Getting stung by a wasp of any sort isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Depending where you’re stung, and further, whether or not the insect’s stinger remains in the skin, coming into contact with a stinging insect can be a rather painful ordeal.
My sting track record has been pretty great up until recently. I think I was 12 when I was last stung, and the scenario involved two wasps flying up my pant legs and having a party. Fast forward to now, and I’ve been stung twice in the past two weeks; once on my neck by a Yellowjacket, and again on my hand by some sort of wasp hiding within my moms plant (I reached in to move it). Both stings swelled up pretty impressively and were quite itchy, so I wanted to do some research to learn how to go about treating this type of sting at home.
According to Healthline, applying honey to a sting and covering it with a bandage can help to alleviate the burning and itching affiliated with wasp stings. Applying a paste of baking soda and water to the site of the sting can also provide relief by covering it with a bandage and allowing it to soak in for ten to fifteen minutes.
The article via Healthline also recommends soaking the sting in apple cider vinegar, dapping toothpaste onto the affected area, applying a wet aspirin tablet, using aloe Vera, lavender essential oil or tea tree oil, or witch hazel.
I’m definitely keeping these options in mind in case I encounter another angry wasp in the near future, especially since many of the items listed in the article to help treat a sting are likely in your home already. Perhaps these remedies will help you or someone else who comes face to face with a stinging insect.
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