5 Ways to Treat a Bee Sting

5 Ways to Treat a Bee Sting

It hurts and came as an unexpected blow. Here’s how to ease your pain with simple home remedies.

At first I thought I’d been sunburned on one ear, but as the days passed and the pain continued, I wasn’t so sure.

My pain started when we were visiting a farm for fun, with my toddler. I came home with my right ear throbbing, only to believe that it must have been the sun, shining down on my one side most of the morning. I usually use sunscreen, but it was the first really warm day of the year, and since it was still May, I’d forgotten to slather it on.

You can treat a bee sting at home with a cold compress, calamine lotion, baking soda and more.

A few days later though, I was still reaching for a bag of frozen French fries to calm things down. Something  was up. I decided to ask my husband to check and see if my neck was burnt near my ear, and to my surprise he reported it wasn’t, but that I had a “thing” on my ear, like a bite or a sting.

So, I think that I was actually stung by a bee for the first time in my life, and just didn’t know it! I found a few home remedies that have helped to calm things down. I can still feel it, and don’t expect my symptoms to disappear for a few days yet, but we’re getting there.

Besides the icy French fries, here are 5 other ways I found to naturally cure my bee sting:

1) Ice

You can treat a bee sting at home with a cold compress, calamine lotion, baking soda and more.

Once you’ve been stung by a bee, it’s bound to swell up and cause some redness. With it could come pain. If you have the sensitivity of the Incredible Hulk, then you might not be suffering but if you’re like the rest of us, you’ll probably notice it.

Using ice to calm the swelling and throbbing won’t cure you or make the pain disappear completely.  It can bring the swelling down and offer some cool comfort, though.

2) Baking Soda

You can treat a bee sting at home with a cold compress, calamine lotion, baking soda and more.

Some sources will tell you not to bother with the baking soda. Since it’s cheap and likely sitting in your kitchen, I think there’s no harm in giving it a go. It won’t hurt you. What it could do, if you make a paste with water and spread it over the area that was stung, is remove any itchiness that may be taking over.

3) Calamine Lotion

You can treat a bee sting at home with a cold compress, calamine lotion, baking soda and more.

Thankfully, you can buy calamine lotion easily at any pharmacy, and often in a tall bottle. This chalky, mystery solution composed of zinc oxide and other soothing ingredients will do the same as baking soda and ease any itchy feelings, and swelling.

Worth it? Why not-people have reportedly been using it for hundreds of years as a safe and effective treatment in medicine.

4) Ibuprofen

You can treat a bee sting at home with a cold compress, calamine lotion, baking soda and more.

This stuff isn’t just for headaches. As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, ibuprofen might help to take away some of your pain, if your bee sting is pounding. Read the label and take the amount recommended-sure, it’s not going to work incredible magic, but it will help.

5) A Cold Compress

You can treat a bee sting at home with a cold compress, calamine lotion, baking soda and more.

This one is the simplest solution! Soaking a cloth in cold water and applying it to your sting can be the easiest way to feel some love after an attack. Simply wring out a cloth and place it over the affected area.

Soak again and repeat, once it heats up or dries out. Want more? For additional information on bee stings and treatment, click here.

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