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How To Treat Bee Stings And Insect Bites

Updated on April 4, 2010

It is not every day that we get stung from a bee or an insect however, If you do happen to get stung, you can minimize the discomfort through natural means.

1.) First, don't grab the extruding part of the stinger. Instead, quickly take a knife tip or another object with an edge and flick the stinger out.

2.) You can also put ice or ammonia

on the wound. Ice slows down the spread of poisons and provides a cooling relief


3.) You can also apply an alkali paste on the sting wound. Toothpaste works well, as does bentonite clay, meat tenderizer, or a paste made of crushed aspirin and a few drops of water.

4.) If you would like more pain relief, you can try taking an antihistamine.

There are other insect bites that produce symptoms similar to bee stings. Be sure to watch for signs such as dizziness, nausea, fainting, sweating or fever, difficulty breathing, swelling around the neck, and diarrhea. If you should experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately.


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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      You know....I have been working in the yard the past couple days and have seen my first couple bees already...well, one was a little worker honeybee but I think the other one was a wasp...scary, large, black and fuzzy but not striped like a bumble bee. Anyway...I was thinking I need to go get some of that bee sting liquid stuff I bought last year (it's somewhere around the house but I have no idea where!) but now that I know toothpaste or aspirin work well you have saved me a trip! This is wonderful information!!