Treatment of a Bee/Wasp Sting

by Wendy on June 30, 2015

Getting a bee or a wasp sting is obviously no fun. The pain can last up to several hours, even days if no correct measures are applied immediately. Since summer time is at its peak, people who work in their gardens have an inherent high risk of getting stung! Fortunately, there are many home remedies that you can use to get relief of the sting almost immediately.

Bee sting on hand It is important to note that about 3% of the general population is severely allergic to wasps, bees, hornets, and other stinging insects. This event is called “anaphylaxis,” and occurs when your body goes into shock in response to the venom. Most people who go into shock after a sting do so very quickly. It is important to seek immediate emergency care to treat anaphylaxis, as symptoms may include:

  • Severe swelling of the face, lips, or throat
  • Hives or itching in areas of the body not affected by the sting
  • Breathing difficulties, such as wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Weak or racing pulse

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is possible that you are severely allergic to a bee and/or wasp sting, and should get emergency medical treatment immediately.

If you believe you are not allergic however, you may treat the sting with a variety of home remedies. But before you begin, make sure that you have remove the stinger from the skin if it is a bee sting. You will know if it is a bee or a wasp if its stinger is left on your skin after the sting. You will likely see a black spot in the area, which needs to be removed and cleaned to prevent venom from spreading. You can use tweezers to pull out the stinger or simply wash the bite area with soap and water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda likely can be found in every kitchen and its uses are boundless! Those who are aware of the wonders of baking soda already know that it can heal a bee sting within unnoticeable time, giving instant relief. All you need to do is mix together a small amount of baking water in water and make a thick paste. Apple the paste on the sting directly and allow it to try. Wash the paste once the swelling and pain have gone.


Honey is the mother of all home remedies, and it can also be used for honey bee stings! All you have to do is take a small amount of honey and apply it directly to the infected area.

 Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of the most effective remedies for bee stings since ancient times. Simply soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the sting. It might burn for a bit, but in just a matter of seconds you will start feeling relief from the pain.


If you are nowhere near any of the above supplies, you can use mud! This remedy has been around since ancient times and even today, as a lot of people follow it as the only means to get rid of bee sting pain and swelling. Take a handful of mud and make a paste by simply adding water to it. Apply the mud paste directly to the bee sting and let it dry, then clean the mud once the pain and swelling have disappeared.



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234

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