Getting stung by a bee is no fun and the pain can last for a few hours. For some, a bee sting may even be deadly. Obviously, home remedies for bee stings are are not a substitute for an epipen; please seek immediate medical attention if you are prone to severe allergic reaction.
Here are a few home remedies for bee stings to try to which should help with pain relief
First make sure the stinger is removed. The bee’s stinger can be identified by a black spot in area that was stung. Removing the stinger should be done right away to prevent more venom released into the body. The easiest method is by scraping it out with the edge of a credit card or the back side of your survival knife.
Wash the afflicted area with soap and water then try one or more of these home remedies or treatment below for pain relief.
- Make a paste of meat tenderizer and water or baking soda and water–apply to sting.
- Cover the area with mud and let dry.
- Cover with a thick paste made of meat tenderizer and vinegar.
- Cover the sting honey and reapply as needed for pain.
- Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply until the pain subsides.
- Soak or saturate with fully dissolved and properly diluted Epsom salt and water.
A normal reaction is to experience pain and itchiness, redness, and swelling. Pain can and probably will last for a few hours before disappearing.
If the reaction to a bee sting seems severe, especially if tongue swelling and breathing is affected, do not delay; call medical emergency services ASAP. The victim may be experiencing an allergic reaction that can trigger anaphylactic shock.
When to seek medical attention
- If it stung on your eye or inside your nose or mouth.
- Hives or a rash appears (especially in an area away from the sting).
- If you were stung several times by many bees.
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
- Abdominal pain
- Angioedema (swelling similar to hives, but the swelling is beneath the skin instead of on the surface)
- Swallowing and breathing difficulties.
- Slurred speech or you find it difficult to talk.
- Tongue swelling
Anaphylaxis may begin with severe itching of the eyes or face and, within minutes, progress to more serious symptoms. If you have symptoms of anaphylaxis, seek emergency medical attention immediately. The condition can quickly result in an increased heart rate, sudden weakness, a drop in blood pressure, shock, and ultimately unconsciousness and death.
Before you need to frantically search for a home remedy, a precautionary tale:
Try to avoid being stung by lessing their attraction to you. Bee’s, being the mighty pollinators and flower scouts they are, love bright colors and sweet smells. Avoid wearing bright clothing, fragrances, perfumes and cosmetics. Sweet foods like fruits and syrups can attract them too.
Do not panic! Yes, if you are prone to being stung, swinging, swatting and screaming may seem like a rational behavior but honestly, freaking out, to the bee, is a sign of aggression. An aggression so scary to them that they are willing to die for your fit.
Bees are not our enemy: In fact, we need bees very much to pollinate our plants and flowers. Honey is one of the most beneficial foods known to the natural health community and aids in wound healing by fighting bacteria and preventing infection.
Albert Einstein is attributed with the following quote on bees: