Home remedies for Bee Stings
A bee sting can cause temporary swelling along with pain, warmth, redness and also itching. This sting is not very dangerous and can be treated at home with simple remedies. In case you are stung more than once or even if you are allergic to bees, this can be life threatening. The stinger of the bee is released in your skin when a honey bee stings you. This leads to the death of the honey bee. This is not so with other species of bees or wasps. In case you are not allergic to a bee sting you can always treat the sting with simple home remedies which offer the required relief in a short period of time.
- Essential Oils:
There are a number of essential oils which have antifungal, antibacterial and a antiseptic properties. The oils which can be applied to a bee sting are witch hazel oil, thyme oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil or lavender oil. Before applying any of the above mentioned oils you need to mix this with carrier oil which is neutral, like olive oil. You need to mix 4 to 5 drops of the carrier oil with one drop of the essential oil.
- Ice Application:
You need to ensure you wash the area immediately which has been stung by a bee. This helps in the removal of any venom. You can then apply ice to bring down the swelling and reduce the pain. You can apply ice wrapped in a napkin or a clean cloth and apply the same on the area which is affected. You can also use frozen vegetables instead of ice. You need to place this against the area which is stung. Place it there for a few minutes and repeat the process several times.
Honey is known to have multiple medicinal properties and also works well for bringing down inflammation. As this is a natural antibacterial agent, it can bring down the risks of infections and ensure quick healing. All you need to do is spread a little honey in the area which is stung. It is advisable to do so indoors so that you do not attract more bees.
- Aloe vera Gel:
Research has proved that the extract of aloe vera has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help in preventing any type of infection and also reduce the inflammation of the bee sting.
When to see a Doctor?
There are chances of an individual developing anaphylaxis if he/she is allergic to a bee sting. You need to see a doctor immediately if you develop any of the listed symptoms.
*A rapid heart beat
*Swelling of the throat or tongue
*loss of consciousness
*Trouble while breathing
It is important not to panic when a bee stings you. You can be cautious when spending time in the outdoors and ensure you do not hamper with any bee hives. You can wear some footwear and not walk around bare footed in places which are known to have bee hives.