Wasp Sting Remedy

A Wasp Sting Remedy May Be Close At Hand

In most cases, there isn't a pressing need to find a quick acting wasp sting remedy, as the pain is often not too severe, and goes away fairly quickly. Even in these milder cases, there will often be some residual pain and itching, which may last a day or so. In such cases, there are a number of remedies that will provide a measure of relief.

In other instances, a wasp sting can be quite painful, and for children, often frightening. Some individuals are allergic to the venom from a wasp sting, and in such cases, finding a wasp sting remedy quickly may be imperative.

Of course if a person has a known allergy to wasp stings, the best approach is to seek immediate medical care. Even in extreme cases, it can be helpful to know that there are a number of things which may be close at hand which can offer at least temporary relief.

Is There A Stinger? - The first piece of advice that is usually given is to locate and remove the stinger, which will stop the flow of any additional venom into the body.

This is good advice if one is stung by a honeybee, which leaves its stinger behind. Wasps usually don't do us this favor though; in fact, a wasp can sting repeatedly if it has a mind to, and retain its stinger in the process. Since we don't always know just what was responsible for the sting, looking for a stinger is still a good idea as a first step.

Over The Counter Remedies - There are over the counter preparations one can bring into play, which are usually effective in reducing pain, swelling, and irritation, and often counteracting allergic reactions as well.

An antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine, is normally effective as a pain reliever and relieves itching as well.

Pain killers can also be administered. Ibuprofen is a pain reducer that is most apt to be on hand, especially if one has access to a first aid kit or the medicine cabinet is nearby.

Finally, a topical application of   hydrocortisone can sometimes effectively reduce the effects of an allergic reaction, at least in the immediate vicinity of where the person has been stung.

Non Medicinal Remedies - If swelling commences, ice is often the best wasp sting remedy at this point.

A few ice cubes, wrapped in a towel or a cloth, and applied to the sting site for 10 minutes or more can keep swelling to a minimum. Swelling can be particularly dangerous if someone has been sting in the throat or near the windpipe, and ice should be one of the first thoughts that come to mind.

As far as general relief from pain and itching, and to some extent relief from swelling as well, applying good old mud, especially cool mud, or a baking soda paste can be effective. If baking soda isn't handy, try plain salt, and make a paste using plenty of salt and just a little water.

Salt is particularly good at drawing out infection, and may serve to help draw out venom as well. If you have the opportunity to do so, wash the sting area with soap and water before applying any wasp sting remedy.

Cleanliness is important. Cleanliness is not so much a remedy as it is a preventive measure against infection or some other complication.

Remedies in the Garden - If you're in the garden, there are a number of things handy that are well worth trying as far as getting some quick relief is concerned.

A piece of sliced cucumber will provide pain relief, as will a slice of fresh potato. Both tend to have a cool soothing effect.

An onion slice will work too, as will a slice of lemon, as the citric acid will tend to neutralize the chemical composition of the venom.

If you're closer to the kitchen than to the garden, consider rubbing the wound with olive oil as a means of reducing the pain. Olive oil is also a healing agent.

There are undoubtedly more veggies and other items which can be a fine wasp sting remedy, but the point is, there more often than not is something close at hand, even if it's just mud.


 


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