It might not seem important right now but knowing how to treat bee stings may come handy one day. There is a misconception that when they start buzzing around a person, they are positioning themselves to attack. Not all bees sting, and many of them do not use this defense mechanism unless you provoke them. Nonetheless, there is no harm in being more careful since bee punctures are painful, uncomfortable, and sometimes deadly. Knowing some immediate bee sting remedies will be helpful in most situations.
How to Treat Bee Stings Immediately
(A word of caution: If you have an allergy to bee stings, seek a doctor as soon as possible.)
Bee Sting Treatment
The initial reaction to stings is the pain, swelling, itching, and redness of the affected part. These are not serious threats to the skin and is subject for easy treatment. In treating these mild reactions, the initial step is to wash the area with soap thoroughly. This will help remove the injected venom from the sting. If the bee’s stinger is still attached to the skin, one can simply pull it out by using the fingernails or a pair of tweezers.
After cleaning, apply ice to the area or drop lavender oil directly on the sting. Another remedy one can use is a homemade rub of beeswax, coconut oil, and honey. After smearing these on the skin, let it cool off, and cover with a bandage to avoid further irritation and infection.
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A More Intense Reaction to Bee Stings
However, there are more life-threatening symptoms to bee sting infection and allergic reaction also called anaphylaxis. Effects to watch out for are dizziness, wheezing, stomach cramps, rashes, breathing difficulties, and nausea. Upon the first sign of these symptoms, immediately wash the affected area and remove the stinger and any other parts of the bee left on the skin. As much as possible, do not pinch the stinger as doing so will only release more venom.
The next step is to apply an ice-cold compress to prevent further swelling and bloating of the area. Afterward, take aspirin or acetaminophen, if present at home, to relieve the pain and antihistamine drugs to reduce the itching and swelling. But before ingesting these, make sure they are given in the right dosages to avoid other health complications. If you are not sure about these medications or lack the needed first-aid drugs and treatment, it is best to call for medical help.
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Here’s a video by WaysAndHow on how to treat bee stings at home:
Every prepper or homesteader knows this much, but no matter how helpful and miniature they are, bees are some of the most feared animals for the simple reason that they sting. Usually, it takes two to five days for the sting to heal, depending on the gravity of irritation. It will take longer periods of medication if the person is allergic to the venom. To stave off all this pain and hassle, keep in mind that you should be wary of your surroundings, especially when you can hear a buzzing sound.
Do you know other ways to treat bee stings? Tell us your tips and remedies in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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