handle the frames holding their priceless pollen, nectar and honey.
The main cause behind the pain and swelling due to a bee sting is the protein in its venom, which affects the skin cells as well as the immune system. If a person is allergic to a bee sting, then it might create serious problems to the immune system.
Home remedies for Bee sting
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 bundle against the site of the sting
- hold the bundle in place for several minutes
- repeat as needed
2. Toothpaste :
Apply some toothpaste on the sting area. It will create a tingling sensation on the sting area, which will give relief from the burning pain. It’s unclear why toothpaste can help bee stings. Some people claim that alkaline toothpaste neutralizes acidic honeybee venom. If true, however, toothpaste won’t work on alkaline wasp venom.
Either way, toothpaste is an inexpensive and easy home remedy to try. Simply dab a bit on the affected area.
3. Baking Soda, Vinegar & Meat Tenderizer :
This is a good home remedy to put on a bee sting. Make a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and meat tenderizer. Apply this paste on the area, affected by the bee sting. Meat tenderizer contains papain, an enzyme, which breaks down the harmful toxins, attacking the skin. Apply the mixture for about 20 minutes, and then, remove. Repeat the process after every few hours.
4. Honey :
Honey works as a natural healer and provides relief from the pain, caused due to a bee sting. Cover the area with honey to get a quick relief.
5. Meat tenderizer
An enzyme in meat tenderizer called papain is also believed to help break down the protein that causes pain and itching.
6. Lavender Essential Oils :
You can apply lavender essential oil to the sting area as it quickly gives relief by neutralizing the effect of the venom.
7. Use Raw Potato or Onion:
If the sting does not induce extreme allergic reactions, you can choose to trust your Nani-Dadi kenuskhe to come in handy for some quick respite. Raw potato and onion have been used traditionally to treat the initial pain of stings. Both have anti-inflammatory properties
8. Calendula :
Crush some calendula flowers and extract its juice. Now, apply it on the bee sting to quickly relieve the inflammation.
9. Onion :
You can also apply onion juice on the bee sting.
10. Essential oils:
A number of essential oils have antiseptic, antibacterial, or antifungal properties.
Though essential oils have long been used in home remedies, there is little high-quality evidence to suggest that any can relieve the pain or swelling of a bee sting.
The following oils are often used in home remedies:
- tea tree oil
- witch hazel
- lavender oil
- thyme oil
- rosemary oil
For those times when you’re caught completely unprepared, mud will work just fine to help with the initial pain that comes with a sting.
Add enough water to dry dirt to make a thick but easily applicable mud. Cover the sting completely. When you get home, rinse clean and pay dry.
12. Baking soda:
Some people believe that baking soda neutralizes bee venom. However, no high-quality research suggests that baking soda can help relieve discomfort from a bee sting.
Baking soda can also damage the skin because it is very alkaline, so medical professionals tend not to recommend this remedy.
13. Bee Balm :
Apply crushed leaves of bee balm to get an instant relief from a bee sting.
Plaintain leaf (Plantago major) can also prove to be a great reliever of pain. You can place some leaves in between your fingers, if the sting is on one of the fingers or chew a few leaves for releasing its juice and then apply the leaves on to the stung area.10. Aloe VeraApart from its multiple skin benefits, aloe vera can also act as a soothing agent in relieving the pain of bee-sting. You just have break off a leaf and squeeze the gel directly onto the wound. The extract from the aloe vera leaf can be used for various other things as well.
People can usually manage their bee sting symptoms using over-the-counter creams and oral medications, including:
- hydrocortisone creams, which can help reduce redness, itching, swelling, and pain
- oral antihistamines, which can help reduce itching and redness
- pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, which can reduce pain and swelling
If a person has an extreme allergic reaction, they may need an epinephrine injection.