Bee Stings The pain:

A local reaction to the attack of stinging insects, including honeybees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets; Intense pain accompanied by redness, swelling and itching at the site of the sting.

The cause:

Stinging insects cause pain because of the venom they inject into your skin when they sting.  Only honeybees have a barbed stinger and are unable to extract it after stinging, which means the stinger and stinger sac are left behind.  This kills the insect, but the sac keeps pumping venom, making the sting worse.  The other insects can remove their stingers.  meaning they can sting repeatedly.

See a doctor if. you experience any symptoms of allergic reaction,

such as: trouble breathing, tightness in the throat or chest, dizziness or nausea, hives, a drippy nose, a swollen mouth or tongue, and difficulty breathing.  Seek medical attention immediately.  Remember to observe for symptoms of allergic reaction for up to 60 minutes after a sting.  Sometimes someone will look fine for the first 15 minutes or so and then develop a life-threatening reaction.  If you know you’re allergic to bees, get a prescription for an epinephrine kit from your doctor and always have it handy.  * ..

the swelling spreads to a large area-

for example, your entire arm or a large section of your trunk.  Seek medical attention immediately.

pain and swelling continue

more than 72 hours without relief.

Quick relief: Scrape out the stinger.

If the insect bite left behind a stinger, scrape it the sooner the better to scrape out or flick way the stinger, “he explains. (Don’t use your fingers or tweezers to pinch the fuzzy part sticking out-that’s the venom sac.) If you squeeze it, you’ll inject more venom into yourself.

Ice the bite.

Put an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel on for 15 to 20 Slap   minutes to soothe the pain and keep down the swelling.

Slap on some soda.

A paste of baking soda and water takes away the sting

of most bites especially bee stings.  “The baking soda neutralizes the acidity of the bee sting.

Neutralize a wasp attack.

Unlike bee stings, however, Wasp bites are alkaline, so you’ll need something acidic to neutralize them. suggests applying some lemon juice or vinegar to soothe those stings.

Try some tenderness. 

You may soothe the itching by rubbing the area with meat tenderizers made with the enzyme papain.

Use pastes against the pain.

Rubbing toothpaste on a sting makes it feel better because the menthol in the paste has a cooling effect,

Calamine will feel fine. 

Applied as needed, calamine will help soothe the area.

Cream it. To soothe the savage sting, apply some over – the – counter lotion, such as After Bite or Wasp – Eze. For the itching that comes later, apply an over – the – counter cortisone cream.

Wipe it out with ammonia. Sometimes dabbing some household ammonia on the sting does the trick.

Ongoing aid: Elevate the area. If a sting becomes so swollen that it actually aches, elevate the stung a.  rim, leg or other body part so that gravity helps fluid leave the area, reducing swelling and the soreness that comes with it.

Go over the counter.  To further relieve pain and itching, take an over-the-counter analgesic such as aspirin or acetaminophen (paracetamol.  Take as directed on the label.  If you have itching near the sting, oral antihistamines like Choler – Trimetric, Portion or Benadryl may be taken every 4 to 6 hours to ease the itch.

Resist the urge to itch.  Most bites and stings heal themselves after a few days.  If you scratch open a bite, it has a good chance of getting infected, especially in warm, moist climates.  Leave it be.

Put together a poultice.  Poultices ease stings, help heal wounds, and reduce swelling.  The simplest poultice for treating insect bites is a dab of mud.  Or if you want to be more hygienic about it, you can buy powdered clay at a health food store and mix it with a little water.

Apply gentle heat.  If you’re still swollen after the first day on ice, try placing a warning compress or heating pad on the sting as often as possible.

Vitamins and supplements: Increase the zinc.

Certain nutrients appear to offer protection against some insects, possible by altering body odor.  Try 60 mg of zinc a day (about four times the recommended dietary allowance).Dietary sources include oysters, red meats and fortified cereals.  Thiamine (B1) may also help.  Be sure to check with your doctor before taking either supplement. because high doses can cause problems.

Everyday prevention: Shield your skin.  If a bug can’t light, a bug can’t bite.  Wear a long – sleeve shirt and long pants.  Insects like bright colors and floral patterns, so choose white, green, tan, and khaki hues.

Tell bugs to bug off.  Always apply bug repellent when you’re out.  On clothing, use a repellent containing  (such as Permanence), the synthetic version of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemums.  repels bugs even after several washings.  On your skin, you can try a natural product that contains citronella, such as Natal or Wasp Eye, which provides short-term protection from bugs.  These products are available at most health food stores.

Get shots for protection.  “If you have ever had a systemic reaction to an insect sting, you should see an allergist right away, It is vital that an allergist test you to find out which insect venom you are allergic to.  You can be placed on a regimen of allergy shots to lessen the intensity of or prevent allergic reactions in the future.

Carry a kit.  People who are allergic to insect venom should also carry a special medical kit to prevent anaphylactic shock.  It includes a chewable antihistamine and injectable adrenaline, both of which will help stop the symptoms.  Your allergist can prescribe a kit to carry with you at all times, especially outdoors, and demonstrate its correct use.  If you need to use the kit, you should go to the nearest emergency room via paramedic ambulance in case the reaction recurs.

Shun good scents.  Bees are attracted to floral smells.  So, don’t use perfume, aftershave, or even scented deodorant when you are headed for woods or fields or raking leaves and cleaning the gutters,

Choose plain soap.  Use unscented soap and wash your clothes in unscented detergent.  You don’t want to smell like a daffodil.

Be somber.  Avoid brightly colored clothing – no reds, yellows, blues, violets, oranges, or pinks.  And no floral patterns either.  Bees may mistake you for a garden.

Sip inside.  A stinging insect is attracted to any beverage.  If you leave a can of soda untended, a bee can fly into it.  Getting stung in the mouth or throat can cause swelling that could obstruct the airway, even to a no allergic person.

Look before you eat.  Yellow jackets and hornets have splendiferous palates.  Thus, keep a watchful eye on picnic foods during summer outings.

Drive with your windows closed.  If your car is air-conditioned, leave the windows up all summer long, even when the car is parked.  You never know when a stinging insect will make a beeline for the warm interior.

Always wear shoes.  If you are allergic to bee stings, you can’t risk a fancy-free barefoot amble through the meadow.

Try to stay calm.  If a stinging insect approaches, walk calmly away.  If you start flailing your arms and running away, the insect is more likely to sting.

Herbal Help: Soothe the pain with Calendula.  In her classic Modern Herbal, written in 1931. Maude Grieve writes picturesquely that calendula flower “rubbed on the affected part is an admirable remedy for the pain and swelling caused by the sting of a wasp or bee.”

Ease it with garlic and onion.  Both contain enzymes that break down chemical substances known as Prostaglandins that the body releases in response to pain.  Interestingly enough, garlic and onions work both internally and externally.  You can make a poultice of these herbs and apply them directly to insect bites and stings.  You can also get a measure of relief by eating them.

Stop pain with plantain.  Plantain is one of the first herbs my botanical friends mention for bug bites and stings.  (You need to rub on the fresh herb for this remedy to work.)

Oil up and say hash.  Try applying pure lavender, tea tree,  blue chamomile essential oil to the affected area.  The oil can be reapplied every ten minutes until you feel better.

Going, going, polygon.  Both mountain mint and pennyroyal contain polygon, a powerful insect repellent.  If you have access to fresh mountain mint, just pick some leaves and rub them on your skin and clothing.  (But don’t use pennyroyal or mountain mint if you’re pregnant, as the ingredients in these herbs have been known to increase the risk of miscarriage. Kids under age eight should also avoid pennyroyal.) Other repelling herbs include basil (Indians rub the leaves on their skin as an insect repellent, and Africans do the same) and citronella (available in candles and insect repellents, or dilute citronella oil by adding several drops to a vegetable oil base, then apply to skin).

Debug with oil: Try half a cup of olive oil, five or six drops each of essential oils of citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender, and two drops of pennyroyal.  Dab the mixture on as needed.  Avoid contact with your eyes and wash your hands after applying.