Treat Bee, Hornet, and Wasp Stings Naturally

Find out how to prevent stings, new ways to treat bee, hornet, and wasp stings naturally and the steps to follow if someone has an allergic reaction.

| August 2018

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    If the individual is allergic, inject epinephrine, if available.
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    “The Natural First Aid Handbook” is a useful tool for natural remedies, treatments and emergency preparedness.
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If you do not like to use chemicals on your body and would like to use a more natural approach, The Natural First Aid Handbook (Storey Publishing, 2017) by Brigitte Mars, is the book for you. Find herbal and homeopathic treatments for common conditions as well as tips to be prepared for emergency situations. This excerpts can be found in chapter 2, “An A-Z Guide to Ailments and Injuries.”

Stings (Bee, Hornet, and Wasp)

Stings can be fatal. If you or someone with you experiences any of the signs of an allergic reaction listed below, seek immediate medical attention!

Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • The individual’s tongue swells
  • The individual is wheezing or has difficulty breathing
  • You observe skin flushing or a sudden-onset rash
  • The individual develops a severe cough
  • The individual complains of blurred vision
  • The individual vomits or -complains of nausea

While you wait for medical attention:

1. Remove the stinger. Being careful not to squeeze the venom sac at the base of the stinger, gently pull out the stinger by dragging the edge of a fingernail or a credit card across the imbedded stinger in the direction opposite from its entry. If this is ineffective, use tweezers. Remove the stinger as quickly as possible, as the venom sac can release poisons for 2 or 3 minutes.



2. If the individual is allergic, inject epinephrine, if available. If (and only if) the individual is allergic, check to see if she is carrying an automatic syringe (such as an EpiPen) that injects epinephrine. Many people who know they are allergic to bee stings carry them. The epinephrine will help dilate the airway and prevent anaphylactic shock.

At-Home First Aid for Stings (Bee, Hornet, and Wasp)

Remove the stinger, clean the wound, and then stop pain and swelling:

islander
9/11/2018 11:41:21 AM

@Robert I think the stinger can break off sometimes in insects where it's not "designed" to? I had a wasp's nest under my front porch when I was a kid and was stung five times at once, including 2-3 times by the same wasp because it was stuck in my clothes, and we had to pull out a stinger from one of the stings. If you flail around as you get stung, it would make sense that a hornet/wasp's stinger could break off and in that case I think it would make sense to remove it.


islander
9/11/2018 11:25:59 AM

@Robert I think the stinger can break off sometimes in insects where it's not "designed" to? I had a wasp's nest under my front porch when I was a kid and was stung five times at once, including 2-3 times by the same wasp because it was stuck in my clothes, and we had to pull out a stinger from one of the stings. If you flail around as you get stung, it would make sense that a hornet/wasp's stinger could break off and in that case I think it would make sense to remove it.


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