What you need to Know about Wasp Sting Treatment

November 12, 2012

What you need to Know about Wasp Sting Treatment

Unlike honey bees, wasps don’t leave their stinger in you. Thank goodness most people don’t have a problem with wasp stings. This sting usually leaves a mild reaction at the site of the sting with a little bit of pain or irritation, inflammation and redness. For individuals who are allergic, this can be a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis that calls for immediate medical attention. This allergic response can present with swollen tongue, lips, throat, face. Sometimes a rash can appear all over the body and may be in the form of hives. If the allergic response is extreme, the person may experience respiratory failure and become unconscious. Otherwise, wasp sting treatment can be done at home and is very easy to do.

Wasp sting treatment can be done as a home remedy and everything you need should be available around your household. First thing to do is get some ice cubes or cold pack if you have one. Today, there are cold/hot packs available that you can heat in the microwave for a warm pack or put in the freezer for make a cold pack. These are really nice and not all that expensive and last for years to come. However, ice will do the trick. Take a couple of ice cubes and wrap them in a wash or dish cloth and press over the sting area. Keep your pack there for about 15 minutes. Don’t put the ice directly on the wound. You don’t want to freeze that area just cool it down. This will slow down the immune response and help to prevent over inflammation damage. Once you have done that, you want to wash the area with a mild soap and water. Make sure to dry the area well but don’t irritate the area. Be gentle. If you have some antihistamine cream or ointment use that next. Pain and irritation should go away within a few hours or so and the inflammation and redness should be gone in a day or so. If necessary, take aspirin or ibuprofen to ease inflammation and pain. So you can see that a wasp sting treatment is very easy to do.

There are other ingredients you can use for wasp sting treatment other than soap and water. Some people like to use baking soda mixed with water. Make a thick paste and daub it on and let it sit and dry and leave it there. If your in the middle of the woods, try using mud. Mud is an old remedy that carries a number of minerals and other ingredients known to pull toxins out of the skin. Another home remedy involves the use of plantain leaves. You can chew or mash the leaves. Take the mash and spread that on the sting area. If the mashed product isn’t wet enough, just add a few drops of water. This mixture can be applied repeatedly until you feel relief. On the other hand, some people have used onions. Cut a thick slice of onion and place that on the sting for a few minutes. Onions contain components that diminish inflammation and pain but also have acids that destroy venom by denaturing them. Yet, other people have used cider vinegar. This can be placed on the sting immediately. The vinegar will remove the venom thereby decreasing the inflammation response.

So, as you can see there are a number of home remedies you can use for a wasp sting treatment. Whether you use ice cubes, soap and water and antihistamines, baking soda, onions, plantain leaves, mud or aspirin that should do the trick.

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