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Top 5 At Home Remedies For Insect Stings

No matter how much effort you put into keeping away stinging insects, unfortunately, they are inevitable.  The spring and summer are notorious for bees, wasps, hornets and more. Most of us have experienced the unpleasantness of a sting before, but you may not have known any useful remedies for pain and swelling relief. If you have any sort of allergy to these insects, you should seek medical attention if stung; otherwise, here are some easy, at-home tips for insect stings.

    1. Tobacco: You don’t have to be a smoker to find a use for tobacco. Apply a pinch of tobacco onto a sting and cover it with a Band-Aid.  The tobacco will draw the poison right out, relieving pain and reducing swelling.

 

    1. Aspirin: No, we’re not referring to the obvious painkiller popping. Try dissolving an aspirin with a little bit of water to make it into a sort of paste and apply over the sting.

 

    1. Toothpaste: Apply a small dab of toothpaste to the sting.  This is especially useful for bee stings because the alkaline properties of toothpaste neutralize the acidic venom of a bee sting.

 

    1. Aloe Vera: This can be used in its natural form from an aloe plant or store bought gel.  Aloe helps to cool the burn and relieves itching.

 

  1. Baking Soda: Using a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of water, make a paste and apply to the sting, which will provide a cooling effect and can also balance out an acidic venom.

There are dozens of other remedies that can relieve insect stings, but these remedies come from items that are already found in many homes. Anytime you are stung by an insect, be sure to remove the stinger first before attempting any remedies.  You can also start with a basic ice compress to relieve swelling.

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