by Sara Shweiger (reprinted with permission)

We all get bitten or stung by insects once in a while. Fortunately, most insect bites are non-fatal, and most of them only cause itching and redness. Unfortunately, there are insects that deliver poisonous stings that can lead to anaphylactic shock or other fatal health conditions.

If a bee, wasp, or other type of insect stung you, you must apply first aid treatment. For one, make sure to the remove the stinger. You must do this immediately since the stinger might continue to inject venom into your system. As a tip, scrape the stinger out instead of pulling it using tweezers. After getting rid of the stinger, you must then wash the area with disinfectant soap and water. If you have been stung by an insect and you start feeling any of the following symptoms, immediately seek emergency medical treatment.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling and redness of the sting area
  • Swelling in other areas aside from the bug bite sight
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Chills

For normal or local reaction, you can try any of the following remedies to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Ice Pack: Placing or wrapping an ice pack with a towel and putting it onto the bite area will help reduce inflammation. You can use ice alone or you can use it in combination with other home remedies.

Natural Oil: You can apply a very small amount of lavender or tea tree oil onto the sting sight. Apply it using a swab. These natural oils are natural anti-inflammatory and they can also be used as disinfectants.

Honey: You can also use honey on the sting. You might feel a cool and soothing sensation. This will help reduce the swelling and itching for at least 30 minutes.

Hydro-cortisone Cream: You can look for a hydro-cortisone cream with maximum strength and apply it on the bite sight. The symptoms will be relieved slightly after a few minutes. Consider reapplying the cream after at least four hours or when symptoms recur.

Baking Soda: You can create a paste using baking soda and water. Apply it on the sting as this will help minimize itching. You can also add baking soda to a warm bath if you have multiple stings. Remember though to avoid using this remedy if you have an open wound due to the sting.

Aspirin: Another remedy is to use an aspirin and crush it. Make a paste using the aspirin and apply it to the bug bite. Cover the site with band-aid to relieve itching and swelling. This medication has anti-inflammatory properties which may work against the symptoms.

The author of this article offers tips for relieving the symptoms of insect bites and stings. She also writes for Joplin pest control companies that have a team of professional Minneapolis exterminators.

Article Source: Sara Schweiger,

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