Normally when a wasp stings you, you will feel sharp pain instantly. You may also feel itchiness and a burning sensation at the spot where you have been stung. You will also notice your skin turning red and some swelling might also develop, which is because of the venom.
You can try home remedies for wasp stings, but if the stings are multiple, if you feel wheezing, dizziness and find your tongue swelling up, or if you have been stung in a sensitive spot, you must consult a doctor. Before trying any remedies, it is essential to check if the stinger is still there in your skin. Scrape it out first with the help of a clean knife blade or a credit card, wash the affected area using soap and then try these home remedies.
Wrap some ice cubes in a paper towel or small cotton towel and use this as a compress for some time. It will not only tackle the pain and itchiness, but also reduce the resultant swelling.
If you do not have ice, just take anything from the freezer, like a pack of frozen vegetables or a bottle of cool water and place it on the affected area to get the same effect. A cold compress is always good to soothe pain, reduce swelling and itchiness that is caused due to the sting.
Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply it on the spot where you have been stung. It will soothe the skin immediately. You can mix baking soda with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to enhance the healing effect of baking soda. Apply this several times in a day until you get relief from the problem.
Wasp sting venom is very strongly alkaline in nature and apple cider vinegar contains acid, which acts as a neutralizer against the venom that is present in wasp stings. Holding a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar against the wound helps ease the pain. Keep it like this for at least fifteen minutes to get relief.
Lemon also has acid which acts like a neutralizer against the venom. Cut a lemon and hold a slice on the wound or sprinkle a few drops of freshly extracted lemon juice on the wound.
It will reduce the pain and you will notice that the puffiness will reduce in some time. Be sure to hold the lemon slice for some time on the wound to see the results.
Like humans, insects are also either repulsed or attracted to the odor present in the environment. Therefore, it is believed that consuming pungent foods like garlic and onions sends out signals to these stinging insects that you have an unpleasant odor. Although this theory has not been tested, there is no harm in adding extra cloves of garlic or onion in your burger.
This acts as a preventative measure. You can also crush a few cloves of garlic and apply the paste on the wound to get rid of the pain. Garlic has analgesic properties and helps reduce pain. Some salt added to this paste makes garlic even more effective. Hold this paste in place with the help of a cloth bandage till you feel the pain reducing. You can also get rid of swelling and redness by following this remedy.
You need a fresh aloe leaf for this. Tear a leaf and you will find aloe gel oozing out. Apply it directly on to the wound. The antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties of aloe vera help reduce the pain and swelling caused by wasp stings.
You can even hold a torn leaf over the affected area for a while to get relief. Within fifteen minutes you will find your pain and itchiness gone.