World First Aid Day 2020: First Aid Solutions For A Bee Sting

World First Aid Day 2020: Do you know first aid remedies for a bee sting? Here are some proven remedies to ease pain, swelling and discomfort.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Sep 11, 2020 14:52 IST
World First Aid Day 2020: First Aid Solutions For A Bee Sting

What is the first thing that you do after a bee sting? Different people have different tips and tricks to tackle the situation. More than the solution, timely attention or say, first aid is important. This World First Aid Day 2020, we are telling you why you should provide immediate aid to a bee sting and first aid solutions for a bee sting. Read ahead to know.

What may happen after a bee sting?

In some cases, bee sting doesn’t do any harm but it shouldn’t be ignored. Initially, it would start with a tingling sensation followed by swelling, redness and sharp pain. A lot of people are allergic to bee stings and therefore, this may create a lot of problems for them. In rare cases, this may even prove to be life-threatening.

Do you know that the honeybee dies after stinging? Yes. This is a weird fact but a honeybee dies after it stings a person and its stinger is injected in the human body. The stinger has a toxin that causes pain and discomfort. This toxin is venomous for people who are allergic to bee stings. This may cause:

  • Severe itching
  • Pale skin
  • Hives
  • Increased pulse rate
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Tongue and throat inflammation
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea

First aid for a bee sting

Soon after a bee stings you, run for any of these first aid solutions. This would reduce your swelling, redness and also prevent any allergic reaction due to the toxin released in the body.

1. Wash the area and apply ice

Immediately wash the area where bee sting with soap water. Now, clean it with a cotton towel and apply ice on it. This prevents the absorption of venom in the body to inhibit allergy and reduce swelling.

2. Honey

Honey as antibacterial and moisturizing properties that helps in disinfecting the area to control infection. This remedy would reduce itching and pain. If the swelling is major, you can apply some honey on the skin, cover it with a bandage and then leave for 1-2 hours.

3. Baking soda

Neutralizing the bee venom is extremely important. Baking soda has astringent properties to neutralize the effects of venom on the skin and control pain, swelling, redness and itching.

Make a paste of baking soda with water and apply it on the affected area. Leave it for 15-20 minutes.

Also Read: Teach Your Kids These 5 Essential First Aid Tips

4. Apple cider vinegar

This is another popular home remedy and worth a try. Vinegar helps in neutralizing the venomous toxin. Simply dilute the apple cider vinegar with water and either soak the affected area in it(if soaking is possible) Initially, it would start with a tingling sensation followed by swelling, redness and sharp pain.

5. Toothpaste

Well, there is no scientific evidence why toothpaste can aid bee sting but it does work and that is why people trust this as an effective bee sting first aid. It is possibly because toothpaste is alkaline in nature and it can reduce the acidic effect of the bee sting. Just dab some on the affected area and leave it for 15-20 minutes.

Most bee stings are normal and do not require medical assistance. However, if you don’t find relief after these first aid remedies, you must consult a doctor.

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