Help! I got stung!
Your child runs up to you with tears and a look of pain, holding out a hand or foot to you.
What do you do?
- For honeybees, remove the stinger as soon as you can. It doesn’t matter how you do it, either by finger or by scraping it off with a credit card, just get it out before it fully empties into the skin.
- Ice the sting site. This is the best treatment for immediate relief.
- Sssting Stop is a wonderful homeopathic remedy for both stings and bug bites. Available at health food stores or on the web.
- Plantain grows in many yards, and makes a super poultice for stings and bites. Chew up a couple of leaves and apply to the sting.
- Salt paste on the sting will help to draw out the venom.
- A paste of baking soda and water will help with the pain and swelling.
- Apply vinegar to the site.
- Make a paste of meat tenderizer and apply. Papain in the tenderizer will help break down the toxins.
- If there is difficulty in breathing or dizziness and nausea, seek medical advice. If you don’t know if your child is allergic to honeybee venom, watch for swelling in the throat that might affect breathing. Knowing if it was a bee or a wasp that stung them is helpful. One easy way to tell the difference is that honeybees are fuzzy, not shiny.
- Wash the sting site with soap and water to avoid an infection. Wasp stings can get infected from bacteria carried by the wasp from feces, so keep an eye on any sting that hasn’t healed in a day.
I guess if a guy wanted to experiment, he could make a paste of meat tenderizer, salt, and baking soda, adding the vinegar right before applying. Hmm…
Knowing how to treat a sting or multiple stings with common household items is a handy thing to know.
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