How to Make a Salt Paste for an Insect Bite

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Making a salt paste for an insect bite in this free video clip from an expert physician.

Part of the Video Series: How to Treat Insect Bites & Stings
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Hello, my name is Dr. Susan Jewell. Now in this clip, I'm going to show you another way to be able to relieve some of the symptoms from insect bites and bee stings. It has been shown that actually a salt paste when applied to the sting and the bite itself can help to alleviate some of the itchiness and the pain. So what I'm going to demonstrate to you is what you need to do to apply the paste. So, imagine on this hand, this red spot here is the bite or the sting and it's inflamed. So what you can do is, you can get some ordinary, regular table salt and pour it into a bowl. Here like this. And then you can add some water. But, don't make it too watery. Don't add too much water because you want to make a paste so that it actually sticks to your skin. So just a little bit of water and let the salt dissolve a bit like this. And then when it's dissolved in a paste like this, this texture, then what you can do is, you could clean the area with soap and water first. Right, this is soapy water. Clean the area really well and pat it dry so that you don't get infection, introduce any more bacteria into the open wound. And then with your hand, make sure your hand, your finger is clean, and you've washed it with soap and water. You just get some of this salt paste that dissolved in your bowl and you just apply it on to the swollen area, the bitten area itself. And you can just leave it there to work on that bite or the sting. And that should help your temporarily at least to relieve some of the pain and the itchiness of the bite, bitten area.

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