[toc]In most cases when a bee stings a person, it directly inserts venom in his or her skin. While most people experience a localized reaction of bee sting that is characterized by symptoms such as redness, vomiting, dizziness, pain and swelling, things can become more serious for few others. More specifically, some people can have allergic reactions to bee stings, which can be life threatening for them.
In medical terms, this condition is known as anaphylactic reaction and is characterized by symptoms such as a sudden drop in blood pressure, breathing problems and wheezing. In such a situation, it is important to take the patient to hospital as soon as possible. This is because if left untreated, these people can even die from the shock.
Treatments For Bee Sting
Remove The Stinger
If you have experienced bee sting, shift to a safe place first. Once you feel safe, check whether the stinger is still there or not. Removing the stinger immediately is important because the longer it remains in your body, more intense your symptoms will be. For best results, use any tough object such as a blunt knife or debit card for scrapping off the stinger. If you don’t have access to any object, simply use your fingers for pulling out the stinger.
If you have non allergic reactions to bee sting, opting for certain medications can help you. Examples can include Benadryl or Ibuprofen. You can also take any pain reliever, as suggested by your doctor. Taking these medications will help you to get rid of pain within some time. However, for staying on the safe side, avoid self medication. Instead, talk to your doctor before taking any medicine.
Ice can be an excellent remedy for treating bee sting. You can wrap ice in a piece of cloth and place it over the area for at least 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can use any cold pack on the area where the bee has stung you. We are suggesting this step because the coldness will reduce the pain and also slow down flow of the blood that is carrying the venom. For best results, reapply the cold or ice pack after every 5-6 hours.
Cleaning The Area Is Important
For minimizing the effect of bee sting, first clean the affected area with clean water and soap. Next, apply antihistamine cream on the sting. You can also prepare a mixture of unseasoned meat tenderizer with water and apply it. Alternatively, applying a paste of baking soda and water would also be effective.
Effective Home Remedies
Implementing certain home remedies can be other excellent ways of treating a bee sting. Start by applying toothpaste on the sting. Bee sting often causes itching and the toothpaste will help you to avoid the urge of scratching the area. You can also apply calamine lotion or a hydrocortisone cream on the affected area. Applying honey is also an excellent idea.
Implement these tips for getting relief from bee sting. In case of any allergic reaction, visit a doctor immediately.