A bee sting can be a painful and potentially dangerous injury. If an individual who gets stung is allergic to bees, or if he begins showing signs of an allergic reaction, it is important to seek proper medical treatment. If, however, the individual is not allergic, and the largest problem from the sting is the pain and itchiness it creates, there are simple steps which can be taken to soothe the discomfort.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton ball
- Mixing bowl
- Baking soda
Remove the stinger from the wound immediately. Squeeze gently on either side of the injury to force the stinger out, and use tweezers if the stinger cannot be removed with simple squeezing.
Ice the stung area. Do not apply ice directly; rather, put an ice pack or some ice cubes in a cloth and apply it to the sting. The cooling sensation helps alleviate the pain and itchiness caused by the stinger's venom.
Apply ammonia to the sting using a cotton ball which has been saturated with the liquid. The ammonia helps to reduce the itch of a sting and also alleviates pain.
Mix baking soda and water together in the bowl to create a baking soda paste. The paste should be thick enough to remain on the stung area without running.
Apply paste to the stung area, and leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Wash off the paste with running water.