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Bee and wasp stings are possibly the only hazard of a sunny picnic. It doesn’t take much to upset these tiny creatures – and when you do, you’ll know about it. Knowing how to relieve a wasp sting is an invaluable skill; so you can ease the discomfort quickly and enjoy your day.
Treating a wasp sting swiftly will give you the best results. In this guide we’ll show you the right way to remove bee and wasp stings, when to seek medical attention and how to treat a wasp sting at home. If you’re unsure about anything or are experiencing unusual symptoms as described below, seek medical advice.
Starting your wasp or bee sting treatment at home: How to remove the sting
Firstly, let’s look at how you can remove stings. Whilst bees leave their sting behind and die, wasps often don’t – although they may leave their stinger in if swatted during the stinging. It’s important to remove the sting quickly so that the venom doesn’t continue to release. There are two dos and don’ts to remember:
- Do. Scrape the sting out sideways with a finger nail, card or anything thin and flat
- Don’t. Try to pull it out with your fingers or tweezers, as you risk snapping off the sting and leaving it in your skin
3 ways how to treat a wasp sting at home
Now you’ve got the sting out, here’s 3 options for how to relieve a wasp sting at home.
1. Home remedy for bee stings: Lemon and vinegar
Vinegar and lemon juice are great options if you’re looking for a good home remedy for bee stings and wasp stings too. Both contain a type of acid that will help to neutralise the sting and provide a soothing sensation. Any vinegar will do, but apple cider vinegar is ideal. Here’s how to use them:
- Lemon. Cut a slice and place it directly over the sting, or squeeze out as much juice as you can and soak a tissue in it, holding the tissue over the affected area
- Vinegar. Soak a tissue in vinegar and rub over the sting – you can also try holding the tissue on the sting and apply a little pressure
Cushelle pocket pack tissues are strong enough to hold the lemon juice or vinegar without tearing, and soft enough to provide some extra comfort.
2. Wasp sting home treatment: ice and cold packs
Ice is another top choice to cure a wasp sting and relieve the pain. The ice will help reduce swelling caused by the sting and slow down blood flow to the area, which will help with any throbbing pain. Here’s how to treat a wasp sting with ice:
- Either use a single ice cube or crush a couple to make a cold pack – wrap in strong Cushelle facial tissues and hold over the sting for around 20 minutes
3. Home remedy for wasp sting: vegetables
Using the right vegetable can be a great home remedy for wasp sting or bee sting. Here’s how:
- Cucumber. Simply take a slice and rub it over the sting – cucumber promotes a slight tightening of the skin, which will help ease the pain, and it also provides a cooling sensation
- Garlic. Make a paste from a crushed clove, cover your sting with it, and place a plaster over the top – the garlic juices will get to work soothing the discomfort
When to seek medical attention
It’s good to know about wasp and bee sting treatment at home to help alleviate the symptoms but there are a few instances where you should seek professional medical help:
- You’ve been stung close to your eyes, in your mouth or throat
- Symptoms are worsening or aren’t improving after a few days
- You develop flu-like symptoms, such as swollen glands and fever
- You believe you may have had an allergic reaction – often indicated by a large area of about 10 cm or more becoming red around the sting.
- There are signs of infection such as increasing pain or swelling
Now you know how to remove a sting, when to seek medical attention and 3 helpful wasp sting remedy tricks, you’ll be able to fight back in the event you do get stung.