What are Home Remedies to Relieve Bee Sting Pain?

Staff Writer
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When you're stung by a bee, a venomous toxin is left from its stinger. Some people have mild reactions to a bee sting, such as temporary pain, swelling and redness. Others, however, have severe allergic reactions to a bee sting. Swelling and itching are two of them, as well as nausea and vomiting, dizziness, difficulty breathing, pale skin, hives, a rapid pulse, diarrhea and even a loss of consciousness.

If you aren't showing any serious symptoms, there are home remedies available to help ease pain from bee stings. 

1

Ice or a Cold Compress

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Place ice wrapped in a cloth or a cold compress against the sting site to reduce the swelling and pain. Be sure to wash the sting site first though to get rid of any residual venom.

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Anti-Inflammatories

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Anti-inflammatories can also be bought over the counter. These tablets, such as Advil or Motrin, are ideal for reducing swelling and pain.

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Antihistamines

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This oral medication is usually sufficient to provide effective sting relief. Take oral antihistamines to help reduce redness and itching.

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Hydrocortisone Cream

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You can buy a hydrocortisone cream over the counter. This will help to reduce the swelling and redness around the sting while relieving the pain and itching.

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Honey

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The natural antibacterial ingredients in honey contain medicinal properties, reduce swelling, speed healing and fight against infection. Put a small amount of honey over the sting area, loosely cover it with a bandage and leave it for an hour.

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Baking Soda

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A mixture of baking soda and water can neutralize the venom. This helps reduce the swelling, itching and pain. Simply spread the paste over the sting area, cover it with a bandage and leave it for at least 15 minutes.

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Toothpaste

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This home remedy is also said to neutralize the venom. Just dab a bit of toothpaste onto the sting area, and wait to feel the pain relief.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Another home remedy to consider is using apple cider vinegar, which is said to neutralize bee venom. Just soak a piece of cloth in some apple cider vinegar and place it over the sting site.

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Meat Tenderizer

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Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme called papain, which reportedly breaks down the protein responsible for causing itching and pain. Mix one- art meat tenderizer with four parts of water, spread it on the sting area and keep it on there for up to 30 minutes.

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Aloe Vera

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Use aloe vera to soothe the skin around the sting and relieve the pain. Either use a ready-made aloe vera gel that you can buy in a drug store, or if you have a plant, break off one of the leaves and squeeze the gel inside onto the sting site.

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Tea Tree Oil

A good essential oil to use is tea tree oil. This natural antiseptic is ideal for relieving the pain caused by the bee sting. Be sure to mix it with a carrier oil first though, rather than putting it directly on your skin.

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Calamine Lotion

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Calamine lotion is a good way to reduce the itching, redness and pain caused by a bee sting. Pour some calamine lotion on a cotton pad, and dab it on the affected area.

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Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel is known as an herbal remedy for bee stings and insect bites. Place it directly to the sting site, and it'll reduce the pain, inflammation and itching.

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Calendula Cream

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Calendula cream is actually a natural antiseptic, which is used to relieve skin irritation and also heal minor wounds. Put the cream onto the sting area, and cover it with a bandage.