If you have ever been stung by a hornet or wasp then you will know just how painful the experience can be. If you are lucky you will not react and the next day you will be fine. However, most of us react badly and the site will itch like mad and swell up. Some people react so badly they can go into anaphylactic shock, and their very life is in danger! There are ways that you can greatly alleviate the problem. Here are some suggestions on how to treat a wasp or hornet sting
Treating the Sting
- Remove the stinger. If the stinger from the wasp or hornet is still lodged in the skin, remove it first thing. It’s best to do this with a blunt, flat object like a butter knife, a credit card, or your fingernail. If you squeeze the stinger, it’s possible more venom will be released.
- For that reason, it’s advisable to avoid tweezers. However, if the other methods are failing, you can use them — just be very, very careful not to squeeze the venom sac any further. The venom sac is at the end of the sting, the sting its self has a very tiny hook which is ideal to scrape out sting.
- Elevate the area and remove any tight-fitting clothing. If the sting is on your legs, arms, hands, or feet, you’ll want to remove any tight clothes, shoes, or jewelry immediately. Swelling will occur, in which case it’ll be very hard to remove these items later.
- The arm or leg should be elevated for this purpose as well. The less it swells, the better you’ll feel, so keep those limbs elevated. If it’s on your leg, lay down as soon as you can.
- Ice the area. The best thing you can do for this sting is to ice it. Don’t bother with the pharmaceuticals, don’t bother with the old wives’ tales of other remedies — just place ice in a wrap of some sort and keep it on the area for 10 minutes. Remove it when it’s getting too cold (you’ll definitely know when that is), and repeat it in 10 minute increments. The pain and itchiness will subside almost immediately.
Just this information alone is worth its weight in gold. If you have kids that have been stung you will know how you wish you could take away the pain. Being armed with the above will greatly help. Take a look at the advice given on how to avoid being stung in the first place.
- Avoid, and do not disturb, hives and nests
- When participating in outdoor activities, avoid fragranced body products, bright colors, and sugary drinks
- Wear long sleeves and long pants outdoors
- Do not walk barefoot outdoors
- Do not swat at swarming bees or wasps
- Exercise caution around fruit trees and blooming flowers
- Keep garbage away from outdoor activity areas Continue Reading
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I hope you found this article of great interest. The solutions above will greatly reduce some of the horrible symptoms that being stung can cause!