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Bee Sting Treatment - Home Remedies To Treat Bee Sting

There are numerous stinging insects in the United States, and not all of them are bees. Hornets, yellow jackets, wasps, spiders, and some species of ants can also inflict painful stings. In some people, honeybee and yellow jacket stings can cause more serious reactions than the stings of hornets and wasps. When an insect stings, it injects venom through a stinger into the victim. Bees generally leave their stingers behind at the sting site; wasps most often do not. Usually, a stinging insect attacks because it is trying to protect itself, or its territory, from danger. This is why a person who stumbles on a beehive may end up receiving multiple stings from the hive's residents. Most stings cause localized swelling, redness, and acute pain that may throb or burn. This is a reaction to the insect's venom. However, some people are highly allergic to insect venom, and if they are stung, a very severe reaction can occur.

Causes of Bee Sting

When a bee or wasp bites, it injects its venom just under the skin surface. There is a sharp pain, localized swelling and redness. The pain may last for a couple of hours, or even a day or two. Swallowing a bee will result in the bee stinging the vocal cords. This results in a swelling inside the throat, which causes discomfort in breathing that could have a fatal outcome. A bite in front of the ear can cause the venom to be injected into the facial nerve that lies just below the skin surface, causing local facial paralysis. Multiple bee stings cause cells in the area to break up and disintegrate, releasing destructive debris and metabolites that are carried away by the circulation, to be filtered out by the kidney. The kidney tubules and blood vessels get overloaded and blocked, leading to irreversible kidney failure, resulting in an overall shutdown of other systems too-which can, and often does, have a fatal outcome.

Symptoms of Bee Sting

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, labored breathing, weakness, confusion, severe swelling, and a feeling of impending disaster. People who are highly allergic to insect stings can experience anaphylactic shock, which can lead to unconsciousness and, in extreme circumstances, death. Anaphylactic shock can cause symptoms such as bluish skin, coughing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, hives, nausea, severely swollen eyes, lips or tongue, stomach cramps, and wheezing.

Bee Sting
Bee and wasp stings are more likely to cause allergic reactions than other kinds of insect bites.

Home remedies for the Bee Sting treatment

  • Wash the area with cold water and place an ice cube on it. Then apply a little salt to it. Rub it in, but not hard enough to push the sting in. Carefully scrape off the skin with a blunt knife and remove the sting with a tweezer. Do not squeeze it as that will cause the residual venom to be re-injected into the skin.
  • Take echinacea and/or goldenseal in tea or capsule form to boost immune function. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and functions well as a poultice. It reduces inflammation and prevents infection. Helps to treat bee sting
  • Juniper tea cleanses the venom from your internal system and can also make an excellent external poultice when the berries are crushed and applied to the sting.
  • A bee sting or ant bite also feels better if a paste of baking soda and water is applied on it. Parsley juice or honey smoothed on the swelling will also relieve irritation.
  • Drink as much yellow dock tea as you can, or take 2 capsules of yellow dock every hour until symptoms are relieved.
  • Make a paste by adding a bit of cool water to baking soda, a crushed aspirin, or a crushed papaya enzyme tablet, and apply the mixture to the sting.
  • Apply an ice compress to the sting area a few minutes every two hours for the first day after you've been stung. Not only will you reduce the swelling and pain from the sting, but you will be stopping the spread of venom.
  • Apply lavender oil to the sting area to reduce inflammation and pain.

Bee Sting Prevention

  • Never aim a blow at a wasps' or bees' nest or attempt to throw them because the insects will immediately attack.
  • Close the windows in the house and the car to keep the insects out.
  • To avoid bee stings, wear plain, light-colored clothing. Also avoid wearing clothing that is flowered or dark­colored; perfume, suntan lotion, hair spray, or anything scented; shiny jewelry; and open sandals or loose-fitting clothes.
  • Insect repellents are effective.

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