4 Helpful Remedies to Treat a Bee Sting
My family took a day trip to the beach yesterday. It was beautiful weather and we were having a blast. But the mood shifted when my daughter was stung by a bee in the afternoon at the playground. She screamed. We panicked. We weren’t super close to home. How do we treat a bee sting outside of our normal surroundings? I’ll share three helpful remedies that we used to treat a bee sting.
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1. Remove the bee stinger
Before you do anything else, you want to try to remove the bee stinger. If you keep the bee stinger in, it could make symptoms worse and cause more pain to the site. You can use a credit card to swipe out the stinger or your fingernail. Try not to use tweezers to pull it out, as this could squeeze more venom into the skin. If you are unsure of how to remove a bee stinger correctly, read this article.
2. Place ice on the bee sting
Once we removed the bee stinger from our daughter’s foot, we immediately placed a bag of ice on it. Fortunately, we had ice available since we had a cooler with water and fruit on the beach. Immediately placing ice on the infected area will help reduce swelling. Don’t panic if you still see swelling. Our daughter’s toes started swelling almost immediately.
However, we held ice to the sting and the swelling stopped and started to go down. Some people are allergic to bee stings, so it’s always a scary moment watching it unfold before your eyes. If there is ever doubt, don’t hesitate to visit the ER or call your local family doctor for advice.
3. Treat a bee sting using lavender essential oil roll on
When my daughter was stung by a bee, our immediate reaction was, “What do we do!?” We removed the bee stinger and my friend offered us her lavender essential oil roll on. If you didn’t know, lavender oil has soothing properties and it can be pain relieving. This especially helps in treating bee stings or spider bites. My daughter was visibly shaken and upset. Minutes after we applied the lavender essential oil roll on, she was able to calm down, so we could further assess how to treat a bee sting.
4. Apply The Bug Bite Thing to the bee sting
If you don’t have one, go purchase The Bug Bite Thing immediately. My wife and I recently bought two of these. We keep one at home and one in the car. We actually purchased this to treat mosquito bites as the mosquitoes love my daughter and I. However, we were able to use The Bug Bite Thing to treat a bee sting yesterday.
Essentially, this tool acts as a suction. You apply it to the skin and pull the lever and it sucks the venom out. It is recommended that you do it a few times. The best results are shown the sooner you act on it. We have seen really good results using this tool with mosquito bites and now a bee sting! I recommend The Bug Bite Thing to anyone!