Treating a Bee or Wasp Sting

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Getting stung by a bee or wasp causes enough trauma to ruin your day. Unfortunately, a sting may happen unexpectedly. For instance, you may inadvertently step on a bee that is comfortably resting on your living room floor. If you are not wearing shoes or slippers, the bee may sting your foot as a form of self-defense. Nevertheless, a bee or wasp sting is not the end of the world unless you are allergic to stings. Known as anaphylaxis, a small minority of people living in the United States die from stings each year, which is why it is important to know how to treat a sting once it happens.

Bring salt, water, vinegar and a bottle of hand sanitizer with you whenever you are on a camping trip. Otherwise, you may not have any available method for treating the painful sting. First, you need to remove the stinger. If you do not have tweezers or similar tools, use your fingers to pull out the stinger. Removing the stinger prevents the venom from invading your body with its potentially treacherous poison. After you remove the stinger, sterilize the area with hand sanitizer liquid or soap and warm water.

Mix salt and water together to form a thick paste. Next, apply the healing paste to the sting. You can also use a paste composed of baking soda and water. Another method is to apply white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to the sting. If you do not have vinegar, place a fresh lemon slice over the sting. Take another piece of lemon and squeeze out the juice. Treat the area by soaking a cotton ball in the lemon juice and holding the cotton against the sting for several minutes.

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You can treat a bee or wasp sting at home using other simple remedies. After you remove the stinger, wrap an ice cube in a washcloth and hold it against the sting for 15 to 30 minutes. You may need to remove the wrapped ice cube occasionally because it will feel extremely cold. If you do not have any available ice, use a bag filled with frozen peas or other vegetables.

Another method for treating a bee or wasp sting is to slice a large garlic clove in half and rub the juice on the sting. Keep the garlic on the area by holding it in place with a large bandage or piece of clean gauze. You can also press a sliced onion on the sting for a few minutes.

Wasp nests and bee hives pose grave dangers to your children, dogs and cats. Take extra precautions by refraining from using body lotions containing fragrances.

If you are experiencing bee or wasp problems at your home, it is important to have a pest professional take care of it. Contact B&B Exterminating today and let our experts make sure you remain safe, reducing the possibility of a bee or wasp sting

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