Wasps are insects that are commonly found in the temperate climate. These insects will often sting to protect themselves. They are also attracted by strong aromas and brightly coloured clothes. The latter is attributed to the fact that wasps are naturally attracted by flowers which usually have very vibrant colors.While wasp stings are considerably less poisonous than their bee counterparts, they are still quite painful. Some of the symptoms that are associated with the wasp stings include fever, nausea, dizziness and headache.

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Depending on the severity of the reaction, affected people may also experience a higher heart rate, a drop in the blood pressure as well as swelling on different parts of the body. In extreme cases, some may experience an anaphylactic shock which is often accompanied by these extreme side effects.This reaction warrants immediate medical attention as it can cause a drastic drop in the normal functioning of the body. In mild cases however, there are a handful of home remedies that you can use for the management of wasp stings. These remedies not only reduce the pain and inflammation of the affected area, they are also a great way to provide relief from the accompanying symptoms. Use any of the remedies recommended below to manage wasp stings.


1. Get Rid of The Stinger:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: A pair of tweezers or a plastic card that can scrape the sting off.
Difficulty: Easy

 

One of the first things that you must do immediately you are by a wasp is to identify the affected part of the body in order to remove the stinger. This is an important step because it helps to reduce the amount of venom pumped in by the sting. You will need a pair of tweezers for this process. Remember to remove the stinger before the application of any of the remedies below. Failure to do so only allows the sting to inject more venom into the skin.

Directions:

  1. Using a pair of tweezers, clip and pull the stinger out of the skin to reduce the amount of venom pumped into the skin.
  2. Be careful how you do this because if done improperly, it can easily push the stinger in.
  3. Once you have removed the stinger, the next step involves the use of any of the home remedies written below.

 


2. Ice Pack:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: A handful of ice cubes and a clean cloth or paper towel.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Once you have removed the stinger, the next simple remedy to use is an ice pack. The low temperatures of the ice cubes lower the pain and inflammation on the affected skin, and this has a soothing effect on the skin. What’s more, the ice also helps keep the swelling down so that the affected skin is able to heal faster. You need a paper towel or clean cloth to protect the skin from frost bite that occurs when the ice comes into direct contact with the skin.

Directions:

  1. Place the ice cubes on the clean cloth or paper towel and wrap to create a pack that is easy to use during application.
  2. Rub the ice pack on the site where you have just removed the stinger, making sure that the ice cubes do not come in direct contact with the skin.
  3. Massage the pack repeatedly for about 10 minutes or until the ice cubes start to melt.
  4. Use this remedy severally until the swelling goes down and there is reduced pain and inflammation around the stung region.

 


3. Lemon Juice:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Freshly squeezed lemon juice and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is one of the nest home remedies for the natural treatment of wasp stings. This is because its high acid content works to neutralize the venom pumped by the stinger. In effect, this reduces the intense itching and swelling at the point of stinging. Grab some cotton wool to ease the application process and help heal the affected skin faster. Prepare this simple remedy by following the simple directions indicated below.

Directions:

  1. Use freshly squeezed lemon to soak the cotton wool.
  2. Dab the wet wool on the stung skin for about 5 minutes and let the skin dry on its own.
  3. Use this remedy twice daily, preferably when the sting is still fresh as this helps neutralize the effects of the sting and prevent its symptoms from escalating. You may also use freshly cut lemon wedges for this purpose.
  4. Rub the wedges as gently as you can on the affected skin.

 


4. Garlic:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 2 cloves of garlic, a pinch of salt and gauze.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Garlic is a diverse home remedy for the natural treatment of different conditions, thanks to its diverse antibacterial and antiviral healing properties. For this remedy, you will need two cloves of garlic which are then minced to release the active ingredients present. The minced garlic is then applied on the affected skin and left to dry so that the active remedies can act on the skin and help get rid of the venom present. Prepare the remedy as follows.

Directions:

  1. Peel and clean the cloves before mincing to create a coarse paste-like substance. This is an important part of the process because the active ingredients present in the garlic are only released after the process of crushing.
  2. Add some salt when mincing the garlic to help get a smooth paste and improve the remedy’s efficiency.
  3. Cover the remedy using gauze to hold the remedy in place.
  4. Use this remedy at least once daily until the affected skin is completely healed.

 


5. Cucumber:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Fresh slices of cucumber.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Cucumbers are loved for their cooling effect, whether on the skin or internally when used for hydrating purposes. This is why cucumber slices are recommended for the natural treatment of wasp stings. When applied topically on the affected part of the skin, the slices not only cool the area and reduce the pain and inflammation, they also provide relief from many of the symptoms associated with wasp stings. This is a simple remedy that works wonders when used on freshly stung skin. In the absence of cucumbers, raw potato wedges may be used instead.

Directions:

  1. Simply rub the cucumber slices on the stung skin.
  2. Wedges of raw potato may be used in place of the cucumbers.
  3. Use this remedy as often as you need to.

 


6. Fresh Mud:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Fresh mud or dirt and cold water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

If you are spending time in the outdoors, and get stung by a wasp, one of the simplest ways to manage the pain is to apply fresh mud on the affected skin. The use of mud soothes the skin and goes a long way in keeping the swelling down without spreading the venom. It is important to get rid of the stinger first before applying the fresh mud. Follow the simple directions below.

Directions:

  1. Apply the fresh mud on the affected skin immediately after you remove the stinger.
  2. Massage a generous amount of the mud so that the affected skin is completely covered.
  3. Let the mud dry before rinsing off with cold water.
  4. In the absence of fresh mud, you can always prepare your own mud using dirt and cold water.
  5. Add a small amount of water at a time in order to ensure that the mud is not runny.
  6. Use this by following the procedure outlined below.

 


7. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Freshly cut aloe vera leaf and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy

 

One of the simplest ways to manage the symptoms of a wasp sting is to use fresh aloe vera gel. Mother Nature’s own gift for a host of conditions, the cool gel that oozes from the leaves of the aloe vera plant are ideal for treating wasp stings. The anti-inflammatory properties of the gel, coupled with its soothing traits are a great combination for counteracting the pain and inflammation present as a result of the wasp sting. The gel is also beneficial in reducing the redness at the affected site. The simple steps below show how you can use aloe vera gel for this purpose.

Directions:

  1. Slice the succulent leaf in the middle using a sharp blade. This will allow the gel to ooze effortlessly.
  2. Collect the gel produced and use cotton wool to apply it on the affected skin.
  3. Let the remedy dry on its own and rinse with cold water after a few minutes.
  4. Use this aloe vera gel as often as you need to until you get relief from the wasp sting.

 


8. White Vinegar:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of white vinegar and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy

 

White vinegar is a reliable remedy for the natural treatment of wasp stings. This is because, just like lemon juice, white vinegar has a rich concentration of acids, and this is what works to counter the effects of the venom injected by the stinger. As a result of this neutralization, the application of white vinegar results in less pain and inflammation as well as reduced swelling. Stock up on white vinegar if you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors and are likely to encounter wasps.

Directions:

  1. Soak the cotton wool in the white vinegar and squeeze the excess solution.
  2. Place the wet wool over the affected area and leave on it for five minutes.
  3. Use this remedy twice daily.

 


Other home remedies that can be used to treat wasp stings include baking soda which helps counter the effect of the venom, Epsom salt which soothes the skin and reduces redness at the affected site as well as apple cider vinegar. Calamine lotion can also be used if available as it has a great soothing effect on the affected skin and it helps provide relief from the symptoms of a wasp sting. The petals of marigold flowers are also known to be effective in treating wasp pain naturally. Remember, if the symptoms are severe, there is the risk of anaphylactic shock and this must be addressed as a medical emergency.