We have had a yucky experience this weekend with a bee nest in our yard.
My husband was stung while mowing and weeding and then Matthew was stung. We’ve treated the area and successfully removed the nest, but the stings hurt. My husband finished mowing the yard before taking care of his sting. Relief for him has not been as quick as it has been for Matthew and I am certain it has a lot to do with him waiting. Men.
The first thing you need to do is quickly get the stinger out. Use your fingers or tweezers. Then immediately do one of the following treatments.
Bee Sting Treatment:
- Baking Soda Paste– I keep my baking soda in the fridge. Making a thick paste with the cold baking soda and cold water brings great relief to the sting spot. This is my first go to plan for a bee sting.
- Onion– there are enzymes in an onion that help with inflammation. Cut an onion and rub it on the sting spot. Stinky, but it is said to work.
- Ice– always helps with the swelling and pain. We do ice over the baking soda paste. Nicky is our go-to-guy for making ice packs when someone gets hurt in our home. He always puts ice cubes in a zippy bag and he adds cold fridge water, from the dispenser in our fridge door, to the bag before sealing it up. He is only six but he always tells us the water helps make the ice super cold and always helps make him feel better. He has been making these ‘wound bags’ for his brothers since he was about four. I used to think he just liked playing with the ice and water dispenser, but all the kids want Nicky to make their ice bags. We trust his instruct and his reasoning makes sense.
- Apple Cider Vinegar– soak the stung area in apple cider vinegar. The acid in the vinegar helps to neutralize the venom. You could step it up a notch and make an apple cider vinegar and baking soda paste.
- Tea Tree Oil– my husband in a huge believer in the benefits of tea tree oil and it’s ability to fight off infection. Apply a couple of dabs of the oil to the sting spot and apply a bandage.
- Aloe Vera– great overall item to keep in your home for many different reasons. For bee stings it is great for soothing the itch and overall irritation.
- Witch Hazel– apply with a cotton ball for immediate pain and swelling relief.
What do you put on a bee sting?