When a bumblebee or a honeybee stings you, it leaves its stinger and sac of venom in your skin.
In most cases, the sting creates slight pain, swelling and irritation.
For most people it will be more of a nuisance than cause for concern.
However, if you have not been stung before look for signs of an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction are:
- Swollen eye lids
- Swollen hands
- Difficulty breathing
- Hive-like rash
If you have any of these symptoms proceed to the emergency room or your doctor's office immediately. Bee stings can be fatal in people who are allergic to the bee's venom.
What to do if someone is stung:
- Have someone stay with the person who was stung to make sure they don't have an allergic reaction.
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- Remove the stinger by scraping it with a credit card or other similar object. It is important to never use tweezers or squeeze the stinger, as more venom will be released and can injury the muscle.
- Apply ice to reduce the swelling.
- If the person has an allergic reaction take them to the hospital to get an epinephrine injection.
Natural Remedies To Draw Out Bee Venom
Any of the following natural remedies can be used to reduce the swelling and pain from the bee sting.
- Apple Cider Vinegar ~ Rub apple cider vinegar on the bee sting to stop the pain.
- Aspirin ~ Crush up an aspirin and mix with water to form a paste. Apply to the bee sting to reduce the swelling.
- Baking Soda ~ Mix with water, and generously apply the paste to the sting to draw out the venom.
- Baking Soda & Vinegar ~ Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the bee sting, then pour vinegar over the baking soda until it has bubbled and gone to remove the venom and the stinger.
- Basil ~ Crush fresh basil leaves and rub into the bee sting to relieve pain.
- Honey ~ Using pure raw honey, dab a bit on the sting and cover with a band-aid. The honey's enzymes will neutralize the venom and will relieve the pain in 5 minutes.
- Ice Pack ~ The cold ice will minimize swelling and prevents the venom from spreading to other areas of the body.
- Lavender Oil ~ Apply 1 drop of lavender essential oil to the bee sting to relieve swelling and pain.
- Meat Tenderizer ~ Make a paste with meat tenderizer and water. Hold paste on the bee sting site for 5 minutes to neutralize the venom.
- Mud ~ Hold mud on the bee sting to remove the stinger and reduce the swelling.
- Onion ~ Keep an onion slice on the bee sting for about 1 hour.
- Papaya ~ Wrap a slice of fresh papaya on the bee sting for an hour.
- Parsley ~ Crush fresh parsley and rub into the bee sting. Parsley will relieve the pain and neutralize the venom.
Plantains have fan shaped leaves with flower spikes in the center
- Plantain leaves ~ Collect a number of leaves and stack them on top
of each other, rip the leaves in half and form one stack. Rub the torn
end of the leaves on the sting to draw out the venom and reduce the
swelling. Takes five minutes and completely cures the bee sting. It is
best to use young plantain leaves.
- St. John's Wort ~ Using St. John's Wort oil and bentonite clay make a paste and apply to the bee sting site. The clay will draw out the venom, and the St John's wort oil will relieve swelling.
- Tea bag ~ Moisten a tea bag with water, then put it on the affected area to draw out the bee venom.
- Toothpaste ~ Apply some toothpaste (not gel) on the bee sting to relieve the pain.
Treating Bee Stings with Diet
Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will promote skin healing and reduce inflammation. Try foods such as:
- Fish (salmon, cod, mackerel)
- Ground flaxseeds
- Wheat Germ
Eating foods high in Vitamins A and C will speed your skin's recovery from the inflammation. Try to eat green, orange and yellow vegetables at each meal.
Foods to Avoid:
Sugar worsens the inflammatory response, so stay away from refined sugar products including cookies, cakes, sweet baked goods and sodas. Eat fruit in moderation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Mercedes on January 25, 2015:
When one of my cousins or myself would get stung, my grandpa put tabbaco from his cigarette on the sting after getting out the stinger and the pain was gone instantly. I still use this on my nieces and nefews.
Rebecca on August 05, 2012:
OMG I had a bee sting me in my ear tonight while putting my pool cover on. I was stomping madly through my lawn in pain when I saw a plantain plant( I normally run for mud) I grabbed a leaf and chewed it up and put in on the stung part if my ear(my hubby thought I had gone insane) almost instant relief. When the pain stopped I took the leaf off only to have the pain come back( not as bad as the initial sting) so here I sit typing this with a chewed up plantain leaf in my ear- last week my son suffered a nasty scrape on his knee skate boarding, I bruised a plantain leaf to stop the bleeding, the next day his wound was pink with little scan! Love this little plant enough to try to transplant it into a pot for winter!!!!
Fernandon on July 16, 2012:
These are excellent tips
thank you very much.
nova on July 04, 2012:
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